Make an Easy DIY Wall Clock from Photos


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Let’s be honest: you’re only excited to look at a clock when you’re waiting for it signal the end of a long day. And those clocks usually aren’t much to look at.

This DIY will make you happy to see what time it is, at any time of the day. Make a clock that uses your fabulous framed photos for each hour.

It’s an easy project that we think you’ll have a fantastic time with.

Digital clocks will be wishing they were analog!

Make A Clock Using Photo Frames

p.s. Our pals at Lensbaby make this *amazing* lens called The Muse. You can squeeze and bend it to move around your photo’s sweet spot of focus!


Why Make Time For This?

beforeThis DIY clock is functional, makes great wall art, and is unique to you because you get pick what photos and frames you wanna use for it.

Plus it uses materials that aren’t hard to find and put together: some pictures frames and a clock-making kit—both easily found at your local craft store.

Trickiest part? Picking out which photos will make it in your photo clock wall of fame.

The Ingredients:

  • Two sheets of 18″ x 24″ newsprint or poster paper
  • Scotch tape
  • A pencil
  • 12 picture frames for 2″ x 3″ photos
  • 12 2″ x 3″ photos
  • A clock-making kit
  • A ruler
  • 8.5 x 11 sheet of cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • Blue painter’s tape
  • Nails
  • A hammer

STEP 1: Plan It Out

beforeLay out your two sheets of newsprint or poster paper on a flat surface, and tape them together with some scotch tape.

On top of the taped paper, arrange your clock part and picture frames how you’d want them to look like on your wall.

When you’ve got all your frames laid out to your liking, use your pencil to trace around the frames.

Set aside the drawing after you’ve traced all the frames; you’re going to be using this drawing in Step 5.

We bought our frames at our local craft store. Our frames are for small pictures (2” x 3”), but feel free to experiment with larger frames and pictures if you’ve got the wall space for it!

STEP 2: Fill Yer Frames

beforeNow it’s time to put your photos in—make sure they’re sized to fit your frames.

Here’s some fun ideas for what kind of photos you could use for your clock:

  • Pictures that represent the number of each hour—that’s what we did for our clock.
  • Photos of 12 different places you’ve been to.
  • Pics of 12 different foods you’d eat during each for the hour it represents. For example, we’d have pics of pizza for 12, cuz pizza’s good for lunch and late-nite munchies!
  • Photos of the 12 gifts your true love gave to you during the 12 days of Christmas.

STEP 3: Cover It Up

beforeWith your photos framed, it’s time to make the clock part look good, too.

With a pencil, a ruler and some scissors, draw and cut out a square or rectangle shape from your letter-sized cardstock paper that’s big enough to cover your clock part.

We cut our cover to match with the size of one of our frames: 3.25″ x 3.75″.

The paper clock cover you just crafted will take the place of the clock’s face when you assemble all the clock pieces, so make sure your cover has a hole in the middle of it so that it will fit through the hand shaft (the piece of metal that sticks out of the clock part).

STEP 4: Put the Tick to the Tock

beforeTime to assemble your clock piece!

Follow the instructions that come with your clock-making kit to put it all together. Put the cover you made in Step 3 where the instructions tell you to put in the “clock face.”

STEP 5: Time to Nail It

beforeTake tracing you did in Step 1 and use some blue tape to put it on the wall where you want your photo clock to be.

With the frame tracings as a guide, hammer in the nails for your frames on top of the tracings.

After you’re done hammering in the nails for all the frames and the clock piece, carefully tear off the paper guide. The nails you’ve put in the wall should still be intact.

STEP 6: Hang It Up!

beforeNow with all your nails in place, you can hang up your frames as well as your clock piece.

Pop in an AA battery, set your clock, and stand back to admire the awesome personalized clock you just made!

More Time-worthy Ideas

  • Got an Instax camera? Easily whip up an Instax photo clock like we did above!
  • Make a neat, picture clock using a CD with this tutorial.
  • Personalize an existing clock by adding a photo to your clock face with this simple hack.
  • Wrap a clock in photos using this handy guide.
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