With the holidays coming up, it’s about time to start thinking about presents for others (if you haven’t already!). Some of the most difficult gifts to come up with, for me, are gifts to give the men in my life. However, after trying this tutorial to make clocks a couple times, I’m convinced this DIY project may have to be my man-gift go-to!
I’ve actually done the tutorial twice below to show you the process using a different item as the “base” of the clock. The options for what can be turned into a clock are endless, and you can be creative in deciding what your giftee would appreciate in a clock! I used an old cigar box and a piece of scrap wood advertisement, but, basically, if you can drill a hole in it, you can make it a clock!
To make a clock, all you will need is an item to turn into a clock, a drill (with a bit appropriate for whatever you’re drilling through), and a clock face kit. (Clock face kits are available at most craft stores.) If you would like to hang the clock on the wall when you’re done, then you’ll also need picture hangers.
The first step is to decide where on the item you would like the clock face to be. When you find a placement you like, mark the center point of the clock hands. Carefully drill a hole on that point that is just large enough for the clock mechanism to fit through.
Next, take the motor part of the clock mechanism and push it through the hole you just drilled. The battery pack should be on the back of your clock item. If you find the hole you drilled is a bit large for the clock mechanism and it won’t stay in place, just add a dab of glue on each side of the hole and glue the motor to the back of your clock base.
Lastly, attach the clock hands to the motor piece as the kit directions show you. If you’d like to hang the clock on the wall, this would be the time to attach the hangers.
You just made a unique, one of a kind clock!
Yes, it really is as simple as drill, put in the motor, and attach the clock hands! Just to show you how easy it is, I’ll go through the process one more time using a different clock base item: a piece of scrap wood advertisement.
First, decide where you’d like the clock to be placed on the item. I wanted to keep the advertising prominent, so I opted for putting the clock on the left side of the wood. Drill a hole.
Push the motor mechanism through the hole you just drilled.
Attach the clock hands as the directions show you.
Voila! Another amazing clock!
I love how deceitfully high end this project can look. It’s easy to make a fabulous, one of a kind statement piece for the man cave, garage, or office that ties in a guy’s interests or hobby, all in just a few steps! The possibilities of what can be turned into a clock are endless. Some other items I thought could work well are a vintage oilcan, an old radio, a camera, a hubcap, or a vintage lunchbox. If you can drill a hole in it and conceal the clock motor behind it, it can be a clock for that special guy!
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