Make an Antique Mirror Clock With Only $20

Hayley Sauceda
by Hayley Sauceda
9 Materials
2 Hours

During one of my many weekly Hobby Lobby jaunts, I found these gorgeous clock hands for $9. ($5 with that handy-dandy 40% off coupon!) And they gave me an idea! I had an unused glass table top that I decided to transform into an antique clock. Although lets be honest, I was leaving Hobby Lobby with an idea one way or another. Who doesn't?

What you need:

Round glass table top

Clock hands

Krylon's Looking Glass

Any Black Spray Paint

Black acrylic paint

Water spray bottle



Step One:

Clean the round piece of glass very well with some rubbing alcohol.

Step Two:

Spray water on the glass, making sure to have lots of droplets.

Step Three:

On top of the droplets, spray your Looking Glass spray paint. This dries very fast, so make sure it's an even coat! Any thin spots can look funky in the end.

Step Four:

After it dries, start dabbing the droplets with a paper towel to make the antique effect!

Step Five:

Spray one layer black paint over all of this.

Step Six:

Use your stencils to paint on your clock numbers (mine were reusable sticky stencils, they cost slightly more but they're definitely worth it!)

Step Seven:

Use a q-tip to apply E6000 your clock hands to the center. You could make this an actual functional clock, Hobby Lobby has everything you need for that. But I decided to make this a piece of art. The clock hands pointing to 8-17 (my anniversary).

And that's it! A super quick project, it only took me about 2 hours to finish this project, and it's a really nice sentimental piece. (If anyone has tips for photographing mirrors please let me know in the comments!)

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  • Terrie Richard Terrie Richard on Sep 19, 2021

    Where do I find a round piece of glass?

  • Char Char on Nov 08, 2021

    Love the look. How did you hang it? I'd be so scared it would fall and break.

  • LibraryKAT LibraryKAT on Aug 30, 2022

    You did a beautiful job and it looks great BUT it would have been helpful if you had included pictures of what the back side looks like and how you hung it. It doesn't appear to stand out too much from the wall, but must at least a bit to accommodate the clock mechanism. I had thought you could use glass mounts, but not with the glass standing away from the wall. Perhaps the clock mechanism has a hanging function? Thanks for sharing. :-)

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  • JUNG JUNG on Oct 14, 2022

    So its not a working clock then? As no drilling of holes as its tempered glass and would smash onto a thousand bits 😬

    • Plantation Pandemonium Plantation Pandemonium on Aug 22, 2023

      There are drillbits for glass and ceramic. Look it up on youtube, and I'm sure you'll find a thousand tutorials.

  • JUNG JUNG on Aug 22, 2023

    No. Under no circumstances can tempered glass, used in the construction of shower doors and enclosures, be cut or drilled. Tempered glass would shatter completely if any attempt is made to cut or drill it.