Fun And Easy IKEA Clock Hack With A World Map

Stomma IKEA Clock Hack With Map Tattoo

The other day I tagged along to my friends trip to Ikea. I had no intention of buying anything except for perhaps some salt liquorice and pickled herrings (I have Scandi food tastes). When I spotted this display of Stomma clocks for £1.95 ($2.50).
I knew I had to buy one just so I could do an IKEA Clock hack for fun.
IKEA stomma Clock in shop
I do have a bit of a thing about IKEA hacks especially with maps. There’s my IKEA map table , my Ikea Moppe map hack and my Rismon map lampshade. These are all very popular. Being the predictable crafter I am, I decided to do an IKEA clock hack with maps to complete the set.
As the numbers on the IKEA Stomma clock are proud and to avoid interfering with the mechanism, I used tattoo paper for the map decoupage. I needed the image transfer to be as thin as possible.
World Map IKEA clock hack
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How to hack an Ikea Stomma clock with a world map

  1. The first thing I did was to dismantle the IKEA stomma clock. This involved removing the clear plastic front (a kitchen knife helps with this). Followed my removing the clock mechanisim.
    Dissected IKEA Stomma clock

  3. I wanted my map clock to have a slightly antique look to it. So I covered the face with newspaper and spray painted the rest of the clock with the copper spray paint. Once the paint was dry I rubbed on some dark furniture wax to the copper paint to age it slightly.
    Spray painting the IKea clock with copper paint

  5. Next, I uploaded my chosen map into Canva (a free graphics program). In the program I chose an A4 sized template and a round frame sized to the clock face diameter. I then placed the world map into the round frame before downloading and printing the image. If you want to skip this step you can simply use the same image I created below.
    Round map for world clock hack

  7. Before printing out your map clock face onto the tattoo paper I recomend you print out a test copy on normal paper to test the size and to see how it looks on the clock face. When you are ready to print on to the tattoo paper you will need to print a mirror image. To get a mirror image go to the advance settings in your printer menu options and tick box mirror image.

  9. Following the instructions that come with tattoo paper transfer the image to the clock face. With the paper I used this involved transfering the image to an adhesive sheet of paper, placing it face down onto the clock face. Then wetting the back of the paper with a wet coth before removing the paper backing to reveal the image.
    Cutting map clock face to size
    Applying tattoo paper

  11. The map transfer to the clock face with tattoo paper wasn’t perfect. This was partly due to the raised numbers on the IKEA Stomma clock face and I was a bit cack handed in removing the paper backing. But rather than starting again I realised that I could simply tidy up the edges of the map by colouring in the missing bits with Sharpies. This worked really well and saved me using another piece of tattoo paper.
    Decoupage map clock with tattoo paper

  13. Finally all that is left to do is to put the IKEA world map clock back together and hang it on the wall

Ikea map wall clock hack
World map wall Ikea clock hack

Map decoupage an IKEA hack with clocks

If you like to use maps in your crafts and decor than check out my map projects. Or if Ikea hacks are more your thing than you can see those here.
Unique and cool IKEA hacks on Pillarboxblue
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18 Responses

  1. I absolutely love the colour pallette of the map that you have for this fantastic hack, what a way to take something plain and make it unique. Thank you so much for linking up to #HomeEtc X

    • Thank you, Lins. That is what I like to do personalise things and make them unique.

  2. Another great makeover Claire — you’re the queen of maps!! Such a great idea 🙂 Thaks so much for sharing!! #HomeEtc

    • Thank you, Caro. As you’ve noticed I have a thing about maps.

  3. This actually looks difficult Claire, but so worth it because it adds dimension to the plain clock. And you already know how I feel about maps!

  4. Oh darn, I was just at IKEA and somehow missed this deal! I would have loved to have created something with this idea – thanks for the inspiration! Thanks for sharing on To Grandma’s House We Go!

    • Thank you, I’m sure the clocks will be around for a good while yet.

  5. LOVE this idea. It looks amazing… Would love to have you come share at Reader Tip Tuesday. We’re open and growing all week long:
    Hope to see you there.

  6. This is so fun, Claire! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  7. Claire, you knocked it out of the BALLPARK with this one! I love those colors, the entire look is amazing! I am going to pin to SO MANY of my Pinterest boards…thanks for sharing at Inspiration Monday.

  8. What a fantastic transformation, I need to get myself to IKEA. Thanks for sharing with Creatively Crafty Link Party #CCBG

  9. What a neat idea, I never thought to upcycle IKEA products.

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