Introduction: DIY Decorative Clock

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I don't like to throw away any scrap supawood or MDF that I have lying around, and since I use so much for projects on there is always guaranteed to be plenty of scraps.

Small projects are great for using up scraps and this decorative clock is a fairly simple project with stunning results.  I used 6mm supawood/MDF, but you can use any thickness you have. Just bear in mind that the thicker it is - the harder to cut.

Step 1: Copy and Trace

Find a nice design that you like, or freehand your design, and transfer this onto your supawood/MDF.

Step 2: Cut the Shape

Clamp the board securely to a workbench so that it doesn't move around when you cut from the outside in.  A thin jigsaw blade - or fretsaw blade - is the best blade to use as it is easier to move around as you cut.  Use a drill bit to make a hole on inner areas to allow access for the jigsaw blade.

Step 3: Sand and Smooth

Use sanding paper to smooth away any cutting defect as these will show up once you paint.

Step 4: Spray Paint

I used Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint in satin blossom white to spray the front and back sections.  Also note that the front and back sections are two different designs, rather than a single design. You will need to spray the cut edges a few times, as supawood/MDF is extremely absorbent.

Step 5: Drill for Clock Hands

In the side that you want for the front, drill a hole for the clock hands.  I'm not going to tell you what size to drill, as clock movements and hands come in all different sizes.

Step 6: Add Clock Movement and Hands

Attach the clock movement and hands to the drilled front panel.  I used a strip of double-sided tape to attach the back, so that it can be pulled apart and re-stuck when you need to change the battery.

Step 7:

And there you have it - the perfect gift for family and friends - or for you own home.  Make a few and then paint in different colours.

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