DIY working book clock

Make a one-of-a-kind timepiece with old books

If you're like me, you probably have shelves, boxes and closets full of old books. Although they are nice to stack on a trendy bookshelf, too many books can start to look cluttered. Instead of storing them in closets and bedrooms hoarder-style, create one-of-a-kind clocks using your favorite worn and torn novels!

DIY Clock craft

Grab a vintage hardcover off your shelf and create this incredible clock that you can display anywhere. This DIY also makes a great wedding prop for a vintage old-fashioned affair.

DIY tutorial by Shealynn's Faerie Shoppe and Ruffles and Stuff.

Materials:

MATERIALS

  • Old hardcover book
  • Clock movement (you can buy one here)
  • X-Acto knife
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Battery for the clock

Step 1: Determine where the clock hands will go

Place one clock hand on top of the cover of your book exactly where you want the clock to be.

clock hand

Place a dot where the clock hands will be so you don't misalign the clock body with the hands.

Step 2: Hollow out the middle of the book

Trace the large clock movement (where the battery goes) onto the book pages. (Make sure the pointing part is facing up).

movement

Then, using your X-Acto knife, begin cutting the pages so they are deep enough to fit the entire clock movement. This can take up to an hour or so, depending on the size of your movement. Cut the pages deep enough so that the book closes normally.

cut

cut

cut out

Remove the cut pages.

Step 3: Push a hole through the hardcover

Using your X-Acto knife, push a hole through the marker you placed earlier. Be sure the hole in the cover lines up with the pointing part of the clock movement inside.

sharp

poke

Carefully cut out a hole that fits over the pointing part of the clock movement perfectly. This may take a few tries to get it to fit just right.

stab

Fit the top part of the movement through the hole and shut the book.

hole

book

Up next: Finish your DIY working book clock >>

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Comments on "DIY working book clock"

SM January 08, 2014 | 12:14 PM

I want to make this as a gift for a friend. What is the glue for (it's listed, but I don't see how/where it's used). Also, can you show a picture of what the inside looks like (with the clock mechanism and the battery)? Thanks.

Steff August 02, 2012 | 6:51 AM

I notice you didn't add the second hand to the finished product? Is that because the second hand constantly ticks?

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