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:
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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: