Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Nerdy DIY Canvas Clock

I've had the same wall clock in my room for the past four years.  Though there's nothing wrong with the little Target timepiece, I felt like it was time to switch it up a bit. See, I never even hung the thing up since moving in:

At first I thought I'd do something to match our comforter, but as Penga-Mom pointed out, we might change our blankets in the future and then be stuck with a mismatched clock.

So instead I chose simply to go with something "happy-to-look-at first thing any given weekday morning".

Starting with a canvas I had laying around, I blocked off some square shapes with painter tape.

Then I painted them in with cheap acrylics.  It took several coats, and there was a little bleeding involved since apparently I don't know how to lay proper painter's tape.

I will save you the days and days of drying time and skip to the finished painting:

And I shall name my little piece: "It's hip to be square".  Huu huu huuuuu. Can you name all my nerdy square references? (Answers at the bottom.)

Next I dismantled a wall clock I bought from Daiso for $1.50.

I poked a hole (reinforced with tape) in the canvas and stuck the clock in, taping the device into the backside of the frame.

Huzzah! She lives!

I thought about painting the second hand so it would match, but didn't want to risk upsetting the weight balance or anything.  A clock's no good if it doesn't work.

I may still paint in some hour markers to the "face" of the clock since it seems I cannot tell time without them. Boo.

Anyway, I really like my new clock, even if it isn't as crisp and clean as the MS Paint mock-up I did beforehand.  Who knew an actual paint brush doesn't work the same as the paint bucket tool? Hehe.

Squares from top to bottom, left to right: Tetris block, Mario item box, Portal companion cube, part of a sudoku square (with our anniversary and the answer to the universe inside!), Domo's head, an IC, a Lego block, a power outlet/surprised face, and a Minesweeper flag.

What other things are square? You have no idea how much time I spent brainstorming.


  1. I love it! Especially the Mario question mark block. You are so creative!

  2. I love this clock! I love it when the little engineer in you gets creative like this!

  3. this is so cute and creative. definitely a happy thing to look at.

  4. You're. Amazing. Can you give away one of these deals instead? :oP WOW~!

  5. Wow, I love that! It looks AMAZING!

  6. Wow, very cool. Lol, I thought the power outlet was Kirby and the IC was a magic rug.

    If you have some extra wood, you might want to frame/prop the back where the clock is. Probably one to the bottom and right. It'll help with keeping time correct and preserving your great art work.

  7. I love it!!!! How fun! I love all the references!!


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