Some would say it's cheaper to buy than go through all the effort...perhaps...but you sure wouldn't help the environment!
Here is a clock using recycled items and gifted to a friend.
Step 1: Things you need
1 clock movement from an old clock or bought
hard foam board ( i found this from an old election campaign sign) or anything hard but can be cut with a scissor
1ply plywood (had this around my moms house)
fabric or acrylic colors
wall filler ( optional)
this is to determine how much you want out of the circle to past the numbers.
Step 3: The numbers
I then tried coloring it with acrylics...but the color wouldn't stay as the foam had some washable layer on it....I was wondering what to do when i got the idea to try acrylic wall filler!
The kids and I coated the negative space with the filler...we gave it texture by lifting it with our fingers. After it dried we painted it with the acrylic colors.
Step 4: Clock face.
I then painted it white. Later i used a protractor and divided the circle in to exact 12 parts ( you can use this time to show your child how a full circle is 360 degrees and how you can get equal potions by dividing it in 12....just a small input :-))
draw the lines and make small markings on the sides so you can trace light marks on the right side and don't spoil the front.
drill a hole ( you can use a large nail if you don't have a drill.
Step 5: Glue the sticks
to hang it i drilled a bottle lid ( you can also do this by heating a nail and moving it to the shape you want in the lid.
I then hot glued it just above where the clock mechanism box would be ( the lid should be the same or slightly larger in height to the box...else you cant hang it)
Step 6: Fix the numbers
Add the clock movement and your done!!
Step 7: More clocks made as gifts using left overs!
2 .the flower clock is with wood and felt