This is my second faux clock to make and I don’t know what I love more… the fact that I was able to make a clock out of thin air OR the cost was almost zip!  The first clock I made was over six feet tall.  It was for my sister, or, well… I was at her house, I made it, and there was no way to get it to my house in Canada so… I made it for my sister.  It was one of those “I need to create something” projects and I did and I hope you will, too. 🙂



  • Foam board or really serious cardboard
  • Tape, I go through packing tape like a baby goes through diapers
  • Pool noodle
  • Newspaper
  • White glue watered down to the consistency of whole milk
  • Plastic bat
  • Glass gems
  • Nail polish
  • Sandpaper
  • Plastic spiders
  • Acrylic paint
  • Straight pins
  • Dish cloth or hand towel
  • Cheesecloth
  • Hot glue
  • Two pieces of Dry Foam
  • Plastic skull … or is it REAL?!?!?!?!
  • Small paperback book


  • Knife
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sponge paintbrush
  • Bowl for glue
  • Scissors

browneyed think


Step 1

This might be the hardest part, decide how you want your clock to look.  For this clock I wanted it to look like a headstone so the clock itself would be sort of plain and I’d go all out on the details.

My suggestion is keep your first clock simple so that you don’t get discouraged and back over it with your car.  Not that YOU would do that or any sane human being would… just saying…


Step 2

Your clock is like a house, it needs a foundation, four walls and a roof.

  • Cut out 2 each of the walls and foundation of your clock.  If you want your clock to have a bigger foundation cut more, I won’t tell! (Image 1)
  • Tape the sides together as seen below in Image 2.
  • Tape the foundation pieces together. (Image 3)
  • Attach the walls to the base with a few pieces of tape. (Image 4)

I used pool noodles for the columns on my clock.  In the past I have used rolled up poster board and that worked just fine, too.

  • Measure, cut and attach the pool noodles to the walls of your clock with tape. (Images 5 & 6)
  • And finally, to make it look a little less boring I added 1″ strips to the inside of the face to give it dimension. (Images 7 & 8)

Note: You are probably noticing that I didn’t use a imagelot of tape to hold these parts together.  The tape isn’t what will ultimately hold the clock together, the glue and newspaper will.  The main reason is that we’re moving and I didn’t want my helpful husband to be all, “Where’s the packing tape, what did you do with the packing tape?!”  



Step 3

  • Paint a small area of the clock with the glue mixture and apply some strips of newspaper.  (Image 9)
  • Paint more glue on top of them and repeat this until your clock base is covered with the newspaper.  I did two layers without letting it dry between layers.
  • Allow to dry overnight. (Image 10)

Step 4

  • For texture I covered the base using bronze tissue paper using the Tissue Treatment. (Image 11)
  • I wanted several different textures so I “tissued” the face of the clock using several layers of cheapie dinner napkins and painting it grey while it was still wet. (Images 12, 13 & 14)
  • The clock face was created by cutting a round shape out of foam board and covering it with tissue, too. (Image 15)
  • To make the clock face rough and interesting I wadded up tissue in several areas. (Images 16 & 17)

Step 5

While waiting for the clock face to dry I drank coffee and did some prep work…

  • I covered a plastic bat with bronze tissue paper. (Image 17)
  • I like to paint my plastic spiders with acrylic paint and while they’re still wet I sprinkle them with salt so that they don’t look so… plastic.  And yes, I really do this. (Images 18 & 19)
  • Again, looking for texture, I cut the hands out sandpaper and painted them. (Image 20)
  • I tissued and painted the plastic skull.

Step 6

I dry brushed the entire clock with shades of grey, about 3, not 50, but still let the bronze show through in areas.  My money is on you being a far better painter than I am so you can do your own thing with your clock.  😉


Step … 82, or it feels like it…

  • To keep the book open I hot glued the pages open using my curling iron.  I CAUGHT YOU!!!  I used my hot glue gun… seriously, is anyone even reading this??? 🙁
  • I then painted it with full strength glue (Image 21) and while it was still wet I hot glued that sucker to the top of the headstone.
  • After it dried I hot glued the skull that I prepared up in Step 63 to the center of the book and painted it.  The book, not the skull, it was already painted. (Image 22)
  • I added glass gems to the clock face that I painted the backs of with glittery, red nail polish.  I then added tissue around the edges to make it look like it belonged there.  For added fun, I painted white glue over the top of it and then scraped part of it off with my fingernail after it dried.  It looks really creepy that way, just sayin.
  • I hot glued the hands of the clock to 2:55am, just before 3:00am when demons and ghosts are said to appear.
  • I used a boat load of hot glue to hold it into place.
  • I then added the bat and first spider.

Okay… pay attention because this is kinda tricky…

  • I cut a length of pool noodle in half lengthwise and then cut out a wedge.  (Image 23)
  • I then glued the piece from each end of the wedge on the top of the clock and in front of the clock.
  • Next I glued the wedge back into where it had originally been.  This still left a small gap and I cut yet another wedge and filled up the gap.
  • I cut a second length of pool noodle in 1/4 lengthwise and did the same thing beside the first one. (Image 24)
  • Next, I folded and cut the dish towel (Image 25) and stuck some straight pins in it and into the pool noodles to hold it in to place. (Image 26)

I used a black dishtowel so that it would add depth to my drape.  It worked beautifully, go figure!

  • Okay, with the dishtowel not going anywhere, I added a few drops of black paint to the leftover glue from Step 3 and soaked the cheesecloth in it.  Next I squeezed out most of the glue… (Image 27) and draped it over the dishtowel and tacked it in place with a few more straight pins. (Image 28)
  • To avoid drips I placed a plastic bag under the cheesecloth at the base of the clock. (Image 29)
  • While the cheesecloth was still wet I added some more black paint to the glue mixture and painted inside the folds of the drape. (Images 30 & 31)
  • After that I added fixed myself a stiff drink and relaxed while my almost finished clock dried.

Step who cares because we’re almost done!

After the drape had dried completely I added spider webs and another spider.




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