Here’s another perfect use for those old DVDs and CDs! They make great little clocks! All you need is a small clock mechanism which you can get at most stores that have a craft area. Or use one from an old clock you have lying around! I bought mine for $2.95 on Amazon. We’ve also got 12 FREE CLOCK FACES to download below and choose from. And if it’s more DVD/CD upcycles your looking for we’ve got em!
- CD or DVD
- Printed clock face (FREE DOWNLOAD BELOW)
- Small clock mechanism. I used this one.
- Spray adhesive or glue to glue clock face onto cd.
- Mod Podge for sealing (optional)
- Clear Spray (fixing agent so the ink won’t run if you use Mod Podge”
Other Clock Mechanisms that might work according to the details, though I’ve not used these personally. Double check things before purchasing.
NOTE ON CLOCK MECHANISMS: If your purchase your own you must check to make sure it will fit your CD and that the hands are the right size. Clock mechanisms come in a huge variety of sizes and only a certain size will work for your CD clock. The largest hand can generally not be longer than 2 1/4″ (Seconds hands tend to be really long and you can opt to leave that hand off if you like.) Also, the thread sections come in different lengths and will stick out in front of your CD because it is so think. I didn’t find that to be a huge problem. I generally painted the threads to match if needed.
Download a pdf of free printable clock faces. These should fit standard DVDs or CDs though there may be slight variances.
How to Print
Some printers will adjust a pdf to ‘fit to page”. If yours does that your clock face might be a tiny bit too small, showing a sliver of the CD around the edge. To correct this, when you go to print your sheet change the printer settings as shown. (Yours will look different but you should still have this setting.) Another option is the spray paint the front of your CD or DVD so that if the edge does show it doesn’t matter. It will just have a nice border. P.S. It’s a good idea to print a fast “draft” quality of your template to make sure it will fit correctly. That way you don’t waste ink.
Visual Instructions : Make a Clock from a DVD
Gather your supplies.
Glue your clock face onto the CD or DVD. For an extra nice coating you can put a layer of Mod Podge on the face of the clock but we suggest before doing so that you give it a light coat with a clear spray to make sure the ink does not run. After it dries mark the exact center of it where you will insert the mechanism.
Punch a small hole where you marked it.
Carefully insert the clock mechanism into the hole.
Attach the hands onto the front following the directions on the clock package. Also, depending on the mechanism they can have a small place to hang them up or you can put them on a small easel. Get a small easel pattern or ideas here.