Today I’m sharing an easy DIY Wall Clock in faux marble. I have been looking for a nice clock for ages and I have noticed a few marble clocks online. I was set for buying one then, as always when buying anything for the house, I wondered if I could make it…
Turns out it’s super hard getting marble slabs where I live. Was that going to stop me? Of course not: contact paper to the rescue. Not exactly the most sustainable choice, but then again, neither is marble. Depending on how you look at it, marble is recyclable and can be reused, for example in concrete mix, but its processing uses a lot of energy and produces by-products that can harm the environment if not properly managed. I think overall marble is still a better choice than contact paper if you’re lucky enough to be able to get it in your area!
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For this DIY Wall Clock, you’ll need…
Step 1: Create the clock panel
To start off, cut a 30cm (12″) circle into a wood panel and drill a hole in the middle. You will have to inspect the clock mechanism you bought to figure out the thickness of the wood and the diameter of the hole. I have seen a few mechanisms on Amazon and they pretty much all look the same so my dimensions should work for you:
- Wood thickness: 1cm (0.4″)
- Hole diameter: 8mm (0.3″)
Step 2: Apply the contact paper
Next, unroll your contact paper and lay your wood tablet on top of it to cut it to size.
Peel off a little bit of the contact paper backing and position it on the clock base. Continue peeling off the backing slowly, wiping a cloth on the contact paper as you go to prevent air bubbles.
Once you’re done, turn over your clock base on a cutting mat. Cut a circle around the base with your craft knife to remove the extra paper. Next, slice the contact paper into tabs all the way around the clock base. This is to ensure the paper can follow the curve of the base as closely as possible. Take each tab and lift it towards the back of the clock. Apply some pressure to make sure each tab adheres to the wood properly. You can use some glue if it doesn’t.
When you’re done, you can use your hairdryer to warm up the contact paper around the curved edge. This is going to help soften the plastic and make it stick better.
Now, turn over the clock and use your craft knife to cut a hole in the contact paper where you drilled earlier.
Step 3: Spray paint the gold details
To paint the gold details onto the clock face, you first need to protect it. Stick masking tape in a cross pattern to create the 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock indicators, like in the pictures above. Rub the tape to make sure it adheres to the contact paper well. Use paper to cover up the remaining exposed marble. When your clock face is protected, put it down on a protective plastic and spray with gold paint.
While the clock face is drying, spray paint the clock hands that came with the clock mechanism. You might have to pick amongst different ones: my mechanism came with no less than 5 sets of hands! I would recommend picking the most modern and minimalist set you can find to suit the mid-century modern aesthetic of this DIY clock.
Step 4: Assemble the clock mechanism
Once the paint has dried, remove the paper and masking tape. If the paint bled a little under the tape, scrape it off with your craft knife. Time to assemble your Marble Wall Clock, which is a lot easier than what I had imagined!
To start, look at your clock mechanism. You should have a rubber washer, a metal washer and a bolt.
First, take the rubber washer and insert it on the clock mechanism. This washer will create adhesion between the mechanism and the clock face to prevent turning so that it’s the hands that turn and not the whole clock.
Insert the mechanism through the drilled hole on the clock face.
Next, stack on the metal washer and the bolt. Use a spanner to tighten the bolt.
You will see that the mechanism pocking out from the clock face has 2 tiny tubes of different diameters and a metal pin in the middle. Insert the hour hand on the larger tube, like in the picture above.
Next, insert the minute hand onto the smaller tube.
Finally, press the second hand into the metal pin. To finish, add a battery into the clock mechanism and set the hand to the current time. Voila, you made a clock, go forth and brag about it!