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How To Make A Rustic Style Clock

A while back I wrote a post on most creative recycled crafts which included a free printable for making clock faces out of cds.  I was super excited to have found the printables and have had several plans in mind to use them in different clock designs.

Since I need a small wall clock in my cabin kitchen, I figured that would be the best place to start.

We built our cabin using many cost saving and unique ideas so I thought it was appropriate to accessorize it with as many creative and inexpensive ways that I could.  This project cost me absolutely no money at all to complete – YAY!  I didn’t even have to buy a clock kit because I took apart a clock that we weren’t using and used the mechanism from that!

Here is what I did and how you can make this too:

Materials Needed:

  • a 3/4 inch to one inch thick slice from a tree trunk (you can also purchase a natural disc slice from a craft store like Joann or Michaels)
  • an old cd
  • free clock face printable (click on link above)
  • clock kit (can be purchased from a craft store or take apart an old clock that you are not using)
  • strong craft glue like E6000 or Loctite
  • velcro

Instructions:

1.  First, I took apart the clock that I was going to recycle using a phillips screw driver and a wrench.  I set the parts I would need aside.

Clock face printable glued to a recycled cd. Demonstration of cutting out center hole in clock face for hands.

2.  I took the clock face that I had previously made with a cd and the free printable and cut out the middle circle with an exacto knife.

Cutting of clock hands, with tin snips, to a smaller size. 3.  Since the clock that I was recycling was quite a bit bigger than the face of the clock that I was making, I had to make the hands smaller.  There was no sense in purchasing new clock hands when I could hack away at the old ones with tin snips.  It was an easy modification.

Reassembled clock face with all three hands in place. 4.  Then, I just reassembled all of the clock pieces and inserted a battery.

Attaching cd clock face to a wooden disc with velcro. 5.  To give the clock more of a rustic feel, I attached the face to the tree slice using velcro.  This way I will be able to remove the face easily whenever the battery needs to be changed.  I also added a picture hanger to the back so that I could hang it on a wall.  ***If you want the clock face to sit flush against the wood slab, you can notch out a square box first with a router, then simply attach the velcro inside the notched out box.

And, here is the finished clock:

Finished rustic clock craft on the wall.

Happy Crafting!