This alarm clock picture frame craft project will have you looking at old broken clocks in a whole new light! There are so many beautiful and unique old alarm clocks that you can score super-cheap at thrift stores and rummage sales. The best part is that turning that clock into a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind frame is easy!
Supplies needed for Alarm Clock Picture Frame Craft Project:
- Old alarm clock (Like I need to tell you that…and if I do, lucky there are no sharp tools involved in this project.)
- Assortment of pictures to choose from
- Screwdrivers – depending on the clock, you may need a Phillips or flat-head screwdriver. If you have any super-small screwdrivers, those may come in handy)
- Needlenose Pliers
- Tape (invisible or double-sided)
- Foam core art board & fabric (this is if you cannot re-attach the back and it is totally optional)
Ready! Set! Craft!
Now you get to disassemble the alarm clock! I don’t know about you, but I feel like a rebel when I get to take sh*t apart! Check the back and see what screws you need to remove to take the back off. This one has some really small screws that are set in pretty deep. This is where the small screwdrivers come in handy.
Take pictures as you disassemble your clock! This will help immeasurably when you go to put everything back together.
Once you have the back off, you need to see what is holding in the clock face and start taking it apart. This particular clock has the two feet screwed into nuts at the base holding it in place.
Once you are able to pop out the works and access the clock face, it’s time to remove the hands and clockworks.
You should be able to pull the hands off with a needlenose pliers. No need to be dainty with them because you’re just going to toss them out. This clock had two small screws holding the works in. Once those were taken out I was able to just pull it right out. Depending on how your clock is put together, you may have to use a little brute force. Don’t be afraid to pry it apart if need be. As long as you don’t damage the clock face, you should be good to go.
Picking out a picture: this one is too small, this one is too big, this one is JUST RIGHT!
When choosing your picture for your frame, try to find one that will fill most of the space (a little space on the sides will be okay, the frame of the clock will cover that up.) The middle picture above would have just looked to busy and cramped. The third picture fits just right!
Center your picture on the clock face and trace your trim lines on the back of the picture and cut them off with a scissors. Secure your picture to the clock face using double-sided tape or regular invisible tape rolled up.
The Finish Line is in Sight!!!
Now you get to reassemble your clock and show off your amazeballs new work of art! Before you go any further, you will want to make sure you clean the glass. Trust me, it’s a major pain in the ass to assemble everything and see a big fingerprint on the underside of the glass. Also, make sure the glass is completely dry and the picture is set in the frame straight before you assemble everything. Attach the back again if you can. It will help keep your picture from getting dusty. Some clock backs won’t attach without the works (the picture on the right below is one of those.) For myself, I don’t sweat it too much if the back is off. Nobody sees that part anyway. If it’s for a gift or you just like everything finished off neat and tidy, you can always finish off the back with some foam core art board cut to size and covered with fabric.
Okay, time to start broke-ass clock shopping!!! Remember, this same idea can be applied to regular clocks too! The sky is the limit! I would love to see your finished projects! Post them in the comments below.
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