Back in January I posted Etsy Finds: Repurposed Clocks and mentioned plans to make my own clock from repurposed materials for our living room. After four months of rolling magazine pages, rethinking the design and working on other projects I finally finished it!
My inspiration came from various rolled magazine vases I have seen on Pinterest as well as this this tutorial for a recycled sunburst clock I saved in my favorites a few years ago. I wanted to use the magazine coils to make a colorful clock similar to the sunburst clock.
- Magazines from the recycling bin
- Elmer's Glue-All
- Clock kit
- Hot glue gun + hot glue sticks
- E-6000 adhesive
- Clear acrylic spray sealer
- Time + patience
Tightly roll the rod around the pencil and use the Glue-All to secure as you coil. You will have to hold the coil for a bit as the glue dries or the entire thing will unroll (I speak from experience!).
Now, make as many coils as you can stand! I played around a bit and made coils using 1 rod, some using 2 rods coiled one after another and some using 3 rods. The center or face of the clock is made from around 25 rods.
Start playing with the layout of your clock on a flat surface (I used an old cutting board). I chose to do 3 rings of 1 page coils around the face, then 1 ring of 2 page coils and 1 ring of 3 page coils. Once you are happy with the design hot glue each coil in place.
At this point I sprayed my clock with clear acrylic sealer and prepared to add the clock kit. However, when flipping it upside down to spray some of the hot glue gave way so I decided to add E-6000 to the back to make the clock super sturdy. I dipped cotton swabs into the E-6000 and dabbed it any spot where coils met. Let this dry at least 24 hours.
Now it's ready to become a clock! When buying a clock kit pay attention to the depth on the package. I already had clock kit for 1/4" thick surfaces so I had to keep that in mind while making the large coil for the face. Despite my best efforts to keep it 1/4" I had to carve out some of the back to make room for the kit.
Follow the instructions on the clock kit packaging to install the movement and hands. Stand back and admire your hard work!
The clock looks much smaller on the wall than I thought it would, but I still love it. It's a bright punch of color in this drab rental.
In our next house maybe I will find a place more to scale with the clock....for now it serves its purpose!