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
Unscrew the back of your clock.
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.
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!
Use the glass of the clock as guidance to mark out your picture and cut it to size.
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!
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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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.
It’s great because any old clock would do, it doesn’t have to look like my one and it makes a unique decor!
This is such a clever idea and one that I would never have thought of #dreamtime@_karendennis
It’s so easy and so effective! You’ve got to try it out.
What a great idea!!! Such a great way to make something your own.
Wow this is such a wonderful idea. Its always so nice to make something your own and do a nice DIY to it!
Absolutely agree! I love DIY and throwing away just doesn’t make sense when it still looks so good!
What a brilliant idea. So simple and it looks amazing! Hope you find a new clock you love #TwinklyTuesday
Thank you!! Finding something that fits us and our decor has been a challenge! I wish they still sold the same clock we had 😔
What a unique idea! I have never thought of doing something like this but now I am obsessed!
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 😂
What a super cool idea! I bet you could find an old clock with a little bit of garage sale-ing.
Oh most definitely! Nothing is broken until it’s truest broken!
This is TOTALLY a great idea! I love it!
Thank you!! We love it too 😉
Great idea. Good old pinterest! #kcacols
Pinterest is definitely my go to place! 😊
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!
It just seem like such a shame to throw away something so decent. I definitely have more fun upcycling and creating things than buying 😆
Absolutely love this idea! It looks great, and really unique too, and doesn’t seem too hard to do either! x #KCACOLS
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. 😜
What a sweet idea. I do love an upcycld project. Thanks for sharing with the #DreamTeam this week
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!
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
What a great idea! Thanks for linking up to #KCACOLS hope to see you again next week.
Thank you 😊
Awww that’s so cute! Love it! Definitely going to give that a go #KCACOLS
Thanks for visiting and I would love to see your projects too! 😊
Cute! Will look out for an old clock! Amy x We Love Family Edventures #KCACOLS
This is such a cool idea! I’ve pinned it for future reference. 🙂 #KCACOLS
Thank you! 🧡