Thrift Store Clock to Holiday Décor

Hello lovely Friends! Today I’m sharing a fun thrifty makeover as part of the Christmas Ideas Tour, and as a sweet addition to my Christmas décor.

All this week, my friends have been sharing Christmas ideas to get you pumped for the Holidays. I’ll be sure to post the links to each festive idea at the bottom!

Of course I chose “Thrifty Crafts Thursday” because  you know thrifty is my thang.

I found this clock at the thrift store for $2.50 a little while back:

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I don’t know why but when I saw this clock, I immediately thought Christmas! I thought it could be so cute to replace the clock inside with a pretty Christmas scene.

Easier said than done, my friends.

The space inside was about only about 2″ deep so I was very limited, but I think I managed to make it work:

Turn a thrift store clock into pretty Christmas decor! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Isn’t it sweet? Since the space was not deep at all, not even a bristle brush tree that was at least taller than Mr. Snowman would fit in there. And the Christmas village figures were just too tiny to fill the space properly.

This table and mirror usually sit in the corner to the left of my TV

Here’s what I found to create this one-of-a-kind addition to my Christmas decor:

Turn a thrift store clock into pretty Christmas decor! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

(I also used a hot glue gun and hot glue.)

I started by removing all the clock parts from the inside as well as the glass front. Then I painted the shell in Behr’s Cottage White DIY chalk paint, and waxed it with clear wax. You could just as easily spray prime and paint this if you wanted.

I added the glass back, securing it in place with hot glue:

Use a bead of hot glue to secure the glass back in place.

The tissue paper tree was an ornament that my son made in 2nd grade and it was the perfect size to fit in my little scene. This is also a sweet way to save it! Poor thing, he made me promise not to sell it. I assured him I would never do that.

I made the joy banner with stickers and scrapbook paper scraps (originally from Hobby Lobby), and attached it to the ornament hanger at the top of the tree…

Turn a thrift store clock into pretty Christmas decor! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

The little snowman came from Hobby Lobby also. I hot glued him and the tree to the base, then added Buffalo Snow Flurries (from Michaels).

Turn a thrift store clock into pretty Christmas decor! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Then I hot glued pretty paper to the back,  and covered that with a piece of the stiff backing from a scrapbook paper pad that I cut to fit.

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It was very simple to put together once I decided what to fill it with.

Turn a thrift store clock into pretty Christmas decor! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I found the snowman first. I just thought he was so cute!

Turn a thrift store clock into pretty Christmas decor! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

The little tree ornament had the same glittery sparkle.

This table and mirror usually sit in the corner to the left of my TV

I added the spray (from Michaels) on top to finish it off.

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This would make a great gift idea, filled with photos and mementos as well, don’t you think?

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This table and mirror usually sit in the corner to the left of my TV.  I had been eyeing this mirror at Kirklands for forever, but at $169, it was just more than I wanted to spend. Then at the Haven Blogging Conference this past Summer, I entered to win a $15o Kirkland’s gift certificate and won! I rarely win anything! I knew exactly what I wanted to buy with it. Thank you, Kirklands! 🙂

You can see where it usually lives here in this picture from my Vintage Sign from Fencing post:

Create a sign with these simple instrucitons!

I had to move it to the other side of the TV since we put our tree in that corner. I like how it reflects the light from the window in the kitchen.

This table and mirror usually sit in the corner to the left of my TV

It might just have to stay there after Christmas!

(I’ll be sharing my whole living room decked out for Christmas on Monday woohoo!)

This table and mirror usually sit in the corner to the left of my TV

 

Turn a thrift store clock into pretty Christmas decor! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 

Turn a thrift store clock into pretty Christmas decor! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Hope you enjoyed this fun thrifty Christmas décor idea! I don’t really know what it would be called specifically? It’s a globe, but it’s not a globe. A diorama, like from 7th grade?? What would you call it?

Here are all the creative ideas from this week’s tour! Enjoy!

Monday – Mantels

Petticoat Junktion
My Creative Days
2 Bees in a Pod
Restoration Redoux
Atta Girl Says
Art is Beauty
Cottage at the Crossroads
Housepitality Designs
Shabbyfufu

Tuesday – Tablescapes

Postcards from the Ridge
Town and Country Living
Hunt and Host
Savvy Southern Style
All Things Heart and Home
HighStyle Restyle
This Makes That

Wednesday – Wreaths

Domestically Speaking
Our Southern Home
Mad in Crafts
H2O Bungelow
Sweet Pea
Around The Watts House

Thursday – Thrifty Crafts

Dukes and Duchesses
Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer
Prodigal Pieces
The Interior Frugalista
Cupcakes and Crinoline
Girl in the Garage

I’ll be back tomorrow sharing what I made with these for our GYDO “Thrifty Holiday Projects” theme:

Mason Jar Lid Snowman Ornaments

Update: see this fun and thrifty project here now!

You can also visit my Christmas Home tour here if you like:

Christmas Home Tour 2015 with Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Christmas Home Tour 2015

 

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Comments

  1. I love your site…such a cute idea wasn’t expecting that when I went to the after picture !!! you are so creative !!!!

  2. Such an adorable and very clever idea! I love the way it turned out and especially using your son’s art work.

  3. I love what you did with this clock! Shadow boxes are so much fun and this one is perfect for the holidays! It has been fun touring with you this week!

  4. Your are so clever, Christy! I love how you repurposed this clock into a shadow box. It looks great with your pretty Kirkland’s mirror. And congrats on winning that $150 prize.

  5. This is ADORABLE, Christy! You and I would have so much fun thrifting together singing “Jingle Bells” all the way. 😀

  6. Sue Farmer says:

    Love it!!! And hilarious that your son made you promise not to sell it!! He knows Mommy well.xoxo

  7. So cute Christy.
    Kris

  8. I absolutely love what you’ve done with the clock. I never would have thought of it! Such a cute little craft. Merry Christmas!

  9. This is such a special little box. You’re able to store all of your keepsakes while displaying them. Great repurpose!

  10. What an adorable idea! If I can find something similar, I’m so doing this!!

  11. Maryjean Zajac says:

    what a cute idea! i love the idea of filling with momentos. i just might have to steal your idea and have my grandson make one for his mom (with Nana’s help). now i guess need to score a clock. P.S. i live in the Buffalo area and we don’t have any snow yet. We just might have to get some of that “Buffalo.Snow”! ;))

  12. Very clever! The best part is that you featured your son’s artwork in what will be a family keepsake, which sends a wonderful message to him.

    I hope that you saved the clock-face and mechanism for a steampunk project!

  13. Miguel Franco says:

    Hi Cristy.

    So so so Cute!!!
    I will try this.

    Greetings from Mexico.

  14. That is adorable Christy – how clever you thrifty craft Goddess! I love the vignette you created around it too. The mirror adds so much to the vignette – woot woot on the winnings!

  15. So creative, so cute and so thrifty…simply adorable.

  16. Kris Turner says:

    This is so awesome! I love shadow boxes and this is such a great idea! Thanks so much for the inspiration. Have a blessed and peaceful Christmas!

  17. Simply amazing. You always come up with the best ideas. I come up with the best COPYING of your ideas, LOL. Thank you for the inspiration.
    My big question is: how do you juggle it all? My house goes to pot when I create? Perhaps I am terrible at time management but how do you do it?
    Even if I get one little hint, that would help.
    It looks awesome!
    Rita

    • Ha ha copy away! And don’t let me fool you for one single solitary moment! My house is always a wreck, but I do clean it from top to bottom (everything back in its place) every Monday. I don’t go crazy keeping it picture perfect all week. We LIVE in our house, but on Monday…I know it will be clean again, and that helps me keep my sanity! 🙂

  18. That is just beautiful Christy! I love it…so creative. 🙂

  19. Oh how fabulous!!!….Just love this…Now I will be on the lookout for clocks!!….Yes, would make a great diorama!!

  20. I am continually amazed at the creativity here. Oh My Goodness. I love this. It’s beautiful and such a good way to save your sons’ handiwork. Beautiful!!!

  21. This is so pretty, Christy. I love everything you did with it. One of my son’s picked up a clock similar to this (roadside rescue) and I’ve had it sitting around and could not think of anything to do with it but you totally knocked yours out of the park as usual. Perfect for Christmas.

  22. This is really, really cute!

  23. Hi Christy is so cute ¡¡ very creative. Love it as …ALWAYS¡¡
    I adore your Kirkland mirror ( here in Spain the one I like is about 250$ …. so I decide to made by self one ( very plain 🙁 ) with a rest of a broken door…
    On the other hand each time I see your media Tv cabinet I think is very balanced with the rest . specially after the beach sign ..( dont paint it) , the entire space is really pretty¡¡
    Kisses from Madrid XOXO

  24. Sharon Davidson says:

    I LOVE this clock. My mom has one that does not work so when she is not looking I’ll have to nab it, LOL. Only problem is, will Jack make a paper tree for me, just kidding :-).

  25. Christy, this is genius! I never would have thought to do that!
    CLEVER GIRL!
    Hugs,
    Karin

  26. Marilyn Stein says:

    I have had a very similar clock case, also painted white and distressed, hanging in the hallway for many years now. My mother collected gnomes, and I created the case to display a few that were her favorites. My case is totally open with just the wall at the back, but I think now I will consider enclosing it like you did. Not only would it be pretty, but it would solve the dusting problem! Thanks for another great idea!

  27. Very cute make-over. I love that you looked at that clock and knew exactly what you wanted to do with it. You have a wonderful eye; which was very evident in your shopping video the other day. I love your blog and always look forward to creativeness.

  28. You come up with the best ideas. I would never have thought of doing that. So cute!

  29. Genius Christy! Love what you did with that clock!

  30. Ok you are just way to clever!! I only see a clock when I look at it. You could see past the obvious.
    I’m just not crafty. Well done

  31. You always have the best ideas Christy. I love that this is such a unique way to share a special treasure from your little. Great job!!!

  32. This is adorable, Christy! Basically, this is now an upscale SHADOW BOX FRAME, right!?! OMG! The endless possibilities! Absolutely love it! So glad I found your site. Thanks for sharing with all of us!

  33. Christy is so adorable! I love it, what a great way to display treasures.

    Chris

  34. All right, now I’m just getting jealous! 😉 That is fantastic. You are so talented at finding great stuff, and a genius at the transformations, my friend!

  35. Love love love it!! It is a gift you have to be able to see what it can be done with a thrift find like that, it turn out so pretty! Your boy made me laugh when telling you not to sell it haha!
    I would love if you share it with us at the party we host each Tuesday which is called Two Uses Tuesday.
    Happy Holidays!!

  36. Love it, but I am a clock girl so I would have loved the white frame for the clock too!!

  37. Thanks to “Better After” I now have a new blog to follow so I suppose I should say “thank you” to both of you! I love this idea and its possible applications to other items we might have around the house. And, for someone who doesn’t have a lot of room for Christmas decorations it packs a lot of Christmas punch!

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