I loooove reading novels and now I have a bunch of books sitting in my room. They have basically become “useless” things that just gather dust but I love them. And since I don’t have the courage to sell or give them away, I have decided to upcycle some of them in a couple of ways. Here’s one project I did which took about an hour – a book clock!
You should try it on one of your books, especially if you’ve been thinking of buying a new clock. This would be a better idea – cheaper and unique! It would also be a cool gift for friends and family :)
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You’ll need these materials:
- Hardbound Book
- Clock Kit
And these tools:
- Sharp Cutter/Craft Knife
- Metal Ruler
- Awl – or any sharp object to make a small hole on the cover
Choose a nice hardbound book: The cover should have a plain and simple design so that you won’t have a hard time reading the clock. It would also be nice if you could get one with a relevant title.
A really old book – one with yellow pages – would be better for a vintage touch.
Buy/get a clock set that would fit inside your book, of course :)
Clock kits are cheap and they are not difficult to find. Some of you may even get to choose the hands that will go with the mechanism. Consider this when choosing your clock. It should match the style of your book, and again, must be easy to look at.
Determine the placement of your clock. If you plan to make it stand on a table or shelf, keep in mind that the minute hand should not rotate past the bottom of the book. You wouldn’t want it to hit the table. But if you plan to hang it on a wall, it won’t be necessary.
Using a cutter and a ruler, carefully make a hole where your clock would fit perfectly. See, every now and then, if you can close the book as if nothing is inside. If not keep digging, but do not cut down all the way through! And of course, do not forget to puncture the cover.
Add batteries and the hands, according to the directions in your kit and that’s it! You now have a very nice vintage book clock :)
Thanks to braimb for this great project.