5 Cool And Unusual DIY Clocks

“Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way” ~ Pink Floyd

For many, back to school time means waking up early. So many of us need help in that department. It’s the perfect time to take a look at a trend I’ve noticed  -  cool and unusual clocks that you can create yourself.

Time and trends don’t stand still, so let these 5 cool and unusual clocks be the inspiration to make fun, funky and functional clocks.

5 DIY Clocks

1. Blank Clock

There’s no better way to have fun with time than to design your own. This blank wall clock via Better Living Through Design could easily be made with a simple piece of leftover wood painted with an inexpensive clock mechanism and IdeaPaint. I like IdeaPaint because it helps to save millions of worn out and unwanted whiteboards ending up in landfills each year. With IdeaPaint, there’s nothing to throw out. Apply it directly over the surface and when it’s ready to be changed, just paint over it.

Next: Funky Time clock

2. Funky Time

Designer Pavel Sidorenko creates clocks from old vinyl records. You can view his funky wall clocks at Top of Designs. This tutorial from Instructables for making a Dali-style melting clock from a record album explains the melting process.

Next: Frame Clock

3. Frame Clock

The recycled DIY design possibilities this Frames Clock via Dutch By Design provides are endless: photographs, wallpaper, greeting cards, quotes, wrapping paper…

Next: Screen Saver Clock

4. Screen Saver Clock

Real Simple magazine provides the step-by-step instructions for downloading this screensaver clock onto your computer.

Next: Knitting Clock

5. Knitting Clock

This Knitting Clock called, the ’365′ is not technically a DIY clock project to make, but I just have to share this with my knitting readers because it knits! Yes, you read that right. The ’365′ is a knitting clock, created by German designer Siren Else Wilhelmsen, will knit a scarf a year.

For more timely inspiration, check out David Stark’s, OMG, I Made My Own Clock Contest.


Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Good ideas.Thanks for sharing

Zazgyva A.
Zazgyva A5 years ago

wow... knitting clock...

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thank for the informative article!

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago


Dorothy P.
Dorothy P5 years ago

People have time on their hands so to speak and time to share their crafty ideas. Very nice.

David M.
David M.7 years ago


David M.
David M.7 years ago


Bon L.
Bon L7 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Robert O.
Robert O7 years ago

Very cool!