Upcycle a Plain Clock: Put a bird on it!

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Spring time decoupage bird clock - give an old clock a facelift!You know that we have an affinity for revamping old items, especially on a budget. We received an old clock from a friend who was cleaning out her office. She thought maybe we could freshen it up and save it from its boring self. We decoupaged some little birds on it – it is spring after all! As they say in Portlandia, “put a bird on it!”

For this decoupage bird clock you will need:

  • Old ugly clock
  • Screwdriver to dismantle clock
  • Spray paint
  • Bird patterns (we got ours from vector.me)
  • Computer/printer
  • Paper (colored and black)
  • Compass
  • Spray mount
  • X-Acto knife
  • Mod Podge
  • Brush

First you find an old clock laying around. We got lucky and got ours free, but there are always clocks in second hand stores. (get it? “second hand” stores?)

ClockBeforeNext, measure the diameter of the clock and size/position the birds. We used Abode InDesign, but any computer graphic program will work. We positioned the 12, 2, 6 and 9 so that the numbers would be cut out of the birds.


After figuring out the placement, print the pattern onto a piece of white paper. Set aside.


Time to dismantle the clock. All clocks are built differently, but there are usually screws that hold the back and front together. For our clock, we unscrewed the little screws in the back which allowed a ring to pop off on the front. The ring held the glass in. Once the ring came off, the glass popped out and we removed the hands. Put all the little bits in a safe place so they don’t get lost.



Our clock was an unattractive black color with a silver ring. We spray painted it with Rust-Oleum’s Hammered paint, which gives a nice texture that looks like galvanized metal. We protected the face of the clock from getting too much overspray by covering it with a cut circle of paper.


Then we sprayed a couple light coats of the spray paint and let it dry.


Measure the diameter of the clock face, use the compass to transfer the circle onto the colored paper and cut out. We pieced ours in sections to make it easier to work with and to give the illusion that the birds were sitting on telephone lines. (Tip in placing the bird/numbers in the correct spots: before you cover up the original clock face with the colored paper, mark the number positions with blue tape on the clock frame.)

Spread Mod Podge on the back of the colored paper and on the face of the clock. Attach and smooth with your fingers. (Make sure that the original face of the clock is securely fastened to the clock. If it’s not, that means that your new colored paper face will not be securely fastened either. (Learn from our mistakes.) Let it dry.


Apply Mod Podge to the colored paper face. Let it dry.


Lightly spray the back of the bird pattern with spray mount.


Lightly press the pattern down onto the black paper. Carefully cut out the birds and the numbers through both layers of paper.


Carefully peel the paper pattern from the birds.


Apply Mod Podge to the back of the birds, working with one bird at a time.


Place the bird on the face of the clock and apply Mod Podge on top. Repeat with all the birds/numbers.


After it has dried, re-assemble the clock. Ours went back together easily – we didn’t even manage to lose any of the pieces.

Happy spring! And remember – when in doubt, “put a bird on it”!


BirdClock_detailGood luck and let us know if you try this bird clock!

To see more of Heidi’s artwork, visit her at Old Stuff. New Stories.

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