The Clock Craft

You may have heard of a film called The Clock by artist Christian Marclay. It’s been showing in galleries and museums around the world for the past two years, and is now in Toronto. It’s the result of an ambitious two year project involving collaging and remixing thousands of images of film and TV footage, to represent every minute of a twenty- four hour period. The film is edited to be shown in real time, which means it’s 24 hours long. Crazy! I recently saw it, loved it, and found myself wanting to stay much longer than I could but…no time. In fact it was really interesting to be so engaged in something, yet constantly aware of the time, and in my case, when the parking meter would expire.

There are plenty of clips on YouTube which will give you an idea of what the film looks like. Naturally, a clock project had to come out of this, since at some point we all have to learn how to tell time.


  • recycled vinyl record
  • glue and glue gun
  • nut and bolt which fit through the centre of the record
  • assortment of odds and ends/craft materials e.g. felt, pipe cleaners, beads, straws, polymer clay, etc.
  • acrylic paint (optional)
  • white glue (optional)


This craft is about making a fun clock for young children, so they can practice telling time. Recycled vinyl records are a great size to use as a base, and very easy to come by. You may even have a few stashed away in your basement like I did.

Paint needs to be added first, if you’re going to be using it. You may want to add some splatters, or paint over the centre label. Allow to dry before continuing. Another idea is using magazine images or a child’s drawings to make a collage on the surface of the record.

Add clock numbers using an assortment of odds and ends to make it interesting, and a little bit crazy. Think polymer clay, sticks, colourful paper, beads, screws, felt, straws, etc. Make sure they are glued fairly close to the edge, so you can move the arms around without touching them. Attach using a glue gun.

Back of clock

Once all the numbers have been glued down, you can attach the arms of the clock. Pipe cleaners or arms cut out of bristol board will work well. Just make sure whatever you choose is strong enough for plenty of use.

Attach them using a nut and bolt which fit through the centre hole of the record. To make life easier, I took my record to a hardware store so I could easily find the right size. If you’re using pipe cleaners, wrap each one around the bolt once. If you’re using cardboard, make sure to cut a hole through the bottom of each arm so the bolt can go through. Put the bolt and arms through the hole in the front of the record, and add the nut onto the back. Tighten so the arms are securely in place, but loose enough so kids can rotate them and practice telling the time.

Front of clock



Filed under Artists, Christian Marclay, clock, recycling

24 responses to “The Clock Craft

  1. How fun is that! That clock looks like a party! Making it, AND displaying it…..

  2. Soooo FUN! Love how it turned out!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  3. That is such an awesome idea, the clock is fab going to check out you tube

  4. Now that is a fun clock! It reminds me of New Years.

  5. Anonymous

    This is so cute and creative! Thanks for linking up! So excited to have co-hosted with SPARK today! LOVD tidings, Lilly

  6. What a neat idea for a clock! It looks great! And I’ve never heard of that movie before – I shall have to see some of it!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  7. I thought of New Years, too, when I saw it! Very fun!

  8. Madoqua

    This is a terrific idea! What fun!

  9. What a fun clock. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  10. navywifeypeters

    Cool clock! I’d love for you to share this at my new linky party, Submarine Sunday. I hope you’ll stop by!


  11. joy

    a very nice clock! worth the effort:)

  12. Wow, what a fun clock! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  13. Super duper cute & funky clock! I LOVE it!

    Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great week and I look forward to seeing you linked up again on Friday,
    Beth =-)

  14. This clock is great. I love the tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  15. What a great craft!! It is wonderful!!

  16. That is the coolest clock ever! I love it. You are so creative. Thank you so much for sharing again this week at A Bouquet of Talent. I just love your awesome projects. HUGS

  17. Anonymous

    What type of paint did you use to paint the record? Will it chip off?

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