DIY Wall Clock

Since I started my kitchen renovation the wall clock I had up for years no longer worked, so I started thinking of a clock to make.  I used the clock mechanism from my old clock for this project and I had all the other material in the house already.

diy clock



1 wire coat hanger
Pair of wire cutters
Hot glue
Piece of wood (cut to desired size)
Paint (white and black or brown)
Clock kit (or take it from an old clock)

I used a piece of extra mdf I had in my basement the width was fine at 16″ but the length was too long so I cut 4″ off to give me 20″ length.  I measured a rectangle in the center and screwed four screws in the corners of this rectangle and cut the lengths of wire I would need from a wire coat hanger.  I painted my board after drawing the rectangle on.  Don’t use pen when you draw your rectangle otherwise you will have to sand the pen mark off and repaint – 🙂 yup I was too impatient to go find a pencil that will teach me huh?




Attach the wire around the screws using your pliers (if you paint the wire first it will get scratched up when you use the pliers so you may have to do some touch ups with some paint)

Here you can see the screws and wire up closediy wall clock

I left my wire with some white showing through, you could paint yours completely if you want. I also added some old washers I had below the clock hands just to give it a little more industrial look.

After you get your metal coat hanger rectangle attached you can start using the twine and nails to make your numbers.  I looped the twine around the coat hanger rectangle then drew it out to the edge of the board leaving extra twin to hot glue on the back.  When I found where I wanted the twine to be on the board I put a nail in then tied the twine around the nail, once this was done for all the numbers I flipped it over and hot glued the twine onto the back.  You could cut yours of at the nail if you want but I wanted mine to have the twine on the edges for more character.

twine clock

twine clock

I used two nails on the back and a piece of wire so I could hang this up (you can use twine instead of the wire if you don’t have any wire handy).

I also put a nail in the middle of the coat hanger rectangle and attached the clock mechanism there.  You could drill a hole in the middle so just the clock hands were showing but again I wanted this to look a little more industrial so I put the whole mechanism on the front.  I also didn’t love the hands on the clock that I had so I took some black craft paper and cut these arrows out and hot glued them to the hands.

Here’s the completed clock!diy wall clock

DIY wall clock

This project took a few hours total with trial and error (having to redo a few numbers as I wasn’t happy with the placement of them).  If you decide to try this let me know I’d love to see your clocks as well!

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66 comments for “DIY Wall Clock

  1. October 27, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    What a fun and easy idea project! Especially if you have a beautiful piece of wood. Great unique birthday gift DIY project.

  2. Mel
    October 26, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Definitely very cool, I never would’ve thought of that. It looks like it belongs on Etsy. Enjoy your SITS day!

    • Dria
      October 26, 2013 at 11:13 pm

      Aww thank you so much Mel!

  3. October 26, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    A touch of retro. Love this! Happy. SITS day!

    • Dria
      October 26, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      Thank you so much Delaney!

  4. October 25, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    What a totally cool clock! Thanks! Happy SITS day.

    • Dria
      October 25, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      Thank you so much Jean! I am so happy with the way the clock turned out too!

  5. Jen
    October 25, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Love this clock!! Very awesome idea – and Happy SITS Day!! 🙂

    • Dria
      October 25, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Thank you so much Jen! It was a fun project to do 🙂

  6. October 25, 2013 at 11:51 am

    This is so cool! Modern but kind of rustic at the same time with the twine. 🙂 Happy SITS day, BTW!

    • Dria
      October 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      Thank you so much Martha!! I love mixing modern with rustic/traditional! Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  7. October 25, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I love this! I need to start more DIY projects!!

    • Dria
      October 25, 2013 at 11:45 am

      Thanks so much Monica, it was such an easy project you should give it a try!

  8. pmoppins
    October 25, 2013 at 10:28 am

    What a neat clock! It would look great in lots of styles of houses modern, shabby chic, country, vintage, so versatile! Thanks for sharing!

    • Dria
      October 25, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Thank you so much Julie!!

  9. October 25, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I have a clock I need to fix but haven’t found a clock kit that fits the clock. I tried Michaels and Joannes but the size wasn’t right. I might have to check out Amazon to find something. Thanks for the post. Your clock is quite attractive. Enjoy your SITS Day.

    • Dria
      October 25, 2013 at 9:46 am

      Thanks so much! I hope you have success finding the right pieces for your clock I’m sure Amazon will have what you need!

  10. October 25, 2013 at 8:35 am

    OHMYGOSH I can’t belive you MADE that!! You are so so talented!!! I love the look of it too. Brilliant!! I am going to share your blog… you are amazing and I know many who would LOVE to follow you!!! HAPPY SITS DAY!

    • Dria
      October 25, 2013 at 8:55 am

      😉 Thank you so much Christine!

  11. October 25, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I absolutely love this! It looks fantastic. A friend of mine just moved and mentioned wanting a wall clock for the space over her fireplace. This is exactly what she needs!

    • Dria
      October 25, 2013 at 8:40 am

      Thank you so much for stopping by Jamie! I would love to see your friends clock when she makes it 🙂

  12. October 25, 2013 at 6:24 am

    I’m getting excited now looking through your blog. I’ve gotta try this clock — it looks so unique and amazing!

    • Dria
      October 25, 2013 at 7:30 am

      😉 Thank you so much!

  13. glitterglueandpaint
    September 24, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Love your clock. It’s so much fun. Thanks so much for sharing at Throwback Thursday.


    • Dria
      September 25, 2013 at 6:29 am

      🙂 Thank you Denyse!!

  14. September 19, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    That’s really cool looking! Love the clock part showing; it adds more character with the twine!

    • Dria
      September 20, 2013 at 6:46 am

      Thank you so much! It was such a fun project to do and I love all things twine!!

  15. August 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    This would sell for big bucks at Pottery Barn!

    Such ingenuity, it looks fabulous!

    Hugs & Kisses!

    • Dria
      August 24, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      🙂 Thank you so much Corinna!!

  16. August 23, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Your clock is one of my favorite things I’ve seen lately! It’s so unique!

    • Dria
      August 24, 2013 at 7:19 am

      Thank you so much Virginia that is so sweet!!

  17. August 22, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Hi Dria! Just wanted to pop over to let you know that I am featuring your awesome clock tomorrow night at Best of the Weekend! So excited to put this wonderful project in the spotlight! 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful Friday!

    • Dria
      August 23, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      Aww Thank you so much Cindy!! That makes my weekend! Hope you have a fantastic weekend too!

  18. August 19, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Great project! You’re one of our top 3 most viewed links at Home{work} Wednesday! Congrats and we hope you’ll ink again this week!

    • Dria
      August 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      🙂 Thank you so much Marty! Will def be linking with you again!

  19. August 17, 2013 at 10:52 am

    This is so creative and fun! I love it!
    On behalf of Lisa, Cindy & myself, thanks so much for sharing this at our “Best Of The Weekend party”! I am pinning this to our party board and to another big board too.
    Have a great weekend!

    • Dria
      August 18, 2013 at 8:16 am

      🙂 Thank you so much Claire!!

  20. August 16, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    This is so unique! Love it 🙂

    • Dria
      August 16, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you so much Linda!!

  21. August 13, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    You are SO creative. This is awesome!

    • Dria
      August 13, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      😉 Thank you Jeannine!!

  22. August 13, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Dria, I LOVE this clock! It is definitely a cool, modern wow! Thanks for sharing – pinning! Have a happy Tuesday!

    • Dria
      August 13, 2013 at 8:16 am

      Thanks so much Cindy!!

  23. August 13, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Love this idea! I totally did not realize that was twine until the close up pictures! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

    • Dria
      August 13, 2013 at 8:16 am

      😉 Thank you Jenna!! I love using twine for projects!

  24. Linda
    August 12, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Love it Dria. You are so talented and creative. 🙂

    • Dria
      August 12, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      🙂 Thank you so much Linda!!

  25. August 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Awesome as usual, Dria! That is a really awesome clockI

    Cher @ Designs by Studio C

    • Dria
      August 12, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      🙂 Thank you so much Cher!!!

  26. August 12, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    You are so creative and I love that you used twine for the numbers.

    • Dria
      August 12, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      🙂 Thank you so much Melissa!!

  27. August 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    This is really, really cool! You could make millions!! Great job!~~Angela

    • Dria
      August 12, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      Aww Thanks Angie!!

  28. August 12, 2013 at 2:14 pm


    I LOVE your industrial chic design style. It’s so offbeat and unique.

    I’m pinning this for sure!


    • Dria
      August 12, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      Aww 🙂 Thank you so much Becky!!

  29. August 12, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    This clock rocks! I’ve always been a huge fan of the look from pins and strings, great tips!!

    • Dria
      August 12, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      🙂 Thank you Trisha!! It was so easy to make and free which is my favorite!!

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