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Three top ways to recycle old clocks

Posted on July 9, 2010 at 6:10 AM

If you've got a few old quartz clocks cluttering up your space, why not use bits and pieces from those clocks to create new ones with a bit of fun attached. Reuse and recycle stuff you already have on hand.. I've made clocks out of old books, plates, candy boxes or spice tins, CDs, vinyl records, cereal boxes, even old boots! Here are a few examples of materials you can recycle into clocks.

Upcycle a Tin Box into a Clock



You can turn any tin container into a clock. All you need is a hammer (or electric drill with a metal bit) and clock parts. Make them as gifts or sell them at local fairs. I sold quite a few on my Etsy site.

Upcycle an Old Book into a Clock


The book clock takes a bit more time as you have to cut a hole inside the book to accommodate the quartz clock works - but, hey, it's worth the effort. I've sold all the book clocks that I've made so far. 

Upcycle a Cardboard Box into a Clock


A clock made out of a cereal box (or any other type of cardboard box) is sure to make your kids smile in the morning. I made this one for a friend who was urged to eat more fibre by her doctor!

Categories: Clocks, Books, Cardboard

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Reply gebrichi
8:11 AM on July 11, 2011 
You could try Michael's in your area or buy them online. When I can't find old clocks at the charity shops like Value Village, I buy them online from Lee Valley Tools. Although a Canadian company, they sell to the US and everywhere else. Here is the link:

http://www.leevalley.com/EN/home/OnlineCatalogs.aspx

If you go to the Woodworking section, select Clock Kits/Parts.

Hope this helps you.
Reply melissa
7:43 PM on July 10, 2011 
Where do you purchase the clock parts...I purchases a cheap clock from walmart and I think your hands the gold look great. any ideas on where I can purchase the gold ones. Thanks