Detachable velcro-type mounting strips make it easy to change out figures and replace clock battery.
Difficulty level: super easy
Time: less than an hour of work, plus one hour wait time
Cost: mounting strips - $ 24 ( but can be done more cheaply), clock mechanism - $2 - $5, Legos already have on hand
Ages: 6 and up
These instructions will work to create a wall clock from any other collection of items: various kinds of toys, small framed pictures, circuitry...the possibilities are endless. Let us know how you were inspired.
Step 1: Materials List
We pried off the face of a cheap plastic battery operated wall clock and removed the functioning clock part
* 12 Lego minifigures
* 12 2x4 Lego bricks, any color
* 12 plates, optional
Plates come with collectible minifigures packs, but you can simply attach minifigures directly to the brick
* 13 pair (26) of small velcro-style removable picture mounting strips
We used 3M Command Small Picture Hanging Strips [available at most office supply stores] so as not to damage paint. But to make this more affordable , you could cut 24 pieces of velcro tape 1.25 inches (size of brick) and 2 pieces about the width of the clock piece
* 12 dot stickers
We used 3/4" size, but you can get creative for how to indicate numbers...or skip numbers altogether if you want
Step 2: Stick Mounting Strips (or Tape) to Back of Clock and Bricks
We aligned half of strips to left edge of bricks and half on right edge so that tabs face towards center.
Step 3: Assemble Minifigures Display
Step 4: Attach Mounting Strips (tape) to Wall
Lay out clock pattern. This can be any size or shape you choose.
We found it easiest to
- first set up points for 12, 3, 6, and 9:
- then space out other numbers;
- then center the clock.
Push strip (tape) to wall for at least 30 seconds
Wait one hour before attaching bricks -- or follow instructions.
Step 5: Attach Legos to Wall
Step 6: Create Number Markings
Stick dots over tabs.