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.
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.
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What you need for a Stomma Ikea Clock Hack with Maps
- IKEA Stomma Clock
- Copper Spray Paint
- Drak wax (optional)
- Printable tattoo paper
- Spray fixative or varnish
- Assorted Coloured Sharpies
- Map to print – I have a collection of free printable vintage maps here that you are free to use. I used the world map from this collection.
How to hack an Ikea Stomma clock with a world map
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Finally all that is left to do is to put the IKEA world map clock back together and hang it on the wall