Make a DIY wall clock for Halloween
Make a Halloween clock following Andrea's tutorial
Andrea from Alquimia Deco is always on the lookout for a new clock, but as she is so fussy, she learnt how to make a clock herself. For this Halloween, she thought about making an easy and low cost one. Do you want to see the result?
WHAT YOU NEED
- A piece of wood with a coffin shape
- Shoe polish
- Brown spray paint
- Clock machinery
- Superglue (e.g. Loctite Super Glue Power Flex)
- Halloween decorations
- A cloth
- A black marker
- Hand drill for wood
Get the Materials
These are all the materials you’re going to need to make a DIY clock for Halloween: a coffin shaped piece of wood, shoe polish, brown spray paint, clock machinery, a precision superglue (e.g. Loctite Super Glue Power Flex), a cloth, a black marker, a hand drill for wood and Halloween decorations. Regarding the small Halloween decorations, Andrea had these at home, but you can take advantage of any Halloween stuff you have.
Paint the piece of wood
The first step is painting the piece of wood with brown spray paint. You will have to apply fine layers, waiting for them to dry between each layer. The darker the spray color, the less layers you will have to apply. However, you can also paint the wood with acrylic paint and a paint brush.
Darkening the piece of wood
With the help of a cotton cloth, apply and distribute a bit of shoe polish on the wood top. Make sure you don’t put too much shoe polish on the cloth, as it will stain the areas where the wood absorbs the most. The idea is to create a homogeneous layer of the same colour.
Make a hole for the clock
Now you will need to look for the centre, and with the help of the hand drill, start making a hole on the wood to place the clock machinery. Make sure that the hole you drill has the same size as the clock’s machinery to ensure a good fit, even though we will later apply some glue for a tighter grip.
Glue the clock machinery
On the back of the wood plank, apply a bit of superglue (e.g. Loctite Super Glue Power Flex) to the sides of the hole. Then, rapidly place the machinery so that it stays fixed at all times.
Each clock machinery is different but its function is the same. It is really important that when you place the machinery in the hole, you make sure that it has stuck well by holding it tightly for some seconds.
Decorate the clock
Once it’s all dry, place the clock hands on the machinery and later, start adding the Halloween decorations. Andrea chose to decorate the clock with four red skulls, some small silver shiny pieces, and some plastic spider webs that she glued with superglue (e.g. Loctite Super Glue Power Flex).
Draw some decorations
To personalise the clock, Andrea drew some tree branches with the help of the black marker. It’s really important that when you’re drawing, you don’t place your hands on top of the fresh marker as the ink can stain the whole clock, so be really careful.
Finish up with decorative elements
To finish up, Andrea glued some grey plastic roses, to the ends of the tree branches. She hope to give a contrast look to the clock, considering the other Halloween ornaments.
And that’s it! As you see, it is really easy, and affordable. This way, each year you could make a different clock or give one to your friends. It is really customisable and your friends will be surprised when they get the chance to see it. If you want to see other ways to decorate clocks, you can do so by entering Andrea's blog, Alquimia Deco.