Time for a good book!
Ha. ha. :o)
I finally found something to do with (one of) the ancient books that my husband brought home from the "office". A clock! I love this, because I'm a little obsessed with clocks, and am working on a cool-clock collection.
All you have to do, is start with an inexpensive clock from the dollar store or Wal-mart, a pretty book, and an exacto knife.
Take the "guts" out of the clock....Drill a hole in the center of your book cover (or wherever you want the hands to be) that is wide enough for the piece that holds the hands to go through. If you don't have a drill, you can probably start it with your knife, and then push a pen through or something!
Place the clock motor on the front page of the book and trace it. Then carve a hole in the pages, as far down as your motor is thick. Don't worry, the edges don't have to be smooth!
Place the clock motor inside....
Close the book cover, and snap the hands on to the piece sticking through.
Add some pearls or gems to the hands if you're feeling fancy!
I love this idea! I've been thinking of a way to make a clock for my family room. I won't be using this idea because I don't have a cool, old book like that. However, your clock is just lovely.ReplyDelete
I saw this in a Better Homes magazine a few years ago and I'm totally making one for my mom for Christmas! -KelseeReplyDelete
What a great idea for one of my husbands many old books. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
What a great tutorial - makes it look super easy!ReplyDelete
Awesome job Disney! I LOVE this!! It's so classy.ReplyDelete
That is brilliant. I've got to try that. Thanks!ReplyDelete
They sell clock kits at Michaels and Walmart so you do not have to use the parts from a ready made clock. (other craft store probably sell them also)ReplyDelete
cool! super creative, as always!ReplyDelete
How adorable!!! I'm not sure if you have a Barnes & Noble..but they have the Jane Austin books in the $5.00 section right now...the covers are hardback and very pretty...perfect for a little (or big) girl's room! :)ReplyDelete
What a great idea (my husband and I both LOVE books)!ReplyDelete
Also, thanks for the link!
Very cool idea Disney!ReplyDelete
So beautiful! I'll have to try it soon.ReplyDelete
That's amazing. I love it. It brings my love for old books and clocks together. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
You my dear are so clever! I love it! xxReplyDelete
As an avid book reader and bookseller, this post speaks so much to my heart. I'm definitely going to borrow this idea. Our house feels empty of clocks with a surplus of books. Time to shift things around.ReplyDelete
That's going on my list to make for Christmas gifts-- I have a couple of book-lovers I know it'd be perfect for!ReplyDelete
I have an old book almost just like that one (bought a thrift store recently). Thanks for this awesome idea!ReplyDelete
Oh. My. Gosh. You've thought of everything. This would be cool in a child's room...HmmmmmmReplyDelete
WONDERFUL idea! I've been looking around for a clock for my craft room, but I will definitely design this one instead! Thanks for the inspiration! Well done. Cheers, JulieReplyDelete
I love this! I need to find a great old book!ReplyDelete
OMG. THAT is awesome.ReplyDelete
This looks great! Highly impressive!ReplyDelete
Looks WONDERFUL! I LOVE old books and old clocks too!ReplyDelete
oh wow. i love that. that is just too cool.ReplyDelete
WONDERFUL idea! Super:)ReplyDelete
Fabulous! Quite ingenious! Please keep giving us your ideas, they are great for the season. Pretty money-reasonable, as well. Thx, MariaReplyDelete
I found an old enclopedia, that I think will be great. thanks for the ideaReplyDelete
Thanks for the inspiration. I actually finished a project for once! I posted it on my blog if you'd like to see my version.ReplyDelete
Genius! I have an old copy of Huckleberry Finn that I want to do this with! Very cool idea.ReplyDelete
LOL I am sitting here, grinning and thinking : WHAT an idiotic idea, but I LOVE it, lol. It is SO simple but adorable, and I am just jealous that I never thought about this ♥♥ReplyDelete
I LOVE this book idea... Who would had ever thought this could be done so easily? Great Job!!!ReplyDelete
I finally got around to making a book clock-- you can see my post about it here: http://inthemomzone.blogspot.com/2009/11/timely-craft.htmlReplyDelete
Thanks for the inspiration-- I credited to you and linked to your post.
Ack! I have to say though it is a cute idea- any person who loves old books would be horrified to see an old book's cover destroyed like that!ReplyDelete
omg. this is so amazing. it is adorable, and i cannot wait to make this myself!ReplyDelete
This is a beautiful idea. I was searching for a book clock for my best friend's birthday (she works in publishing), and there was nothing on ebay...then I found your site in a google search and hit the jackpot! I bought a hardcover book from an op shop and the clock bits and made it over the weekend. It looks amazing, thank you so much for the idea and instructions.ReplyDelete
A hint for anyone without a ancient looking hardcover book - just sand back a newer one in places to give it a worn look, rubbing a bit harder along the spine to pull the material away for the torn effect. It worked for me, because I didn't have enough time to search for an authentically old book :)
Be VERY VERY careful with doing this to old books.ReplyDelete
A friend of mine ruined a 1st edition gone with the wind, worth thousands doing this
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For a bookworm, this clock is so amazing! I love that you used an old clock. Now to hit up used bookstores to see if I can make a book clock!ReplyDelete
This is fantastic. Thank you.ReplyDelete