DIY Plate Clock

With Back-to-School on the brain, this DIY has college study space written all over it. Every study desk needs a clock, so why not make it something that’s not only functional, but also adds a loaded dose of style too? That’s why, I, Erin, am excited to share my newest project!

This clock, which is made from a pretty plate and a battery-powered clock mechanism, and could not be easier to pull together before you head off to school. The end result is a simple, stunning, and functional DIY plate clock that will do it’s part to keep you running on time this calendar year! The Anthro plate I originally used, is almost sold out! You can still find similar options from their tabletop section.

DIY Plate Clock - Sugar & Cloth - Home Decor - Houston Blogger DIY Plate Clock - Sugar & Cloth - Home Decor - Houston Blogger

Pretty plate

Cordless drill with 1/2″ glass & tile drill bit

Clock mechanism + battery

Industrial strength adhesive

Picture hanger

Spray paint (optional)

DIY Plate Clock - Sugar & Cloth - Home Decor - Houston Blogger

My clock mechanism arrived with white hands, so I spray painted them navy to match the plate’s speckle and for a bit more contrast. Skip this step if your clock hands arrive in the correct color.

While the spray paint is drying, drill a hole in the center of the plate with a glass & tile drill bit. Drill from the front of the plate to the back to avoid chipping on the plate face.

DIY Plate Clock - Sugar & Cloth - Home Decor - Houston Blogger

DIY Plate Clock - Sugar & Cloth - Home Decor - Houston Blogger

Typically you’d use the nut that comes with the clock mechanism to attach the mechanism/clock hands to the plate, but our plate is 1/16″ too thick to work with the enclosed nut, so instead use industrial strength adhesive to attach the mechanism to the back of the plate, placing the protruding piece through your drilled center hole.

At the same time glue the picture hanger above the clock mechanism on the back.

DIY Plate Clock - Sugar & Cloth - Home Decor - Houston Blogger

When the adhesive is dry, flip the clock over and attach the clock hands (they pop right on the protruding clock mechanism). Short hand first, long hand second and topper last.

DIY Plate Clock - Sugar & Cloth - Home Decor - Houston BloggerDIY Plate Clock - Sugar & Cloth - Home Decor - Houston BloggerDIY Plate Clock - Sugar & Cloth - Home Decor - Houston Blogger

This plate also comes in blush pink, which means choosing a color is probably the most difficult part of the entire project! Which color would you go with for your DIY clock?

Erin Francois

As a diy-er to the very core, Erin calls upon her interior design background to create pieces for the home that work to add beauty, function and a loaded dose of handmade soul to our everyday.
Find more of her handmade musings on Francois et Mois

Read more from Erin Francois

DIY Plate Clock

With Back-to-School on the brain, this DIY has college study space written all over it. Every study desk needs a clock, so why not make it something that’s not only functional, but also adds a loaded dose of style too? That’s why, I, Erin, am excited to share my newest project!

This clock, which is made from a pretty plate and a battery-powered clock mechanism, and could not be easier to pull together before you head off to school. The end result is a simple, stunning, and functional DIY plate clock that will do it’s part to keep you running on time this calendar year! The Anthro plate I originally used, is almost sold out! You can still find similar options from their tabletop section.

DIY Plate Clock - Sugar & Cloth - Home Decor - Houston Blogger DIY Plate Clock - Sugar & Cloth - Home Decor - Houston Blogger

Pretty plate

Cordless drill with 1/2″ glass & tile drill bit

Clock mechanism + battery

Industrial strength adhesive

Picture hanger

Spray paint (optional)

DIY Plate Clock - Sugar & Cloth - Home Decor - Houston Blogger

My clock mechanism arrived with white hands, so I spray painted them navy to match the plate’s speckle and for a bit more contrast. Skip this step if your clock hands arrive in the correct color.

While the spray paint is drying, drill a hole in the center of the plate with a glass & tile drill bit. Drill from the front of the plate to the back to avoid chipping on the plate face.

DIY Plate Clock - Sugar & Cloth - Home Decor - Houston Blogger

DIY Plate Clock - Sugar & Cloth - Home Decor - Houston Blogger

Typically you’d use the nut that comes with the clock mechanism to attach the mechanism/clock hands to the plate, but our plate is 1/16″ too thick to work with the enclosed nut, so instead use industrial strength adhesive to attach the mechanism to the back of the plate, placing the protruding piece through your drilled center hole.

At the same time glue the picture hanger above the clock mechanism on the back.

DIY Plate Clock - Sugar & Cloth - Home Decor - Houston Blogger

When the adhesive is dry, flip the clock over and attach the clock hands (they pop right on the protruding clock mechanism). Short hand first, long hand second and topper last.

DIY Plate Clock - Sugar & Cloth - Home Decor - Houston BloggerDIY Plate Clock - Sugar & Cloth - Home Decor - Houston BloggerDIY Plate Clock - Sugar & Cloth - Home Decor - Houston Blogger

This plate also comes in blush pink, which means choosing a color is probably the most difficult part of the entire project! Which color would you go with for your DIY clock?

Erin Francois

As a diy-er to the very core, Erin calls upon her interior design background to create pieces for the home that work to add beauty, function and a loaded dose of handmade soul to our everyday.
Find more of her handmade musings on Francois et Mois

Read more from Erin Francois

Comments

  • kathleen

    09.07.16

    Love this! You used such a pretty plate.

    • Ashley said:

      Suite One has the most amazing table top items! SO glad they are now selling in Anthropologie.

    • Ashley said:

      Right?! Love this tutorial as well.

  • Eden

    09.07.16

    What a cute idea!!!

  • Nancy

    09.10.16

    Thank you so MUCH. I found the prettiest christmas plate at a yard sale and it will make a perfect clock for the holidays! Great idea!

    • Ashley said:

      Yay! Can’t wait to see yours! xo

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