Save an old book from the trash & give it new life by creating a Book Clock for your home!
I have been planning & dreaming about this little Book Clock for months now. My excitement over this little DIY led me to fear that I would mess it up & be disappointed with the outcome. In the past this had caused me to become overly saddened & my husband has had to watch me sulk like a little girl over her ruined crafts. So I waited & kept postponing the date in my planner. I actually had it scheduled for the end of July.
But then, out of the blue, I decided I wasn’t going to procrastinate any longer, I wasn’t going to think about it, I was just going to do it & hope for the best. So after a quick trip to Hobby Lobby for the clock parts I headed to our guest bedroom – which has become nothing more than a huge closet – & scrummaged through the hundreds of books I have rescued from the free pile at used book stores. After contemplating which color direction I wanted to go I finally decided upon this little beauty.
I just love old Reader’s Digest books. They always have such fun covers & colors & are great for crafting! After choosing the book I immediately got to work. No stopping, no turning back.
Oh boy & am I glad I did! I am absolutely in love with my new Book Clock!
Now if only I was better at telling time…
Old Book – Don’t forget to google the book & check the ISBN first. How sad would it be to ruin a valuable book!
Clock Parts & Battery
2 Small Paint Brushes
Hot Glue Gun & Glue
Note: If you don’t want to mess with gold leaf flakes you can always use gold paint.
First, use a ruler to find the center of the book & mark it with a dot.
Place the brass washer over the dot & trace a circle. Then cut it out using a drill or x-acto knife & make sure the clock part fits
Close the book with the clock part (sorry, I don’t know the actual name) still in the hole, then carefully take it out & trace around it. Using your exact knife cut a box for the clock.
I had originally planned on using gold paint on top & black paint on the sides. But as you can see I ended up using gold leaf on top & white paint on the sides. I just followed the directions on the gold leaf package, using 2 small paint brushes & Mod Podge – just like I did for my Gold Butterfly Wreath.
While your numbers are drying instal the clock according to the packaging instructions, then attach the numbers with your hot glue gun.
I’d love to see your DIY Book Clock!
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With love, G
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