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Simple Clock Make Over

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I spotted this rather sad and dated clock in a charity shop, the mechanics worked fine, it even had a working battery so well worth the £2 being asked for it. Here’s how I brought it ‘back to the future’.

  • Coarse, clean scouring pad
  • Wrapping paper (strong, good quality ‘Kraft’ type is best)
  • PVA glue
  • Paper towel
  •  Steel ruler
  • Craft knife (very sharp!)
  • Matt varnish

Remove the clock mechanism and put it to one side.

Rub the clock face with a coarse, clean scouring pad, or light sandpaper. This is to clean it and give a rougher surface for the glue.

Rub with a coarse, clean scouring pad.

Rub with a coarse, clean scouring pad.

Using the clock as a template, draw around it on the blank side of the wrapping paper, leaving a few millimetres around the edge – this can be tidied up later. (Sorry for the confusion – this Orla Kiely* wrapping paper had patterns on both sides.)

Spread PVA glue sparingly over the clock face – I used an old defunct credit card. Go right to the edges, then leave to dry for 30–40 seconds.

Gently place the wrapping paper on the clock face, starting at one side. To smooth it out, place a paper towel over the wrapping paper and slide a steel ruler across the surface; you are aiming for a smooth, tight fit.

Use a ruler to smooth out the paper.

Use a ruler to smooth out the paper.

Leave to dry. If any edges have not stuck properly, add a little glue now and then press them down.

Turn the clock over so the back is facing up and, using a very sharp craft knife, trim the excess paper right up to the sides of the clock.

Trim off the edges.

Trim off the edges.

Apply several layers of matt varnish, allowing the varnish to dry completely between coats.

Apply clear matt varnish.

Apply clear matt varnish.

Once fully dry, refit the mechanism and hang up the clock.

If the clock mechanism itself is busted you can buy these cheaply enough online – with many coming in under a couple of quid.



Hands up anyone who remembers ‘rough’ books! Ours were blue and smelt of fish and chips when new. I’m not sure if schools use rough books anymore – have tablets and iPads taken over? In a fit of nostalgia I turned the clock (but not the one above) back and covered the book in the reverse side of the wrapping paper – now it’s designerware, ideal as a stocking filler, and cheap as chips.




New to me are these fancy hole punches now available for paper crafting. I’ve only just discovered them, but I’m already knocked out by the choice. Using scraps of wrapping paper left over from other projects I’ve cut out heart shapes and stuck them onto plain brown labels.


About the Author:

Ruth Tott is the publisher of Home Farmer Magazine, and together with her husband, Paul Melnyczuk, Editor,is founder of the company. But her background is far removed having specialised in Costume History with a Post-Grad diploma in Museum Studies to boot. A far cry from looking after chickens, growing veg and making bread!

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