Introduction: Altoids Clock

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A new mod for an old favorite.

Step 1: Gather Materials

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You'll need a(n);
cheapo clock,
battery for clock,
Altoids Sours tin,Awl,
and packing cardboard(
the thin stuff)
for a spacer.

Step 2: Make Room for Clock

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Eat all the Altoids and use the
awl to punch a hole towards the
bottom of the O (in the center).

Step 3: Make the Spacers

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Cut two pieces out of the piece of card board and put them on the bottom of the tin.

Step 4: Put in the Clock

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Put in the clock.(duh)
Then trim the hands of the clock so they are about;
1" for the second hand,3/4"for the minute hand and 5/8"
for the hour hand.

Step 5: Batteries

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You get the idea.
Now for a vid.


Doctor Freeman (author)2010-09-08

i have never see a round one olny rectangluar ones

ehpatch (author)2009-10-14

hey i loved the clock im gonna make a project for school just like itwish me luck!!!!!!!!!

mason0190 (author)2008-07-04

will a watch work i dont have a cheap clock...

eyeguy6 (author)mason01902009-04-20

No. Get a clock kit @ walmart, hobby lobby, etc. They're about $12 or less.

Father Christmas (author)eyeguy62009-06-16

that is a very large waste of money, if you go to walmart. They have clocks you can disassemble for 4$. You also get to keep the plastic lens cover thing, and the body. I was bored just a few hours ago, bought one, reversed it and made a new clock face.

Find a garage sale. I dont think i've ever been to a garage sale that didn't have a cheapo clock.

knexsuperbuilderfreak (author)2009-07-28

where can a get a round tin like this? i really want it

lacrosseislife24 (author)2007-03-28

what an exciting video lol i geuss there was not much else to video

scott! (author)lacrosseislife242009-07-01

haha, thats what I was thinking

devries102001 (author)2007-09-08

Here's one I did. I drilled small holes in the 3, 6, 9, and 12 spots and wired in 4 blue leds with resistors on all 4 powered by 3 small 1.5 v watch batteries run in series, and added 2 magnets to the back. I think it turned out kinda cool but completely unpractical with the leds. If I make another one I think I will get some glow in the dark florescent green paint and paint the hands and some paper to put behind maybe all the hour marks.Ill post it if and when I get it done.

the only problem is, where are the hands pointing to? in the picture, i assume it is about 11 o'clock, but couldn't it be 2:15 it tilted 90 degrees?

leftova3 (author)Scrubsfan12342009-06-22

doesnt matter if it's tilted 90 degrees or anything really. All you do is find out the correct time and then tilt the hour of the clock to that hour then simply adjust the minute hand appropriately to the current minutes ( at the altoids name level, it will take some twisting ) then it will be on time forever. Do the same thing when you have to move up an hour or back one during daylight saving time.

shopatross (author)Scrubsfan12342009-03-24

look at the altoids sign

Analog (author)devries1020012007-10-23

That is awesome!

smileys (author)Analog2009-03-24

Nothing to do with the ible but analog is that a katamari damaci (hope I spelled it right) avatar. I love that game.

devries102001 (author)Analog2007-10-23

Thanks for the comment its really easy to make i think the hardest part was finding the altoids tin lol seems to be a dying breed

I know! They taste soo good! WHYYY!?!?!?!?!?

comodore (author)devries1020012008-06-03

That looks really cool! Grate job! I am also going to make one whit LEDs.

devries102001 (author)comodore2008-06-03

well when you get it finished please post some pics. i would like to see how yours comes out.

comodore (author)devries1020012008-06-04

The only problem is that in my country we don't have Altoids. I have made a topic on instructables marketplace in the wanted category that I am looking for Altoids tins. Would you happen to have some, and are willing to sell me?

devries102001 (author)comodore2008-06-05

check out, amazon,com, and ebay for new and empty tins. theres some available on those sites.

Now that looks cool, you could try using some EL wire with it as well...

I have been checking the EL wire idea out cuz it sounds a whole lot easier then soldering those LEDs in but i dont know if the EL wire inverter will fit inside the tin. Even the smallest inverter they have looks a little to big to fit. I had a hard enough time to get everything else to fin in there, especially the batteries I didnt know how I was gonna get them to fit until I realized I could lay them side by side and run some wire to connect the power/ground. Maybe I can find a smaller clock to put inside the tin or trim more of the clock I found. Well I know im gonna make more of these (thanks a lot Paper Warrior) cuz now all my co-workers and family members want one lol. Thanks for the great ideas and thanks for the reply. Glad you liked mine.

You could always use a few button cells, all it needs is a constant supply of a specific amperage and voltage, it doesn't care about wheter its a AA or not...

Ohh I thought you had to use a inverter from the way I was reading it from a site that sells them. Well without the inverter its starting to really tempt me. I posted your link on another instructables project that thought was cool. I hope you dont mind.

Why hell, you flatter me. :P

artquilter (author)2009-05-21

Nice, fast, simple instructable. I'm gonna make one too! I suggest taking a AA battery with to Goodwill, thrift shops and find a cheap clock to use. All you need is the clock unit. Next it needs a stand to sit in so it can be a 'desk clock'.

lopoff (author)2009-05-16

buy a clock duh

Nickelplate (author)2009-04-30

Ha, I have that exact tin sitting around at home, waiting for something... maybe this is the something! Thanks!

dtoma (author)2009-03-25

Nice love the idea i made a cd clock and used a light scribe disk

Scrubsfan1234 (author)2008-11-17

Put the clock on the inside and use a paperclip to make a hinge. Use cardboard for he face, and write numbers. Voila, a pocket watch

comodore (author)2008-06-04

Loking for round Altoids cases, just like in the picture! Who would like to sell me one??? Thanks

patricksanford (author)2008-06-03

i did something similar with an old CD once, made it so the shiny side was facing out, but didn't trim the hands of the clock, let those be longer. it looked really nice. with those clock motors that you can buy at hobby shops these days you can just about make a clock out of anything you can poke a whole through. they're pretty cool.

joosh (author)2008-03-18

looks awesome. im making this after i do some of my own altoids tin projects.

sofaking (author)2008-01-26

great clock now I can tell time in my dad's car

mechcem (author)2007-12-15

i added a and old belt so its A WATCH

Cheesecake (author)2007-10-23

My boyfriend and I looked everywhere for small alarm clocks to dismantle for this project without luck. Eventually, we found small clock making kits at Micheal's though.

We hung them with sticky tac, which seems to be working out fine on my cheap, uneven college wardrobe. I'd love to have a whole collection of small clocks. Thanks, paper warrior, I think I'm addicted to clock making. Next I want to try the melting clocks.

Here's what my Altoid clock turned out like:

Spek (author)2007-08-15

Yeah altoids all the way! Nice invention by the way.

cry_wolf (author)2006-09-23

This is awsome, its 10:38pm, i'm bored so what do i do? Grab adn altoids tin and make a clock, i am so gonna sell on of these to my friends.

paper warrior (author)cry_wolf2006-09-23

i'm fine with you selling but remember who invented it

and don't mod it and call it your own creation cause it's not

cornflakes (author)paper warrior2006-10-07

It doesn't really such a great invention, this cheapo clock is meant to be put on such things like tins! You just think its cool to put things in Altoids tins.

jarhead906 (author)cornflakes2007-07-15

Your grammar needs some improvement before you can criticize.

JordanZed (author)cornflakes2006-10-22

What's wrong with that? I like to put things in Altoids tins that don't need to be in Altoids tins and I'm not afraid to admit it.

paper warrior (author)JordanZed2006-10-22

same here

I agree

paper warrior (author)cornflakes2006-10-07

what's with the grammar, are you saying that this is good or bad?

Jesus10555 (author)paper warrior2006-12-13

I questioned the same thing, I like this project, im gonna have to make me one, I have an excellent Idea too. anyway, put Leds inside, and then on the metal tin, use some cutting tool to cut out numbers, so then numbers light up:)

paper warrior (author)Jesus105552006-12-16


Jesus10555 (author)paper warrior2006-12-18

thanks :) !

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