Prepare the face of your clock. Clean the wood by simply sanding it if it is too weather-beaten, dirty or uneven. Drill the hole for the clock mechanism and then draw a circle to mark the radius of the clock hands. Hints and tips: Check that the radius of the circle is the same as the radius of the clock hands, so that the numbers on the clock are not too close or too far away from the hands.
Mark out the clock face lightly in pencil. Take inspiration from our pictures and give the numbers a traditional look by writing them out in words or using Roman numerals. A combination of these can also look very good. A sample of Roman numerals from 1 to12 is available to download in our templates section.
Products and materials
- A suitable wooden backboard (e.g. a piece of driftwood or fruit crate)
- A suitable hanging device for your wooden backboard (not required for the fruit crate, since this hangs by itself)
- A clock mechanism – various sizes and designs are available from craft shops. Find one that suits the the size you want the clock face to be – and don’t forget the batteries!
- Wood primer and sandpaper of varying grades to achieve the antique look you're after
- Variation: You can leave out the priming and sanding stages if you like how the piece of wood looks naturally. The edding matt paint markers for porous surfaces work brilliantly on untreated surfaces
- A hand screwdriver or small electric screwdriver for attaching the clock mechanism, and a pencil for sketching
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