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How to Make a Decoupaged Clock
If you are looking for a creative way to dress up an old clock, follow these directions and learn how to dress it up using fabric strips. Make one for yourself and then make another to give as a gift. You can also start from scratch with a clock kit, which is what I did.
- Age Guideline: 10 Years and Up
- Time Required: 30 minutes + (Does not include drying time)
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending... on your circumstances.
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Gathering The Supplies
Before you start any project it is easiest to gather together all of the supplies. For this fabric clock you will need:
- Clock Kit (compare prices)
- Decoupage Medium
- Buttons or Brads
- Strong Glue
- Small Fabric Plate
- Clear Acrylic Spray
- Cutting Mat
- Scissors or Rotary Cutter
- Foam Brush
- Pen or Pencil
- Paint Brush
Now we can start crafting.
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Cutting Strips of Fabric
Cut about 8 strips from different fabric. The strips should be wider on one end that the other. They should not all be the same size or shape. You might need a few more or a few less depending on the size of your clock face. Lay the fabric on the clock face and trim. Cut more fabric strips if needed. The ends of the Fabric should be hanging over the edge of the clock face.
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Glue the Fabric to the Clock Face
Working in small sections using a foam brush, coat the clock face with a generous layer of decoupage medium and stick on the fabric strips. Smooth each piece as you go. Make sure there is plenty of extra fabric hanging over all four edges. Let the decoupage medium dry.
If you want to read more about how to decoupage, including great tips and step-by-step directions, check out this How to Decoupage article.
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Glue the Fabric to the Clock Back
Once the decoupage medium is dry on the front of the clock, flip the entire thing over and secure the ends of the fabric on the back side of the clock. I used a combination of craft glue and tape to hold the ends in place. The tape can hold the fabric ends in place until the glue dries. I even left the tape there once the glue dried because I figured it wasn't hurting anything and it couldn't be seen.
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Seal the Clock
Now you need to coat the face of the clock completely with decoupage medium. Let this dry.
You may need to use more than one coat. Continue this step until your clock face has a smooth surface.
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Figure Out the Clock Face
The easiest way I found to figure out the proper placement for the clock numbers is to use a small paper plate. I found a small paper plate that fit perfectly on the clock face. You could also trim down a larger plate until it was the appropriate size.
I started drawing lines evenly spaced around the back of the paper plate, using a pen and ruler, until I had spots marked for all 12 numbers. All I had to do was make sure they were all fairly evenly spaced apart.
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Gluing on the Clock Numbers
Place the paper plate on your clock face, making sure the lines are all going in the right direction. Make sure the lines that will be 12:00 and 6:00 are straight up and down.
Use a strong glue to attach the brads, or whatever you will use to represent each number, in place. Let the glue dry before you move the clock.
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Paint Your Clock Hands
While you are waiting for the glue to dry on your clock numbers, you can paint the clock hands to match your clock. This step is not necessary, but it adds a nice finishing touch. Once the paint is dry, seal it with a few thin layers or clear acrylic spray.
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Finishing Your Clock
To finish your clock, simply slips the hands in place following any directions provided by the clock kit your bought.
Now hang your clock and enjoy, This also makes a great gift.