Manual Clock Made From Scraps

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August 20, 2021

The completed clock.My eldest is having a hard time reading time in an analogue clock. I found a paper plate under my desk and came up with the idea of making a manual clock where I could teach him how to read time.


All materials used in this craft are scraps. Instead of throwing them away, I made it into something useful.


  • Print out numbers
  • Paper plate
  • 2 pcs fastener
  • foam pad or paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Tape
Supplies for the manual clock.


  1. Cut the tips of the two fasteners. One should be longer than the other. I used clippings from a foam board to form tips of an arrow and attached it to both cuts.
  2. Two different colored arrows for the clock.
  3. Then I rolled another strip of foam clippings and inserted it inside the holes of the fastener to put them together like this. It will be easier if you have a single hole fastener
  4. A small piece of foam.
    Attaching the clock hands together.

  5. Poke the center of the paper plate with a pen.
  6. Making a hole in the center of a plate.
  7. Attach the fasteners into the plate by inserting the tip of the foam into the hole.
  8. Attaching the hands to the center of the plate.
  9. Tape the back portion to secure.
  10. Taping the hands on the back.
  11. Start cutting out the numbers and glue them in place.
  12. Adding the numbers to the clock face.
  13. I marked 5,10,15.. below and added foam strips to mark the minutes. Then it's ready.
  14. Adding small colored marks for the minutes.

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