Upcycled Vinyl Record Clock

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finished clockLooking for a something to do with those old vinyl records? Turn them into a kitchen clock as a special birthday gift for a friend. A real budget-friendly craft that delivers a pleasing end result!


Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: one clock



  1. With a slightly wet brush, paint a thin layer of the white water-based primer over the one side of the record and dry it thoroughly with the hairdryer.
  2. Clean the brush, and then paint a thin layer of flesh-colored acrylic over the same side of the record. Dry with the hairdryer.
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  4. Cut out the different sections from the napkins and decide how they will be arranged on the record. It is best to make a collage, where the different cutouts will overlap with one another, as this creates a more interesting end result.
  5. Remove the bottom layers from all the napkin cutouts.
  6. Put the first cutout in place and paint a substantial amount of Modge Podge over the top of the cutout, so that it will stick to the record. Be careful when doing napkin decoupage, as the napkin can stretch or tear easily. Start painting from the middle of the cutout towards the sides, and work in small triangles. The Modge Podge must only be applied to the top, and must not run underneath the cutout.
  7. Use the hairdryer to dry the cutout.
  8. Repeat steps 5-6 with all the other cutouts, until the collage has been completed. Turn the record around and cut off any pieces of napkin that may protrude over the edge of the record.
  9. napkin images decoupaged in place

  10. Add some color to the design by using the sponge to give the outer edges of the record a wash with the true red acrylic paint. Remember not to use too much paint when using a sponge, as this will cause the paint to smudge. Remove excess paint by dabbing it onto a sheet of newspaper before applying the sponge. Let the paint dry, and then use the sponge to add some antique bronze acrylic paint to the middle of the record.
  11. paint accents added prior to adding numbers
  12. Use the brush again and paint a thin layer of Modge Podge over the record. The Modge Podge will protect the pictures. When applying the first layer of Modge Podge, be careful not to lift the cutouts at the edges when brushing over them with the paint brush.
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  14. Dry the record with the hairdryer.
  15. Repeat steps 9-10 ~ you need to apply at least 4 coats of Modge Podge, but remember that with every layer, the direction in which the Modge Podge is applied, must be changed from horizontal to vertical to horizontal, etc. Also, remember that after every layer of Modge Podge, the record must first be dried thoroughly with the hairdryer.
  16. Add a layer of water-based varnish to the record and dry thoroughly with the hairdryer.
  17. Using strong bonding glue, glue the numbers in position.
  18. Using strong bonding glue again, glue the portrait hook in position on the back of the clockwork and wait for it to dry thoroughly.
  19. Fit the clockwork and the clock hands.

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