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Easy DIY clocks and the fight against rabbit holes

In cooperation with Gumtree

We had fallen into the trap of not having any analogue clocks around the house and I realised that relying on my phone to tell the time is a rabbit hole waiting to happen (ooh, I might just check Pinterest, quickly…) and our boys won’t learn how to tell old school time without clocks around.DIY clock | Blah Blah Magazine

We had some old records I’d kept because I love the look of them, but there’s not much point in keeping them in the closet, especially since I’m in the midst of a decluttering frenzy.

I picked up the clock mechanisms on Gumtree, in the Home & Décor section and I saw old vinyl records on there too.DIY clock | Blah Blah Magazine

How to make an upcycled record clockDIY clock | Blah Blah Magazine

His clock:
Vinyl record
6 mm clock mechanism
65 & 85 mm black clock hands
Mounting hook
Mounting tape/ 2-part epoxy glue
Thick cardboard cut into 1cm x 2cm pieces, if needed for thickness

  1. Gently scratch the record’s centre hole by spinning an old knife in it until it is big enough to fit the clock mechanism pin in it.DIY clock | Blah Blah Magazine
  2. If need be, glue or affix a layer of cardboard around the hole so it is the right thickness for the clock mechanism to sit. Affix the clock mechanism with glue or mounting tape.DIY clock | Blah Blah Magazine
  3. Attach the hook with glue or mounting tape.DIY clock | Blah Blah Magazine
  4. Place clock hands on the mechanism, according to manufacturer’s instructions.

 

DIY clock:DIY clock | Blah Blah Magazine

Vinyl record
Dot stickers (from the newsagent)
6 mm quartz clock mechanism
65 & 85 mm white clock hands
Mounting hook
Mounting tape/ really strong glue

  1. Soak record in warm soap water and gently remove the record label and dry.
  2. Place dots on clock face. Ideally, use a setsquare or ruler to check positions.DIY clock | Blah Blah Magazine
  3. Gently scratch the record’s centre hole by spinning an old knife in it until it is big enough to fit the clock mechanism pin.
  4. If need be, glue or affix a layer of cardboard around the hole so it is the right thickness for the clock mechanism to sit. Affix the clock mechanism with glue or mounting tape.
  5. Attach the hook with glue or mounting tape.
  6. Place clock hands on the mechanism, according to manufacturer’s instructions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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