**Originally posted here in November 2008.**
I originally planned on showing how to make a Photo Clock like you can order from Snapfish for almost $50, but I didn’t have a photo on hand. So…I decided that the kids could draw a picture instead! The whole project took about an hour from beginning to end, but that did include the 20 minutes or so my kids took coloring.
Instead of spending $50 and waiting for it to be delivered, you can spend around $5!!
So…you only need a few things: pen, scissors, a large(12×12) sheet of paper, a large photo(based on the size of your clock, you may need an 8×10 or 11×14), a tiny screw driver, and a clock. I grabbed a cheap $4 wall clock from Walgreens today(like the one shown below), but you could use any one that has screws on the back…some of the really cheap ones are glued together.
I’m going to give you a ton of pictures and a ton of directions…it’s really idiot-proof though. I’m just trying to be really specific.
To start, unscrew all the little screws on the back in order to take the glass front off. Be sure to set the face of the clock on something semi-soft so that it won’t get scratched.
Next is probably the hardest part: You’ll have to take off the second, minute and hour hands. For most clocks, you just have to pull on the second hand and pop it off. Once you get it off, it’s really easy to get the other two. When you’re pulling, you may think that you’re going to break it…you won’t…probably. If you do break it, you’ve only lost four bucks!
Once you get all the hands off, it will look like this:
Next you’ll want to turn the clock over and carefully trace the edge of the clock on your 12×12 paper. I say be careful because you’ll have the little center part sticking out. If you break it, you’ve broken the clock. So don’t break it!
Once you have it traced out, you will cut out the circle. Remember that you’ll also want to trim a little bit off from what you traced because the inside of the clock is smaller than the outside. It’s always better to make it too big than too small though…you can keep trimming it until it fits perfectly.
Once it’s all cut out and looks like it’s going to fit, you’ll turn the clock back over. Center the circle over the clock and gently push down on the center post. You probably won’t be able to push hard enough to puncture the paper without breaking the post. So just make an indentation that you can punch out later.
I then used my little screwdriver I had on hand to make a hole where the indendation was, and make it all smooth.
Now you’re to the fun part! Since I didn’t have a picture, I let the kids color on the white circle I had cut out. If you were using a photo, you would take the circle and use it as a template for cutting your photo into a circle. But remember to take note of where the clock hands will be once you place your picture in the clock. You probably don’t want the hour hand sprouting out of Uncle Bob’s nose, or even worse…someone’s crotch! (Or maybe you do…because really, that’s funny!)
You’re getting close now! Take your photo or artwork and glue or tape it onto the clock face. I like to use double sided tape, but you could use whatever you have available.
Then you’ll need to put the hands back on(usually in the hour, minute, second order). Make sure that they are all flat. If they got bent when you were trying to get them off, they won’t run smoothly. But you can easily straighten them back out.
Now just screw the clock back together…
And you’re done! Congrats!
Want to see more of my crafty creations?
Check out the other 12 Crafts of Christmas:
Week One: Silhouettes
Week Two: Personalized Wall Clocks
Week Three: Glass Etching
Week Four: Fancy Fingerpaint Art
Week Five: Freezer Paper Stencils
Week Six: Tie-Knot Fleece Blanket
Week Seven: Jewelry: Ribbon & Pearl Bracelet, Wool Ball Necklace, DIY Button Earrings
Week Eight: Chalkboard Paint Ideas: Glasses, Chalkboard, Candle, Love Box
Week Nine: Frugal Finds
Week Ten: Personalized Pendants
Week Eleven: Edible Edition