Cute Clock Makeover

We’ve apparently become REALLY big fans of IKEA since moving into our new home. Actually, it’s more the Husband is obsessed with the small prices. I have to steer him away from so many different things that he wants to buy just because of the inexpensive prices. Sure we already have two brooms, but why not get one more since it’s three dollars? And why not buy another set of dishes since you get everything for less than $20?

It drives me nuts.

When we spotted these Rusch clocks at IKEA on a recent trip, the kids decided they needed them for their new rooms and the husband caved. I looked at it like a challenge: how can I possibly make these little pieces of plastic look at least semi-adorable? Today I’m here sharing Reagan’s clock and the cute clock makeover I did to make it happen.

Cute Clock Makeover


Keep reading to find out how to make your own!

Can I just show you what I had to start with? There’s nothing wrong with these clocks, per se, but there for darn sure wasn’t anything fun about them. Nothing screamed, “I belong in a kids’ room! Take me home!” That needed to change.

Cute Clock Makeover 1Materials:

  • Rusch Clock from IKEA
  • 12″ x 12″ piece of scrapbook paper
  • pencil
  • X-ACTO knife
  • adhesive
  • chipboard numbers
  • rhinestone brad
  • acrylic paints and paint brush

1. Start by taking the clock apart. Because this clock only cost us $2, it wasn’t super difficult to take apart. Throw in some muscle and a flathead screw driver and you’ll have it apart in no time flat.

2. Lay the lid of the clock on your scrapbook paper to make sure you’ve got the placement correct.

3. I flipped the paper over before I began tracing the lid. I have this pet peeve about tracing lines showing up on my projects. Cut your circle out.

4. Place your circle on the base of the clock and trace the small hole on the back where the clock mechanism fits through.

5. I used an X-ACTO knife to cut the circle out. I’m sure you could use scissors or something of like, but then you’d have to fold the paper and make it all crease-y. (Totally the technical terminology, FYI.)

Cute Clock Makeover 2

 Now comes the fun part: the accessorizing! I spotted these Thickers chipboard stickers when I was at CHA and I knew that I had to work with them ASAP. I picked up the glittery version from my local craft store.

6. Place the numbers where they’re supposed to go on the clock and use some extra adhesive to make sure they stick in place for the long haul. It’s no fun to get your clock all put back together when you’re finished and the numbers start falling off. Not that I know from experience or anything… I used one large rhinestone brad in place of the number 12.

7. Apply a heavy amount of adhesive to the original clock face and press the new clock face in place.

8. I swiped a quick coat of acrylic paint on the clock hands to have them coordinate with the new look. After they were dry, I put the clock pieces back together.

Cute Clock Makeover 3

Voila! Now my daughter has a sweet little clock that matches her cute new room that doesn’t make her momma want to curse her husband for caving to the demands of a three and four year old. Just saying.

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  1. says

    This is adorable! I have this exact same clock in a box somewhere from when I had it in college. If I can find it, I’m definitely making it over and hanging it my studio!

    This project should be featured on Dollar Store crafts sometime in the next week.


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