Turn A Book Into a Clock!

turn a book into a clockOur DIY instructions will show you how to turn a book into a clock – perfect for “literary decorating”. Of course, this isn’t the the project you want to make out of your favorite book. The book will pretty much need to be gutted to make the clock. This fun timepiece is a great way to recycle a book or purchase one from the goodwill store like I did.

turn a book into a clockSupplies:

  • book
  • quartz-movement clock kit (around $6)
  • drill
  • paint

1. Make sure to remove the pages of the book before you start. Frame a few of the extra book pages to complement your clock.

2. Paint the hands of the clock a color to match your book. The funky brass color just wasn’t working for me. I have many craft paints – so I mixed a few colors to make the right green.

3. Mark the spot where you would like to place your clock piece. Drill a hole for the clock piece.

4. After drilling the hole – it was a little messy looking. So I cutout a green ham (from one of the book pages) and glued it over the hole. Then punched out the hole to make it more clean looking and to hide any stray cardboard pieces.

Follow the instructions to assemble the clock parts. I did not use numbers but you might want too. Craft stores are a great place to purchase number stick-ons. Assemble the clock and there you have it a literary timepiece!

This project takes approximately an hour. Easy, creative project that turns a book into a clock.

Posted on July 8, 2009
Categories: all about design dazzle, creative ideas, diy projects, diy tutorials & creative ideas, repurposing, room decor, toni's projects, ideas and tips

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  1. Jessie says:
    July 8, 2009

    cute idea. 🙂

  2. Lorie says:
    July 8, 2009

    Toni! I love it! Can I ask what you did (or added) to hang it straight since the clock is off center.

    Of course, it would be cute just leaning up against the wall!

  3. designdazzle.blogspot.com says:
    July 8, 2009

    Thanks I'm glad you like it. I use a foam tape by 3m that doesn't leave marks on the wall and it's heavy duty. You would still need to use a hook to hold it and the foam tape to keep it centered. The clock isn't very heavy and it definitely would look just as cute sitting on an easel. With this book I knew the clock dial would be off-centered, some books it would be easier to center the clock.

  4. Rachel@oneprettything.com says:
    July 8, 2009

    What a fun project! I'll be linking.

  5. Anonymous says:
    July 9, 2009

    If you wanted to be able to set the book up on a shelf without an easel, could you just drill the front cover and have the clock mechanism inside the pages? Then you could fan the pages and back cover and stand it straight. Would that work, or would the cover not be thick enough for the clock to attach to?

    BTW, I love this!

  6. designdazzle.blogspot.com says:
    July 9, 2009

    The book cover would not be thick enough, the clock mechanism is slightly under 1/2" thick. But good thought…

  7. designdazzle.blogspot.com says:
    July 9, 2009

    The book cover would not be thick enough, the clock mechanism is slightly under 1/2″ thick. But good thought…

  8. Katherine Marie! says:
    July 9, 2009

    I'm so doing this. Absolutely brilliant! Thank you. :):)

  9. Nanny Dee says:
    July 11, 2009

    What a great idea! Thanks for posting!

  10. Anoosh says:
    August 7, 2014

    Wow. What a remarkable idea for old books.

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