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How to make a DIY cutting board clock

Bring the beach shoreline into your home with this repurposed and upcycled coastal clock! I will show you how to make your own rustic wood clock using a former cutting board and a simple clock kit. Clock kits come in a variety of sizes and styles.  When ordering the clock kit, make sure to consider the size of your cutting board to ensure they fit well together.

This project is inspired by a collection of broken tiles collected along the southern coast of France on our family holiday. Each time I look at the clock to tell the time it brings back family memories of good times and sunshine!

Do you have a favorite collection of sea washed broken tiles? Plus an old chopping board you don't like? Turn them into a clock! DIY a perfect wall clock #DIYClock #Tileclock #upcycle #cuttingboard

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DIY Cutting Board Clock

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  • Round Bread Board 24.5cm
  • Clock Mechanism – 30cm diameter clock making kit from  ????
  • Rustoleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint – Graphite
  • Pinty Plus Acrylic Flame Red
  • Pinty Plus Basic Satin White
  • Plastic lid measuring 9cm diameter by 16mm deep
  • E6000 glue
  • Broken washed up tiles found on the beach
  • String
  • Drill and drill piece
  • Paint Brush
  • Staple Gun

Measure with a ruler and mark the centre of your plastic lid. I used a quilters ruler and tailors chalk, ensuring the ruler was at the widest point of the circular lid.

Using a wood drill piece carefully drill from the top of the lid a hole for your clock mechanism.

Spray paint your lid. Hold the spray paint 25cm away from the lid, coat evenly with thin layers of spray. You may need 4 coats to gain an even coat.

Spray your clock handles red, ensure you spray both sides.

Ensure your cutting board is clean and dry then paint the edge of the cutting board with a colour which will contrast with your tile pieces. I have used graphite chalk paint from Rustoleum, you may not gain a clear crisp edge due to an uneven surface with lots of cuts in the cutting board over the years.

Optional – if you have letters around the edge of your cutting board you may wish to sand back the chalk paint to reveal the writing.


Create a hanging mechanism on the back of the cutting board. Tie a piece of string, approx. 40cm, in a loop. Stretch tightly across the back of the board and staple gun into place. Alterna,tively you could use a picture hanging set.

Position the tile around the edge of your bread board to mark the times. Once you are happy with the arrangement glue into place with a strong adhesive suitable for stone and tile. I have used E6000.

Insert the battery into your clock mechanism. Add adhesive to the top of the clock mechanism and insert into the plastic lid, the clock handle spindle is pressed through to the front.

Once dry insert a battery, place glue onto the back of the clock mechanism and position on the centre of the bread board. Weight down to ensure a good bind for the glue to adhere.

Insert spray clock handles as per the kit instructions, setting the time as you add the handles.

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Lisa // Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting

Monday 21st of January 2019

I love this idea! I have loads of sea-washed tiles which are so pretty, and this is such a great way to put them on display in a useful way. Love it! One way I love using these tiles are making domino sets! Great work, Vicky! :) Lisa

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