Looking for ideas re: repurposing mantel clock

by Cindy
I picked this clock up at a garage sale and it did work for a while. It has only chimed once since I brought it home and now has decided to only run it once in a while. Clock repair is big $$ so I'm not interested in repair. So, I'm looking for ideas for re-using this piece. The reason for buying it was to cover the place on this antique dresser where the mirror would be attached...if I had the mirror. No sentimental value for the clock so I'm open to all ideas. Thanks
  10 answers
  • Z Z on Sep 16, 2015
    Cindy, did you know you can buy inexpensive clock parts to make clocks? You can also use them to repair old clocks. Since it's so neat as a clock, that would be my first choice. Being you're not close to a large city, you could order them online. It won't have the chimes. Though you can buy them too, they are much more expensive. http://www.walnuthollow.com/store/clock-making/movements/
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 16, 2015
    Ok since you do not want to repair the clock my suggestion would be to paint it according to your sense of style and maybe decopoge the outside.
  • Sandra Sandra on Sep 17, 2015
    I agree with Becky. That is a great looking old clock. You could probably keep the face and add a battery pack on the back.
  • Katrina Warren Katrina Warren on Sep 17, 2015
    @Cindy I actually bought a non-working full size grandfather clock at goodwill, I plan to attempt to sculpt a removeable man in the moon type face (where the clock face currently is) decorate it for Halloween with a skeleton sneaking out the door of it, & at Christmas time maybe paint a removable face plate with a scene of Santa flying around the world to deliver packages.... Other times of the year, I will probably have the moon face on it with a mouse sitting next to it. (Hickory Dickery Dock....) Different type clock so probably not much help but thought it might give you a few ideals... Also if you don't care about the clock or it's works, you could take it apart & use the old cogs etc... inside for jewelry making etc....
  • Gwen Crutcher Stace Gwen Crutcher Stace on Sep 17, 2015
    Would make a great photo frame.
  • Joni Renae Skellie Joni Renae Skellie on Sep 17, 2015
    Forgive me for asking a simple question, but did the key come with the clock? This type needs to be wound with a key, usually daily, to keep working. I'm not sure how familiar you are with this type of clock, so if I'm telling you something you already know, just disregard.
    • Cindy Cindy on Sep 17, 2015
      @Joni Renae Skellie Yes, it has a key and I wind it. I'm the only one that keeps up my end of the "I wind and you keep time" bargain!
  • Beverley Holland Beverley Holland on Sep 17, 2015
    My husband went to a craft store and bought the clock kit and installed in ours. We kept the original parts so they can be repaired at a better time. That way the click can keep some of its value as an antique
  • J Robinson J Robinson on Sep 19, 2015
    Why does it have to work? Just set the hands to a time that has a special meaning to you....maybe the time you got married, first met, etc. It's a beautiful old clock; just live with it til it can be repaired (if you still want to!).
  • There are clocks you can buy at Michaels or Joann crafts and place them in the spot. Then the clock would function again. It won't chime, but it'll be functional for telling time.

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 13, 2023

    Depending on how the clock is put together, you might be able to detach the clock face from the outer frame. It may require a screwdriver and some careful prying with a knife but once detached, you’ll have a circular frame for which you can place a picture inside. An unusual frame like this is excellent for adding visual interest versus the typical rectangular frame. If you’ve got more than one clock you’d like to try this to, you can create a collection of circular framed pictures.

    You’ll have to cut your pictures out in a circle, so we recommend getting them printed bigger than you’d normally have so that the important parts are captured in the frame. Use the detached clock face to trace your selection from your photo so that the picture fits perfectly.