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MDF Clock

I love using MDF as my base for my craft projects, whether it be a mixed media piece or some wall art, there’s no limits to what you can do with a piece of MDF. I had a few larger pieces of MDF in my stash, so I thought, why not make a clock. You only need a few bits n bobs and you’re good to go and the beauty of making your own is that you can make it to suit the room you’re going to hang it in. - by Louise Dunbar

  • Home Crafts
  • 1-2 hours
  • Intermediate

You will need:

  • An MDF shape
  • ADrill bit and battery drill
  • Some card stock which is bigger than your MDF
  • A pencil
  • Number die or MDF Numbers
  • Dreamees Peach kisses paper pad
  • Glue
  • Clock mechanism
  • Material to decorate (this can be anything you like, ink, paint, patterned card stock, wallpaper sample – let your imagination go wild really)


  • 1a

    Take your chosen piece of MDF, whether it’s a square shape or circle or something else and lay it down on top of a piece of card stock which is bigger than the MDF all round. Trace round the shape using a pencil.

    Now you’ll need to find the centre of the MDF, to do this, (if using a square) mark a faint line from one corner to the opposite corner, then from the other corner to the opposite corner, where the lines meet should be the centre of the MDF, mark this with a dot. Do the same and mark the lines onto the card stock that you traced round, but when you draw the lines, draw then bigger than the traced image so that the lines overhang the shape. Mark the horizontal lines as well. If using a circle shape, do the same but draw the lines from the widest points across and horizontally on the shape, again, mark the centre point and do the same markings on the card stock underneath.

  • 1b

  • 2a

    Now it’s time to drill the hole into the centre for your clock mechanism to fit through. My suggestion is to start off smaller than you think you’ll need the hole to be, if you go to big to start with the mechanism will be too loose, plus you’re less likely to split the MDF.

  • 3a

    I chose to decorate my base with a wallpaper sample, but you could use anything you like really, paint, inks, patterned cards stock, whatever you wish. So what ever you decide to do, make sure you stick it down flat, get rid of any air bubbles and let it dry before trimming off any excess. When dry, you’ll also need to poke the hole through where you drilled.

  • 4a

    Place your MDF on top of the card stock that you traced, you should now be able to see the lines showing over the MDF, this will let you now line up where your numbers should go. You can do all the numbers, or you could do just the main ones.

  • 4b

    I only used 12, 3, 6 and 9. The lines allowed me to use these as guides and line them up correctly without having to draw over my design. I used MDF numbers, but you could die cut these out if you don’t have MDF ones.

  • 4c

    I also used some guilding wax over my numbers to tie in with the design of the wallpaper. Glue your numbers in place using a strong glue, like book binding glue. Set aside to dry.

  • 4d

  • 4e

  • 5

    Now to add your clock mechanism, push it through the hole and tighten into place. Now add the battery, set the time and hang in place.