How To Make A Picture Frame Clock

If you like the idea of turning your favorite picture into a clock, you'll be glad to learn that you can make your own picture frame clock. This allows you to be in charge of the final product and have a great time being creative.

In order to make your own picture frame clock you'll need the following items:

A picture frame – You want a picture frame that has at least a half an inch gap between the picture and the glass.

A clock motor – You need to purchase a clock motor that comes with the hands. These can be found at hobby stores. You can also remove the motor and hands out of an old clock, but be very careful not to bend the hands.

A picture – You want to choose a picture large enough to fill in the picture frame completely.

A glue stick – If you choose not to use a glue stick to affix the picture to the cardboard part of the frame, you can use double-sided tape instead.

Scissors – You want to have sharp scissors available to cut a hole in the picture and the cardboard, and to trim any edges of the picture as needed.

Sticker numbers – You can purchase sticker numbers at a hobby store in the design of your choosing.

 To make your picture frame clock, just follow the instructions below:

  • Take the backing off the picture frame and use the glue stick to glue the picture to the front of the backing.
  • Take the scissors and poke a hole through the backing and the picture in the spot where you want the center of the clock's arms to be.
  • Stick the sticker numbers on the picture starting with 12 at the top and continue evenly spacing the numbers to create the clock's face. 
  • Put the stem of the clock motor through the hole you created from the back and attach the hands on the front, being careful not to push them on too tightly. You don't want them rubbing against the picture.
  • Carefully put the backing back into the frame and secure it in place.

When you're finished, you'll have a great looking clock that you can proudly display in your home or office. Of course, if this strikes you as a bit too much work or you gave it a go and it didn't go well, you can always select the perfect clock at a local store like Midcoast Clock & Music Box Company, LLC.