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I thought it would be fun to make a clock out of a jigsaw puzzle with a puzzle piece moving around on one of the arms of the clock, so when the clock strikes the hour the puzzle piece fits.

I wanted my puzzle to have pieces about an inch in size, however most puzzles that size are children's puzzles.  Since I didn't want a Dora the Explorer puzzle in my living room and I couldn't find any other puzzle picture that I liked, I used blank puzzle sheet instead and glued some scrapbook paper on it.   In hindsight, I could have just glued the scrapbook  paper onto cardboard and cut out the puzzle shapes freehand. 

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Step 1: Material:

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* Clock mechanism
* Jigsaw puzzle, or blank jigsaw puzzle and a cool image or print that you would like to use.
* Craft foam
* Cardboard
* Paper clip or hook, for hanging clock on wall


* Knife/scissors
* Glue/Mod Podge/or puzzle glue
* Craft spray sealant
* Ruler

Step 2: Puzzle board

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Remove puzzle pieces to create a roundish shape, also take off the pieces at the 3, 6, 9, and 12 position. Brush glue onto the front of the puzzle and carefully apply the paper, press firmly to remove any bubbles/creases.

If you are using a real jigsaw puzzle, you would also apply glue to the front and allow to dry. Use Mod Podge or puzzle glue for this since you want something that dries clear. Then skip ahead to step 4!

Step 3: Cut out puzzle shape

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Trim off the excess paper with a knife/scissors. Make sure that you keep the piece at 12 o'clock intact since we will be putting this on the minute hand (step 7).

I applied a craft spray sealant at this point to protect the paper surface of the clock.

Step 4: Make hole for clock

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Find the centre point of the puzzle and cut a hole large enough for the clock mechanism part to fit through.

Step 5: Add backing

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I added a piece of cardboard to give the clock more stability. Cut to fit and make a hole in line with the centre hole of the puzzle.

This is something my kids would enjoy making with me. However, I think of maybe making the back board from a puzzle with print and glue them together on cardboard. Do you think that could work?

ChrysN (author)  marydecorator1 year ago

Yes, I think that is a great idea, I would love to see how it turns out.

This is such a cute idea! You make the most fun, and cute, projects :)
ChrysN (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
lindarose922 years ago
OMG I love this so much!!!
LOVE IT! We make personalized photo jigsaw puzzles and also sell Blank puzzles or puzzles at special requests. If anyone needs these supplies you can check us out... We would Love to be a part of this!

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HMice2 years ago
Cool! I wish I could do something like that but I can't find a clock mechanism. :(
ChrysN (author)  HMice2 years ago
Just go to a dollar store and pick up a cheap clock, dismantle it and take out the clock mechanism. With the rest you can make this.  Buying an actual clock mechanism costs a lot more and is harder to find.
This clock is great! Very inventive :) My best friend has an obsession with puzzles, so this may be her next birthday gift.
breumer2 years ago
totally cool!
MicioGatta3 years ago
Very nice and particular!
ChrysN (author)  MicioGatta3 years ago
aedwards173 years ago
Hey. i was wondering where you got the blank puzzel board?
ChrysN (author)  aedwards173 years ago
I got mine at a craft store
areyouolsen3 years ago
Awesome! Definitely going to make one of these for my wife's birthday! Thanks!!
marygq4 years ago
que idea tan encanto lo hare :D
ChrysN (author)  marygq4 years ago
This is awesome! Just wondering, how large was your puzzle? 8"x10"?
ChrysN (author)  flamingscale4 years ago
Yes, roughly that size.
You could also use a PVC card (such as a credit/debit card, library card, etc) to "squeegee" out any bubbles/creases as well. Works well
ChrysN (author)  TechNerd10124 years ago
Good advice, thanks!
No prob!
isacco4 years ago
Hi Chrys,
this nice clock escaped to my attention.
I love to do jigsaw works and this one is outstanding, both for creativity and quality of crafting. A very nice object and a good Instructable.
sweetnehal5 years ago
very nice,,,,,,,,,,i am also trying to make it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Creativeman5 years ago
Your imagination and creativity are outstanding ChrysN.  Good job! Cman
ChrysN (author)  Creativeman5 years ago
Thanks Cman!
scoochmaroo5 years ago
I love this! (and am sure to steal the idea!)
I posted it on my facebook acct. too.  Hope that's ok!
ChrysN (author)  scoochmaroo5 years ago
No problem, thanks!
laxap5 years ago
Great idea! and I like the design of the scrapbook paper.
artquilter5 years ago
How fun!  I just got a puzzle from the dollar store that wasn't nice fitting and right when I was going to throw it in the recycling bin, I decided maybe I could do something crafty with it...and I already have a working clock mechanism I got for a buck at the junk store so I think you've inspired me to go forth!
Now, where's my glue gun?.....
Doctor What5 years ago