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How to Upcycle A Broken Clock into a Picture Frame

We have this lovely big twinbell clock that has been with us since we got married 6 years ago. So I was a bit upset when it started to play up. Even with fresh batteries, the minute hand was getting slower and slower. Therefore it really was time for it to retire. However, I I have been trying to delay this as I haven’t been able to find a replacement clock. But I know I can’t keep dawdling any longer. S keeps on reminding me that the clock is X minutes late almost daily. So I needed to find a way to convince S that we can keep the clock but not use it as a clock? After staring at my clock for who knows how long and a little browsing on Pinterest. I have decided to upcycle our broken clock into a picture frame so that it can stay in the house. Here is my easy to follow steps so that you can try this at home too!

How to upcycle a broken clock into a picture frame

How to Upcycle A Broken Clock into a Picture Frame

Step 1:

Unscrew the back of your clock.

How to upcycle a broken clock into a picture frame

Step 2:

Remove the quartz clock movement, hands, nuts, wires and screws from the clock face.

Look at all that space inside!! This is a great little hiding place! Perfect for storing things you don’t need on a daily basis, but want to keep away from prying eyes.

How to upcycle a broken clock into a picture frame

How to upcycle a broken clock into a picture frame

The whole clock is reused except the broken quartz clock movement and its components. Make sure you print a big enough picture to fit into your clock face!

How to upcycle a broken clock into a picture frame

Step 3:

Use the glass of the clock as guidance to mark out your picture and cut it to size.

How to upcycle a broken clock into a picture frame

Step 4:

Reassemble! Screw all the pieces back together (minus the quartz clock movement) and voila! your clock has been upcycled into a picture frame with a hidden compartment at the back!

How to upcycle a broken clock into a picture frame

That’s it! Your picture frame is complete!

Help us find a new clock!

Whilst I have now repurposed this broken clock and upcycled it into an awesome picture frame and storage tin, I have yet to find a clock for our living room. We’re not keen on wall clocks because our fire place is made of slate, and S does not want to drill into it. Also we want one that is big enough so that we don’t need to squint to see the time. Yeah, we are both as blind as bats! So let us know your recommendations below!

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Thank you for reading and until next time…

Love, MsMamaBean x

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29 May 2018 at 4:56 pm

This is such a cute idea! I don’t have an alarm clock like this, but I bet I could find one at a thrift store.

29 May 2018 at 6:02 pm

This is such a clever idea and one that I would never have thought of #dreamtime@_karendennis

29 May 2018 at 8:38 pm

What a great idea!!! Such a great way to make something your own.

29 May 2018 at 8:39 pm

Wow this is such a wonderful idea. Its always so nice to make something your own and do a nice DIY to it!

29 May 2018 at 10:08 pm

What a brilliant idea. So simple and it looks amazing! Hope you find a new clock you love #TwinklyTuesday

30 May 2018 at 2:20 am

What a unique idea! I have never thought of doing something like this but now I am obsessed!

    1 June 2018 at 11:40 pm

    My husband thinks I’m obsessed too! He thinks I just don’t want to throw anything out in case it comes in handy in the future… which is kind of true 😂

30 May 2018 at 4:37 am

What a super cool idea! I bet you could find an old clock with a little bit of garage sale-ing.

30 May 2018 at 8:35 am

This is TOTALLY a great idea! I love it!

30 May 2018 at 9:41 pm

Great idea. Good old pinterest! #kcacols

31 May 2018 at 3:18 pm

This is fab! I love upcycling things and I don’t think I would have thought to change a clock to a picture frame – fab idea! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time!

1 June 2018 at 4:14 pm

Absolutely love this idea! It looks great, and really unique too, and doesn’t seem too hard to do either! x #KCACOLS

    1 June 2018 at 11:51 pm

    This definitely is a beginners DIY/craft but is so effective and pretty that I’m pretty sure any seasoned DIY-er would be happy to make and display this. 😜

3 June 2018 at 1:32 pm

What a sweet idea. I do love an upcycld project. Thanks for sharing with the #DreamTeam this week

4 June 2018 at 12:06 pm

Fab idea, I’d never had thought of doing this but it looks pretty good. Thanks for linking up #twinklytuesday, hope to see you linking up again soon!

4 June 2018 at 6:18 pm

What a good idea! I hate the idea of throwing things like this out when they no longer work so would definitely do the same 🙂 #KCACOLS

5 June 2018 at 10:38 pm

What a great idea! Thanks for linking up to #KCACOLS hope to see you again next week.

6 June 2018 at 12:31 am

Awww that’s so cute! Love it! Definitely going to give that a go #KCACOLS

6 June 2018 at 1:01 am

Cute! Will look out for an old clock! Amy x We Love Family Edventures #KCACOLS

8 June 2018 at 2:17 pm

This is such a cool idea! I’ve pinned it for future reference. 🙂 #KCACOLS

Let me know what you think!

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