Retro Wall Clock DIY

WH retro clock DIY

If you’re as crazy about retro designs and mid century modern styling as I am, then you’re going to love this project! I made an “atomic” wall clock that’s colorful, shiny, and makes an impact. Keep reading to learn how you can use Walnut Hollow products to easily make your own retro styled clock.

Supplies Used
step 1
Step one: Paint the face of the clock with white paint. When it dries, add some lustre to it by painting over it with a Pearl Lustre paint.
Step two: Paint the twelve dowel rods silver.
Step three:  Paint each of the styrofoam balls with the Glamour Dust paint. To make this as easy as possible, I insert a toothpick into the base of the ball. Holding the ball over a small cup, I pour the paint all over it to cover the surface.  Let the excess drip off, then place then toothpick in a styrofoam disk so the ball can dry.  Repeat as needed.
step 3
Step four: Use a pencil to mark lines on the unpainted back of the clock.

step 4

Step five: Use the woodburning tool to trace the lines. Repeat until the lines are as wide as the dowel rods.
step 2d
Step six: Skewer the colorful balls onto the ends of the dowel rods.
step 5
Step seven: Glue the dowel rods into the lines you created. This way the rods will be evenly sized and won’t roll around the back of the clock.
Step eight: Follow the easy to understand instructions on the back of the clock gear to assemble the clock.  First, place the mechanism in the back of the clock.  Slide the minutes hand on, followed by the hour hand. Finish with the seconds hand.  The clock gear comes with a hanger already in it, so all you have to do is add a battery before hanging up the clock.
WH DIY Clock
I’ve seen this style clock retail in the hundreds of dollars. I was able to create my own for much, much less!  Have fun crafting and creating your own clock for your space!
WH diy retro clock
Italian born and bred, Morena is the kind of girl who would rather have paint on her fingers than get a manicure. The daughter of two DIYers, she and her husband strive to pass the tradition and value of handmade to their four children. Morena’s passion is using thrifted and inexpensive finds to craft designer inspired creations, and she excels in creating colorful, bold pieces. As a former teacher, her site,,  is like her virtual classroom.

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