Shabby Chic Picture Frame Clock

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January 13, 2021

A decorative clock in a frame.The cost of this project was only $2.75 (for a used picture frame) because I used up craft supplies I already had on hand.


Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1


  • 1 picture frame (picture frame without glass, or shadow box or one with depth works best)
  • contact paper or scrapbook paper for back
  • clock fixture
  • clock face (I used a template printed from computer)
  • various embellishments
  • hot glue gun
  • Elmer's glue
  • wood glue
  • drill
  • craft glue
A square framed picture.
Supplies for making a Shabby Chic Picture Frame Clock


  1. Because I chose to keep the glass on this picture frame, we needed to add more depth to the frame to allow room for the depth of the clock fixture. Another alternative would be to use a picture frame without glass and to skip this step. First, we glued the glass to the picture frame using Elmer's glue. Then, we cut out a square from plywood to fit around the perimeter of the picture frame. Glue scrapbook paper or use contact paper to decorate the back of the frame. (Note the added depth of the frame similar to a shadow box picture frame.)
  2. The frame filled with a piece of decorative paper.
    The empty wooden frame.
    The back of the wooden frame.
    A decorative piece of paper.
    An empty wooden frame with glass.

  3. Place the clock face (free downloadable templates online) on the front side of the back piece. Mark a hole where the middle of the clock should be and then drill the hole. Attach the clock fixtures to the front and back and add the clock hands.
  4. A round clock face.
    Shabby Chic Picture Frame Clock
    The clock movement on the back of the frame.
    The clock face on a decorative background.
  5. Using your embellishments, plan the placement of the decor. I pre-planned placement of the decor and took a picture to refer to the placement so that when I removed the items to glue into place I would remember how I had placed them. I used craft glue and a hot glue gun to glue the embellishments, depending on the thickness of the item. To hang on the wall, drill two holes in the back of the picture frame so that it can be hung with nails.
  6. Close up of the decorative touches on the clock.
    Close up of the decorative touches on the clock.
    Close up of the decorative touches on the clock.

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