Make a Cool Retro Clock from a Vinyl Record

Record Clock w FilterYou can make this cool retro clock from a vinyl record and an old clock. If you don’t have the components at home, you can find a great selection of records and clocks at your favorite Goodwill of Orange County store.

It’s fun to make custom accessories from common Goodwill finds. Why not make a few extra to give as gifts? Everyone who saw these Retro DIY Clocks just loved them!

  • Vinyl record
  • A battery operated clock. Flip it over and make sure it has a mechanism with a battery slot that is held in by screws. The clock should have hands for hour, minute, and seconds.
  • A new battery to fit in the clock’s mechanism
  • A numbering system – I used stencils and a paint pen, but you could also use scrapbook paper, stickers, or paint.
  • Screwdriver

record clock step 1Step 1: Position your numbers around the record to spread them out evenly, just like a clock. I used a new pack of stencils and just used the cutouts.

stencil record clockStep 2: Use your stencil and paint pen to outline and fill in your numbers.

finished stencil record clockStep 3: Paint Pens dry fast, but still give it about 20 minutes to fully dry so that you don’t accidentally smear the paint.

assembling an old clockStep 4: Take apart the clock so that you can get to the clock mechanism. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws from the back of the clock. You should be left with three hands (second, minute, hour) and the back plate.

Note: Be careful when removing the hands as they are easily bendable. If you do bend them, just carefully bend them back.

clock added to recordStep 5: Insert the clock mechanism into your vinyl record. Try to screw it in, rather than jam it in. If the hole is too small for the mechanism you have, use a drill bit to make the hole bigger.

Record Clock finishedStep 6: Put the hands back on, put the battery in, and stand back and admire your DIY vinyl record clock!

Feel good about shopping and supporting Goodwill! Your purchases and donations help support Goodwill’s programs and services which provide job and employment training to people with disabilities or barriers in Orange County.

This project was created by Adrianna of More With Less Today.

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  1. […] Looking for a fun craft to make this weekend? Check out this cool retro clock that Adrianna made for Goodwill of Orange County .  […]

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