Funky Repurposed Clock from a Vintage Light Globe

One of my favorite places to go here in Raleigh is the Vintage Village. It is a fantastic little village with a group of several stores brimming with antiques of all kinds. There is even a little salvage place where you can find the most fantastic old doors and windows! My mom and I were there a couple of weeks ago and I found this fun globe for a ceiling light on the dollar table. I thought it would be perfect as a clock.

Here’s What You Need:

*Light Globe

*Clock kit



*Number stickers (optional)


My globe unbelievably had a design of twelve little stars around the perimeter, so I did not feel the need to add any number stickers to it. The first thing you want to do is paint the underside of your globe where you like. You can choose whether to paint the whole cover or to paint details. I painted the details around the center in one of my favorite new colors. Paint the plastic mechanism of your clock white as well as the rubber gasket. You can also paint the hands of your clock kit. I painted mine a bright red. Once your paint is dry you are ready to assemble your clock. Slip your plastic mechanism and the rubber gasket up through the hole in the middle of the globe from behind. The hole in the globe I used was bigger than my hardware, so I glued the box and gasket to the backside. Attach your nut to the front and tighten down, then add your clock hands according to the package directions. Now you are ready to add a battery and display your clock.

I think my clock turned out to be pretty darn cute! It cost me less than five dollars to make as well. The globe I picked up for a buck and the clock kit I bought at the craft store with a half off coupon. Not bad eh? I love how easy it is to repurpose every day items into clocks. It’s a lot of fun too! You can really customize the design according to the type of globe and painted accents you use. This little clock whipped up really fast! It would make a great gift too! So, next time you are at the thrift shop, don’t pass up that old light globe. I hope some of you will give this one a try! You’ll love it!

Happy Crafting!

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5 Responses

  1. MissAnubis


  2. I’ve got a serious clock passion and this is a must-make!

    Thank you for sharing it.

  3. Wow, this is so beautiful. Such a great idea and it turned out wonderful!

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