When I am working, I have a tough time staying away from social media on my phone. Every time I pick up my phone to check what time it is, I end up wasting time on Facebook or Instagram instead. In an attempt to up my productivity a bit, I made my own analog desk clock so I can check the time at a glance.
Supplies you will need:
- Standing wood frame
- Dye or stain
- Envirotex Lite
- Mixing cup and stir sticks
- Clock mechanism
I love using Envirotex Lite Pour-On to create a polished finish for projects like this. It creates such a smooth, shiny surface that makes the finished project look so professional!
I chose to apply dye to the bottom half of my wood frame to give it a dip-dyed appearance. If you don’t have dye, you could also use watercolors to achieve a similar look. Don’t want to cover up the wood tones of the frame? Use a regular wood stain or skip adding color to the frame altogether. If you do add dye or stain to the frame, be sure to let it dry FULLY before moving on.
Next, I mixed up four ounces of Envirotex Lite according to the package directions. I elevated the frame on two mixing cups inside of a cardboard box and poured the resin over the top of the frame. You may have to use a paintbrush to make sure the sides of the frame are totally coated with the resin.
I used a long arm lighter to pop any bubbles that rose to the surface of the resin. Then I covered the box to let the resin cure.
This step is optional but recommended: After the resin has cured for a few hours, carefully remove the frame from the box and set it on a silicone mat. If you allow the resin to fully cure in the box rig, you may have to fight to pry the frame off of the cups it was sitting on.
When the resin is fully cured and hard, I drilled a hole in the frame that was large enough to accommodate a craft clock mechanism. I chose to place a piece of painter’s tape over the area where I was drilling to make sure the resin didn’t crack.
You can find clock kits like this at your local craft store. I found mine in the same aisle as I found the wood frame!
Assemble the clock mechanism according to package directions, add a battery, and set the time!
You know have a fully functional desk clock that you made yourself!
You can choose to add a photo or quote to the frame. Personalize it to match your decor or change it up from season to season!
Jessica Hill is the creative mind behind the blog, Mad in Crafts. For nearly 9 years, Jessica has shared crazy good creativity from her Mad House to yours. When she’s not creating, Jessica loves the Detroit Tigers, craft beer, and spending time with her family and rescue dog.
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