Five ways to decorate a clock

inspiration

Our clock kits are a great blank canvas for decorating however you fancy - we've collated some of our favourite techniques below to provide some inspiration! All you need is one of our clock kits and a covering of your choice. 

Instructions on how to add the mechanism and hands are included in the kit.

1 | Paint

Whether using acrylic, oil or watercolour, your clock face comes with a base coat and is ready to paint. We love creating abstract designs - which are super simple to recreate - or an ombre effect. 

You will need:

- Paint of your choice

- Paint brush

- Spray varnish (optional)

As our clock kits are pre-painted, they're ready to paint straight out of the packet. If you're using watercolours, you may want to paint onto thin watercolour paper first and then glue to the clock face. Acrylic and oil paints can be painted directly onto the face. 

If you have a spray varnish its a good idea to give it a quick coat once dry - and hang out of direct sunlight to reduce the risk of fading.

 

2 | Books

Books are a great way of covering your clock - and are a fab gift for a book-loving friend!

You will need:

- Book (or books!) 

- Glue (we use Mod Podge)

- Scissors 

- Craft knife

- Varnish 

- Brush for glue and for varnish (we use separate ones but you could wash in between)

Pick out your favourite excerpts, cut them from the book, and layer to cover. Take a photo so you can remember the placement.

Apply the glue to the clock face, and layer the pages on top. Use a clean rolling pin to reduce any air bubbles.

Once dry, flip the clock over and cut around the edge. If the edges go fluffy, you can file with a nail file so they're smooth. Cover with a light layer of varnish.

 

3 | Maps

Maps are a fantastic way of personalising a clock around a special memory or event - we've created map clocks to commemorate birth places, weddings and first homes. 

You will need:

- Map

- Glue

- Craft knife

- Varnish 

- Brush for glue and for varnish (we use separate ones but you could wash in between)

Cut out the area of the map you want on your clock face, and glue onto your clock. Use a clean rolling pin to reduce any air bubbles. 

Once dry, flip the clock over and cut around the edge. If the edges go fluffy, you can file with a nail file so they're smooth.

If you do have air bubbles, you can make a very small incision on the pattern of the map and smooth over. 

Cover with a light layer of varnish.

 

 

You can view our TikTok video on making a map clock on here >

 

4 | Gold / Silver Leaf

Looking for a luxe look? Adding gold or silver leaf is a really simple way of adding a touch of glam to your clock face. You can layer on top of paint, or simply add to the existing white base.

You will need:

- Glue (Mod Podge or PVA)

- Gold / Silver leaf

- Brush for glue

- Dry brush to brush over the leaf once dry

Use Mod Podge or PVA to stick your gold or silver leaf to your clock face, allow time to dry and then brush away any excess. For a mottled look, brush with a harder paint brush. If you brush too much away, simply apply another layer of gold/silver leaf. 

Alternatively, you can use masking tape and spray paint to create a funky modern geometric design.

 

5 | Using artwork

Clocks are a cute way to display children's artwork. You can either use one large piece to completely cover the clock or create a collage. Use the same process as for the map / book clocks. 

 

You can buy our DIY clock kit here