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24+ Unique DIY Upcycled Clocks You’ll Want In Your Home

Inside: 24 fabulous ideas for making your own DIY upcycled clocks for the mantle or wall.

Upcycling isn’t just good for the planet – it’s also a fun and rewarding way to express your creativity and make something unique. When you upcycle, you can experiment with different materials, colours, and designs and create something that reflects your style and tastes.

A fun beginner upcycling project is a DIY clock. You can either upcycle an old existing clock or repurpose other materials to make one.

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How To Make An Upcycled Clock

Making clocks from repurposed everyday items can be surprisingly easy, especially using a modern battery clock mechanism. These mechanisms are widely available and easily found online or at craft stores.

Once you have a clock mechanism, you only need a base or backing to attach it to and something to use as the clock face. This could be anything from an old record or a piece of wood to a vintage game board or a collection of keys. The key is to find a visually exciting item that will make for an attractive clock face.

Next, you’ll want to drill a hole in the centre of your base or backing to accommodate the clock mechanism. Then, attach the mechanism to the base using the screws provided, and add the clock hands.

Now it’s time to attach the clock face. Depending on what you’re using, you may need to drill additional holes or use adhesive to secure it to the base. Once the clock face is in place, your clock is ready to hang!

25 Of The Best DIY Upcycled Clocks

The best part about making clocks from upcycled everyday items is that you can create something unique and personalized. You are giving new life to old or unwanted items and making something functional, decorative, and special. So go ahead and get creative with your repurposing and see what kind of clocks you can come up with!

Other Upcycled Home Crafts To Check Out

If you want more beginner-upcycled home projects, check out these upcycled vase ideas and DIY pencil holders for your desk.

Maps are fun when upcycling; check out these map lighting ideas.


Monday 8th of May 2023

OMW, I would never in a million years have thought there were so many different ways to make a clock. Neither my husband nor I wear watches, but we have clocks all over the house. I bet I can make space for a few more.

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 9th of May 2023

Yes, upcycled clocks are a fun way to use old objects. I'm going to make one myself now I know it's so easy with one of those battery mechanisms to turn anything into a clock.