How To Make Your Own Personalized Clock

You will need:

  • 1 round tin lid (deep and big enough to hide the clock movement)
  • Permanent marker
  • Awl (or a handheld drill)
  • Dial template
  • 12 hour markers of your choice (i.e. stickers, colored shells, pebbles)
  • Superglue (optional)
  • Clock movement
  • Hands

You can easily buy the clock movement, hands, and dial template from a clock-parts supplier. Or you may just take an old clock apart, keeping the hands and mechanics intact. If you choose to do the latter, you will need to make your own dial template by tracing the dials of an old round clock.



  1. Measure the diameters on the lid to determine the cross points (center).

  • Mark the spot with a permanent marker.

  • Using the awl or drill, make a hole through the center of the lid where you marked.

  • Referring to the dial template, place hour markers around the tin.

  • Fasten hour markers with superglue if they are not already adhesive.

  • Finally, assemble the clock movement, and affix it to the tin following the manufacturer's instructions.

    Note: Make a "Backwards Clock" by adhering digit embossed stickers of the number 1-12 backwards (e.g. 10 becomes 2, and 3 becomes 9). Ask a clock-parts supplier person how you can adjust the settings on your clock movement so the dial moves anticlockwise instead of clockwise. This confusing clock makes a charming conversation starter!



    Share this article!

    Follow us!

    Find more helpful articles: