Craft Idea: Make a Clock in 30 Minutes!

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I'm always looking for photo ideas for displaying my photographs and this wall clock using digital or film photographs is a quick and easy way to display your work by making your photos into an analogue clock. It's a great craft idea for showing off your wedding photos, baby photos, birthday photos or Christmas photos without forcing your friends and family to watch 37 slide shows on your laptop.

Photo Ideas: Make a Photo Clock

To Make a Photo Clock you will need:

  • 12 4x6 photographs.
  • A set of scrap booking (or photo safe) numbers or letters. Remember you will need enough sets to give you will need five number "1"s (for 1, 10, 11 and 12)
  • Photo dots (like little bits of photo safe sticky tack for sticking your photos to the wall)
  • A clock mechanism (I got mine by pulling apart an old clock I found at the recycling centre)
  • A protractor or an old clock face
  • A pencil and a long ruler

1. Decide which photos you will use for your clock - this can take ages!!! If they're digital, get them printed with a border so they all match together when you put together your clock. I used a plain black frame. Look for photos that use a similar colour scheme, in the photo above, I used photos with blues and browns in them to give the photo clock a consistent look. More Photo Clock Theme Ideas.
2. Measure up your wall space by finding the centre of the wall. Use a protractor (or an old clock face) to make a big star shape (measure out lines every 30 degrees to give you 12 divisions). I drew my lines in pencil but if you own the wall you could do your lines in a permanent marker and make them a feature of the clock (it's much easier to actually tell the time this way!)

I used the angles on the old clock face because I haven't owned a protractor since high school...

3. Mount the clock mechanism on the wall in the exact centre. You may want to add your own hands to the mechanism like I did (I stuck them over the original hands) or leave the originals on. Remember if the hands are too heavy your clock may go too slow!

3. Arrange your photographs. I put mine at random making sure each photograph sat somewhere on the line for it's time

4. When you have the arrangement you like, add the numbers. You can use numerals or spell out the numbers. 

5. Check the time and see how long it took!!

Costing: (NZ$$)

Old clock: $1
New batteries: $2
Photos: $3.48
Photo dots: $4
Hands and Stickers: $6

Total Cost: $NZ $16.48 ($US 13.09)

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