Materials and Tools

A clock mechanism. Either purchase one from a craftshop, or buy a cheap ugly clock and raid the mechanism from it. If you are wanting to make a statement, you could always use the mechanism from your grandparent's Grandfather clock, however ask permission first.

The rest of the materials really depend on you and what you'd like to use. You can make the case or front panel for the clock out of MDF, wood, papermache, plastic or tin from old containers, etc.

The tools you will require obviously will relate to the materials you wish to use. Likely candidates are:

Marker pens/ Paint



Cardboard/ Paper

Craft knife

Drill/ Jigsaw

Anything else you you might have lying around the house

Step 1

The first step is to plan your clock design. Do you wish to build a clock case whereby the clock will stand on it's own (so it can sit on a shelf for example), or create just a front panel for the clock and have it hang on a wall? Are you going to use a basic clock mechanism, or one with pendulums? It maybe that you can utilise the pendulums to add an extra bit of creativity to your design.


Step 2

The rest is really up to you and your imagination. Go for it. Cut out your clock shapes- use a jigsaw for MDF or plywood, scissors or knife if you are making it out of cardboard. A few things to keep in mind- the front panel that the clock mechanism attaches to will need to be a certain thickness depending on the depth of the screw thread on the mechanism (behind where the clock arms attach). Also, make sure that the clock arms are free to move, and will not get caught up on anything. Take care of the clock arms when pulling them on and off as they are delicate and can break. And remember that you will need to be able to change the battery, so don't block access to the back of the clock mechanism.

clock designs

Paint your clock, sprinkle on glitter, glue on bits and pieces, decorate 'til your heart's content.


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