DIY: new clock face

One of the great struggles in our family is conveying the importance of time to the younger members. A major flaw in our current strategy is that the kids room does not have a clock. However, this oversight was fixed by the weekend trip to Ikea, when we purchased a Rusch clock for $2.99. I knew that I wanted to customize it, so on Monday morning when John was sleeping I proceeded to gut the clock.

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That is the clock with the faceplate off, hands off, and the face pulled out. I traced the old clock face on teal paper, marked off the numbers, and made yellow numbers on a navy background. (The colors of the clock roughly match the kids’ comforters.)

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For the numbers I cut a strip of paper that was approximately the same height as the original numbers and just started cutting away. The navy background was created by cutting shapes that I liked and fitting them all together like the pieces of a puzzle.

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Here is a close up of the numbers (apologies for the upside down photos, I’ll fix it later today.) Then I glued them on, cut out the clock face, lined everything up and put it back together.

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If you look closely you can see that I covered the hands of the clock with white out so that they would be visible on the darker paper. It looks sloppy up close, but it is fine from a distance. It was the whiteout that comes in strips, so it was actually quite tricky to do.

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And here is the finished product (without the faceplate because it adds glare to the photo). Not bad for an hour and a half worth of work! And the kids loved it, which was also nice.

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