Upcycled Clock for Craft Studio

OK, so it’s not a far stretch to upcycle a clock into another clock, but when I stumbled upon an Umbra clock at my local Value Village, it struck me that I didn’t yet have one for my craft studio.

Here’s how it started out:


With a vinyl sticker, I knew I could turn it into a one-of-a-kind piece to sport my Birdz of a Feather logo. Once I saw the price, it was a no-brainer; you can’t even buy a clock mechanism for that!

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The clock is battery operated and held on by a nut and some washers so it was easy to take it apart with a socket wrench.

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Once it was apart, I cleaned it with rubbing alcohol so the sticker would adhere well. I peeled back a small section of the sticker and positioned it where I wanted it.

If you didn’t want to use a vinyl sticker, you could also print out your graphic on paper and decoupage it onto the clock face.

I have to admit that I didn’t use a graphic squeegee applicator to smooth it out as I peeled the backing and that was a big mistake. I ended up with air bubbles everywhere! I had to use a safety pin to carefully pick up an edge and peel it off again (one half at a time) and then lay it down smoothly again with the squeegee. You just can’t do it without a tool! If you don’t have a squeegee, a credit card will also work in a pinch.

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I put the clock works back in the order they were taken off and I was done!


You might remember the vintage hutch shelf hubs and I upcycled a few months ago. I thought the clock would look great hanging from the pegboard! I used a plastic hook especially made for pegboard to hold the clock on.

All-in-all, not a bad little project for $1.50 + the cost of the vinyl sticker!


Hubs and I are busy as bees with my craft studio and it’s looking great. Last weekend we had some much appreciated help moving in and setting up all the heavy equipment!

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I’ll have the final reveal of my craft studio in the next week or two! In the meantime, feel free to check out the progression of my craft studio to date:

    1. The Making of a Craft Studio– Calling All Crafters: Help Me Decide the Best Layout for my New Studio
    2. The Making of a Craft Studio (II)– Design Your Space Using Ikea’s Pax Planner!
    3. The Making of a Craft Studio (III) – If You Build It, She Will Come!
    4. The Making of a Craft Studio (IV) – Progress Report

UPDATE: Click to see the final reveal!

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