I really gravitate towards the practical DIY and home decor projects, and after shopping for months for a new clock for our home, I decided that I would try and make one. A clock, so it seems, could be made using any number of materials, of any size, to fit exactly the space and design you’re looking for in your home, and I loved the appeal in being able to have something completely unique and custom.
What I was more curious about, though, was actually how an everyday DIYer could find the components and learn how to assemble a functioning clock. Was it hard? Were the parts hard to come by? Are the mechanisms what make the store-bought clocks so pricy? And could I assemble a clock myself without completely messing up the orientation of the hands?
Turns out, it’s easy! The parts that you need to buy are inexpensive, and there are plenty of options so that you can customize your project to your home’s needs and your own design aesthetics.
My planning and researching led me down a number of channels, and I scoured local retailers and picked their associates’ brains, and spent even more time scoping out inventory sold through online specialty shops. I landed on purchasing through Klockit.com because if there is one thing they seem to know, it’s clock parts. Hands are included in a set, and you’ll have a nice selection to choose from when designing your custom clock. You’ll even have your choice of battery-powered Quartex-branded movements vs. electric. I went with the corded electric product because I think battery-run clocks are the pits. Reliability is important in a clock.
There are an infinite number of ways to approach assembling your own clock—I used a piece of plywood for demonstration below, but you can easily fit the movement components into any number of materials, like into the center of a vintage dinner plate with the help of a diamond drill bit, or onto a piece of tile or onto a chalkboard (think of the creative possibilities with chalk-drawn numbers!).
Ready to see how easy it is to make your own clock?