How to Make a DIY Mid Century Wall Clock

If you’re looking for a statement piece for your home decor, this DIY mid-century wall clock is it!

Well, we’re finally back to our regularly scheduled programming after last week’s blog birthday madness. And I’m really excited about this DIY!

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect retro clock for my living room (which we’re doing a room makeover we’re sharing soon)!

But I wanted to make it a bit bigger than the rest, so this one is jumbo-sized my friends!

Needless to say, this not-so-little DIY Mi Century Wall clock is the perfect statement decor piece!

Surprisingly, it’s actually pretty simple to make and will cost you a lot less than most home decor stores to create…

Mid-century furniture can be pricey. 

But we’ve managed to make affordable pieces like a DIY Mid Century Modern Side Table, DIY Mid Century Plant Stands, and even a Mid Century DIY Daybed that mimics the look.

DIY mid century wall clock - sugar & cloth

Materials and Tools Needed to Make a DIY Mid Century Wall Clock

Metallic gold spray paint

Clear shellac spray paint

Wood Stain in Early American

Foam brush for stain

12 Dowel caps

Modern clock movementA similar one is available here.

24″ wood round

Super glue

D Ring hangers

Picture wire

Drill, screws, and drill bit

DIY mid century wall clock - sugar & cloth

How To Make A DIY Mid Century Wall Clock

1 — First off you’re going to stain the wood around the color of your choice and let it dry completely.

2 — While that’s drying, go ahead and spray paint the clock movement and wooden dowel caps with the metallic gold and let dry.

DIY mid century wall clock - sugar & cloth
DIY mid century wall clock - sugar & cloth

In order to not scratch the mechanisms, you’re going to go ahead and attach the d-ring picture hangers to the back of the board with a drill.

3 —Then, string the picture wire between the two so that the clock is ready to hang once the front is assembled.

DIY mid century wall clock - sugar & cloth

4 — Now flip the board over and we’re going to assemble the front face of the clock.

The clock movement we used will just rest on the face of it.

5 — So measure out the exact center of your wood round and drill a screw about 1/2 inch below that so that once the mechanism is hanging it will be in the middle.

DIY mid century wall clock - sugar & cloth

6 — Now all you have to do is glue the wooden dowel caps in place to represent the hours and you’re all set!

DIY mid century wall clock - sugar & cloth
DIY mid century wall clock - sugar & cloth
DIY mid century wall clock - sugar & cloth

Living Room Furniture Sources

Navy chair from Target

End table from Target

Double table lamp from Rejuvenation

DIY mid century wall clock - sugar & cloth

I also feel inclined to admit that I never use actual clocks or watches to tell time (blame Apple for my iPhone), but they make the cutest statements, don’t you think?!

I really love the idea of skipping the gold dots and just doing the metallic movement and wood round for an even simpler DIY version!

More DIY Clock Ideas

DIY mid century wall clock - sugar & cloth

DIY Mid Century Wall Clock

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If you’re looking for a statement piece for your home decor, this DIY mid-century wall clock is it!
Prep Time1 hr
Drying time4 hrs
Total Time5 hrs
Course DIY

Instructions

  • First off you’re going to stain the wood around the color of your choice and let it dry completely.
  • While that’s drying, go ahead and spray paint the clock movement and wooden dowel caps with the metallic gold and let dry.
    In order to not scratch the mechanisms, you’re going to go ahead and attach the d-ring picture hangers to the back of the board with a drill.
  • Then, string the picture wire between the two so that the clock is ready to hang once the front is assembled.
  • Now flip the board over and we’re going to assemble the front face of the clock.
    The clock movement we used will just rest on the face of it.
  • So measure out the exact center of your wood round and drill a screw about 1/2 inch below that so that once the mechanism is hanging it will be in the middle.
  • Now all you have to do is glue the wooden dowel caps in place to represent the hours and you’re all set!
Cost: $65
KEYWORD: diy mid century wall clock

Be sure to share your DIY Mid Century Wall Clock with us on Instagram using the hashtag #sugarandclothloves, so we can follow along, too! We always love seeing all of your creations!

 

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16 thoughts on “How to Make a DIY Mid Century Wall Clock”

  1. Hi, I am a new follower of your site, love all your d.i.y. ! I love how you put the whole setting together and especially the cobalt blue chair. May I know where can I get it? Thanks a lot!

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  2. This is perfect! I’ve been looking for the perfect mcm clock for my in-progress mcm-inspired bath reno – this is exactly what I need. Okay, time to just make it :)

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  3. It’s seriously perfect, along with the chair, end table and the whole setup. I could just place the whole thing in my living room and be satisfied. The colors will match perfectly.

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  4. This wall clock is so pretty! I love the size, and the color of the wood! I want one in our Master Bedroom!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

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