Introduction: Trash to Treasure Clock

I have trouble telling the time in my house. The reason is, our house does not have a clock in the family room or the living room. So I decided to make one.


  • Old Wooden or bamboo plate
  • paint and sandpaper(both optional)
  • drill and drill bit gauge
  • protractor
  • mini quartz clock motor (get one according to the thickness of the plate. remember to account for the edge slope)
  • bigger clock hands(optional)
  • needle nosed pliers
  • protractor
  • piece of paper
  • number stickers
  • old candle holder, cardstock or cardboard, pipe cleaners, E6000 glue(all optional)

Step 1: Painting Your Plate

For this step, you need sandpaper and paint. You do not have to paint your plate. If you don't want to paint it, skip to the next step.

  • First, you need to sand the plate down if it has a glossy finish until it is able to hold paint.
  • Then, you take your paint and paintbrush and paint it whatever color you want. If you want to, you can do a design. You may have to have 2 or 3 layers of paint. You can paint 1 or more sides.

Step 2: Making the Clock Shaft Hole

The Clock shaft hole is very easy. You simply use a drill bit gauge to measure what size of drill bit is equal size to the clock shaft, and drill through the middle of the plate.

Step 3: Marking the Numbers

In order to mark the numbers, you need the stickers, the protractor, and the piece of paper.

  • First you line the hole in the protractor up with the hole in the plate.
  • Then, you use your piece of paper to mark a number every 30 degrees until you have gotten all the way around the clock.
  • if you are still confused on how to use the protractor, click on this link: › teaching › measure_angles

Step 4: Installing the Clock Motor

To install the clock motor, you simply need to follow the instructions on the back of the package. If you need guidance on where to buy a clock motor, I bought mine at Hobby Lobby. If you bought longer hands for the clock, you simply replace the smaller ones in the package with the bigger ones.

Step 5: Adding the Date

Adding the date and or the time for this clock is optional. However, if you do make this part, don't use hot glue. I already tried that, and it broke off from the tiniest amount of pressure being put on it. You should use E6000, reason being it is the best glue you could use for attaching the metal to the plate.

  • First, you need to cut out 43 circles that match the size of the candle holder.
  • Next, You glue a single piece of pipe cleaner, 1 to 2 inches in length, to the candle holder, making sure that the end of the pipe cleaner ends up sticking outwards towards the edge. repeat with the other one.
  • Next, you glue the candle holders in your desired position on the edge of the clock.
  • You then mark 1 cardboard circle for each of the months, and 1 cardboard circle in each of the days in a month.
  • poke a hole in the top of all the cardboard circles, just big enough for the pipe cleaners to fit through.
  • Put the according cardboard circles on the pipe cleaners. just for clarification, the pipe cleaner in the picture is supposed to be sticking up on the edge.

Step 6: Final Product

This is what the clock looks like not finished, only because I forgot to take a picture of it with the pipe cleaners attached, and I don't have the cardboard necessary to do it.

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