How to Make a DIY Wall Clock

Wall clocks are a great addition to any decorating style and any size room. They add a classic element, but can be quirky and full of personality as well. Large clocks, like any larger wall art, make great decorative elements for small rooms by adding a major focal point, but keeping down on the clutter. Clocks are easy and inexpensive to make, and simply require a base and a purchased clock kit. Here are easy three step instructions on making your DIY wall clock, and some terrific inspiration to get your creative juices flowing as well.



Step One:

Choose a base. This can be anything, and any shape…it doesn’t have to be round. Think outside the box. (I know, I said it…) If you can drill a hole in it, you can make a clock out of it. Ideas:

  • Painted plywood round or square
  • Old round saw blades
  • Wooden musical instrument
  • Half an old world globe
  • Book or painting
  • Chalkboard
  • Bicycle wheel

 Step Two:

Drill a hole large enough for your clock makings “shaft” to pass through. If you are using a round object as your base, I don’t feel the need to find the exact center in this project, but for you sticklers out there, here are some instructions on finding the center of a circle.

Decorate your clock base, if necessary. Paint is a good basic choice. Be creative as to what you choose to use as “numbers”. Or, use none at all!

Step Three:

Assemble your clock kit according to manufacturers directions. Hang your clock! It’s that easy! You can find clock kits at most craft stores, but also at Amazon or

diy clock kit

Check out these three wonderful tutorials below:

diy wall clocks

1 – Leigh-Ann over at Frecklednest shows you how to make this Starburst Style Clock.

2 – Meridian Road has this tutorial on how to make this gorgeous clock using house #’s.

3 – Here is a tutorial for a a Corkboard Clock via the Wray Sist3rs.

And here are more ideas to inspire you!

diy clock kit

diy clock kit

diy clock kit


Have any other ideas for great DIY clocks? Share them in comments!

Image Credits: meridianroad, recyclart, inhabitat




  1. October 29, 2016 / 4:51 pm

    I loved the bike clock, but how do you attach and still change the battery????


    • deborah lariscy
      March 21, 2017 / 10:09 am

      I’d like to know. I have a small bike spoke wheel and want to make a clock. I has a metal, round spoke center (don’t know the actual name of part !). I can figure it out, maybe, but your site really helps !

  2. cj
    October 4, 2016 / 5:57 pm

    Was wondering what is the diameter of this clock? &, where would one get the roman numerals that big? Thanks in advance.

    • Kathy Woodard
      October 19, 2016 / 3:10 pm

      Im sorry, it isn’t our project do I can’t help with dimensions! I would suggest doing an online smash for the numerals, you probably won’t find anything that large locally.

      • Jane
        August 2, 2017 / 5:49 pm

        You can get the clock kits with different shafts lengths, so they will go through different thicknesses of materials.

  3. September 1, 2016 / 8:38 am

    Excellent ideas… I think I will try turning some of those old pallets in to a nice rustic clock for my basement! xx Ari xx

  4. Erica Bramhall
    May 3, 2016 / 3:44 am

    I bought a clock kit from hobby lobby. But my pallet wood is about 3/4on an inch thick and the clock piece isn’t long enough to go all the way through from back to front and have room for the hands to attach.! What can I do? Help I’ve already put a lot of work into this project.

    • Kathy Woodard
      June 23, 2016 / 9:00 am

      Hi Erica… I don’t know what the solution would be other than to order another clock piece online, so you don’t have to reorder the whole kit… You could drill a larger hole part way through the wood to “countersink” the clock mechanism, so it doesn’t have as far to go… If that makes sense! Anyone have ideas for her?

      • sap
        February 8, 2017 / 3:46 am

        u may want to put the mechanism on the wooden clok on the outer and then place a thin decorated plate over it upside down to cover the mechanism and at the same time to be able to pass thru the thin plate (crockery)

  5. Sabrina
    November 4, 2015 / 6:53 pm

    I wanted to see how to make the #2 clock in the 2nd pic above (2 – Meridian Road has this tutorial on how to make this gorgeous clock using house #’s.) but it says you have to be invited to see the blog! I’m bummed! I wanted to make this clock and was trying to find the easiest way to cut the wood to make a circle.

    • Kathy Woodard
      March 24, 2016 / 9:22 am

      We have noticed a few bloggers doing this lately, and it makes no sense to us! We will try to find a replacement tutorial for this project!

    • Mari
      February 11, 2017 / 7:08 pm

      I found a simple way.. to make the round clock..
      I laid 12 slats of redwood (for 8ft fence) flat on the ground. Place a nail, with a thin wire, conected to a sharpie pen, and made a circle.
      Then i labled each slat 1-12(so I knew where each one belonged)
      The cut each one with my scroll saw. Once all were cut, i lined the up faced down, then placed 2×2 wood to join them together. If you have any other questions feel free to ask!

  6. Jaime
    January 26, 2015 / 7:25 pm

    I have an old wooden hat form..derby hat shape. Plus a wooden ring that can go around it for hat rim…cowboy hat? Any way I thought maybe making it into a clock..numbers on the ring and the hands on the top of rounded derby shaped wood..underside of derby piece has a hole already drilled almost all the way through. It must have sat on a pole. I have not had much luck in finding type of numbers and hands I like.. My husband wants me to make it into a lamp…easier ..any ideas

  7. lee frank
    February 4, 2014 / 2:09 pm

    The very large white clock, looks to be 5″diameter. Does it actually work, and if so, where would you acquire the clock parts?

    • Kathy Woodard
      February 8, 2014 / 4:58 pm

      Not sure of the source of that particular clock, but you should be able to find the clock parts at any online clock supply store. There is quite a few of them.

    • Esther
      March 20, 2014 / 8:18 pm

      Clock parts can be purchased at any craft store. They may even be able to be purchased at Walmart.

    • October 3, 2014 / 3:03 pm

      You can buy high torque (for long hands) clock works and extra long hands at Klockit on line. Also I think some Etsy sellers sell them. I have yet to find the ornate extra long beautiful hands that actually work Hope that helps!

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