Make Your Own Photo Wall Clock!

OMG! Make your own clock from any photo! www.abeautifulmess.comDIY Photo Wall Clock! 1I don’t know why, but I always had the impression that making a DIY clock would be really tedious and stressful. Boy was I wrong! This cute, customized photo clock is simple to make in about an hour. Really! It’s that easy. You’re going to love it. The idea was a perfect fit for our collaboration with Canon USA, so we used our MG6320 to print that adorable pug picture.

Supply list: Canon Semi-Gloss Photo Paper Plus, glue, clock kit, nail polish, X-Acto knife

DIY Photo Wall Clock! 2Step 1. Print your favorite front facing photo! Be sure to choose a photo that will look nice when cut into a silhouette and will end up 6-8 inches wide.

DIY Photo Wall Clock! 3DIY Photo Wall Clock! 4Step 2. Once printed, glue your photo onto some foam board that is at least an 1/8-inch thick and use an X-Acto knife to cut out the face.

DIY Photo Wall Clock! 5Step 3. Customize the clock arms with nail polish!

DIY Photo Wall Clock! 5DIY Photo Wall Clock! 5
Step 4: Assemble the clock. Cut a small hole in the middle of your pet’s face and follow the instructions to mount your clock kit (you are just inserting your pet’s face where the clock face would usually go). Cut out four small paper dots and glue the dots onto the clock to indicate the noon, three, six, and nine o’clock positions.

DIY Photo Wall Clock! 8 OMG! Make your own clock from any photo!
All done! Isn’t it the cutest? You can use any photo to create this fun and easy clock. These make great gifts! Do you think you’d enjoy making your own?

xoxo. Elsie + Emma

  • This is so much beautiful clock i must be buy this clock as soon.

  • So adorable and easy to make! Can I ask where u got that blue nail polish? Thx!

    xoxo Jesse

  • Hehe so sweet! I think I might try this with my children’s faces for their rooms! Another inspiring idea from ABM 🙂

  • LOVE this idea! Just finished my version of this project – I used Grumpy Cat’s face! My next task is to make a clock using each of my three dog’s faces 🙂

  • This is fun and I am definitely doing this with my bunny and puppy, however, I can’t keep from loling at “Cut a small hole in the middle of your pet’s face” that could definitely be taken out of context in a bad way!

  • Such a cool and cute idea! I’ll have to try this. –

  • Wow! I love it! I did it with a flower skull but it’s difficult to put the clock behind in the right position haha

  • Oops typo in my comment – I was trying to say we could NOT just run out to the store to get the mechanical portion of the clock.

  • This post brought a (happy) tear to my eye. It reminded me of when my sister and I were little, our grandfather would help us make clocks out of old records. We were living in Turkey at the time, so we could to just run to the store to pick up the mechanical portion of the clock, so my sister and I would pillage our house, our grandparents’ house, and of course willing neighbors’ homes (you could run around without supervision) to find old clocks that my sweet grandfather would then dismantle and then attach to the record. We would then decorate the face of the clock how we pleased – there were so many lying around our house and given away as gifts, we must have made at least a dozen! I think that project came to an end once our father discovered we had used one of his beloved albums (might have been a Beatles record – YIKES!) Oh, what fun we would have. I miss him.

  • Such a great idea! I’ve seen the stuff to make a clock at Hobby Lobby but never thought about using a photo to create a base! I love it. I think I may make one for a friend for christmas of her dog! Thank you for the idea!

  • Ahhh that’s so adorable! 🙂 Will definitely give them a try.

  • THIS IS SO CUTE. I liked this so much that i ran to the store and bought a clock kit…I am now the proud owner of a boston terrier and a matching clock <3

  • Jen, We bought our kit at Hobby Lobby. Any craft store will have them (in the wood section) or you can look on Amazon. XOXO! Elsie

  • These are SO fun! Im going to have to make one of these for my daughters room!

  • The pug clock is so cute! I might have to give this a go, probably with a similar pug picture…

    Laura x

  • I NEED to save this idea for when I get my own pug! I love this!!!!! Until then.. I might have to make a clock out of something else. ^.^ I’m just trying to figure out where I can get a clock kit though. /:

    x Sara from

  • Aw this is so cute! Such a good idea too 🙂


  • Haha these made me chuckle. Would love to make one of my dog! Awesome idea.

  • this is such a cute idea — I would love to do this with a pic of my little doxie! xo

  • Ahhh so cute!!! I’ll be saving this project to make a clock of my beautiful kitty, so cool x

  • I didn’t realise making a personalised clock would be so easy either! I must give this a go now!! Thanks for the brilliant idea ♥

  • This is a brilliant idea! Love the cat face!

  • Absolutely love this!! Especially the neon clock hands.

  • This is a great DIY, it looks so cute! But I’ve only one question, where can you buy a clock kit?

  • Lovely! Did you know those little clock hand sets also fit through the centre of a CD or DVD? We just printed the photos on labels and then stuck those to the old discs – usually free ones that fall out of newspapers around Christmas time – and they make great personalised frugal gifts. 🙂

  • This DIY is very funny and easy!!!

  • Haha! So this is what you were up to the other day! Loving the cat face clock and would look purrfect in my craft corner! I’m off to buy some supplies! 🙂

    Lulu xx

  • this is adorbs! the pug is too cute to handle.

    – Janine

  • I remember doing this in art class when I was younger but instead of the photo, we made something out of clay and placed the clock there. I had totally forgotten about that until this post. Thanks for sharing.

  • WOW this is such a brilliant idea! No idea where I can buy myself a clock kit but i’m guessing they’re not too expensive? I can’t wait to try it out!

  • Those clocks seems amazing, surprisingly easy, and so cute! I’ve always wanted to make DIY clocks, I just never know where to buy the clock kit 🙂 Love the idea!

  • What a brilliant idea!!!
    Thank you for sharing!
    I might try to do one for my sister and mother in law for christmas!

  • This is such a fun, and extremely brilliant idea! xxx

  • Oh my god I love it! Just ordered a clock set…or two x

  • My brother would love one of these! My whole family, really. And the best part is, they each have a different pet that I could make one of. I think I see a little something coming their way this Christmas. 🙂

  • I love this!! And oh the gifts I could give. 🙂 I take a lot of photographs of flowers, so I’m thinking…clock wall garden? Hmmm…Thanks for sharing this…I have a feeling it might save me some Christmas shopping money this year!!

  • Clocks are so much fun to make! These are super cute too! I can’t believe I’ve never thought to use nail polish on the clock hands for a pop of colour! 🙂

  • This is so awesome! I’m buying all the supplies after work tomorrow!!!

  • I love this project so much. I can’t wait to make it for my sister for her birthday!

  • Michelle, Hey! We didn’t use a sealer and I wouldn’t recommend one unless you are afraid it will get extremely dusty in a certain area. If you do use a sealer, I would recommend a spray sealer from an art store.

  • You girls come up with the craziest, neatest DIYs!! This is so clever!


  • These are so so so cute! I want to make one of my puppy!


  • So cute! And I think I actually own that same Claire’s neon nail polish haha.


  • How fun! What a cute idea! And what cute faces hanging on that wall! 😉

  • Oh my goodness this is way cute! I love it! The nail polish trick is ingenious! Might have to make one for my brother!

    xo, Juliette Laura

  • So cute! I’d LOVE to do this with my dog’s face. Would you recommend using some sort of sealer on the picture?

  • It’s so funny that you posted this because I was just thinking about making a clock incorporating my dogs. You just took all the guesswork out for me! Thanks ladies!

    P.S. Can I tell you how obsessed I am with neon yellow/green with gray? OBSESSED!

  • They are like the cutest things ever! I’d love to have a crack at making some! 🙂
    Amy |

  • These are unbelievably cute and funny. I love this DIY! xx

  • This is a super awesome idea. I’m going to do this with a photo of my cat’s face. How cute!

  • I have a pug and I’m not crafty – but I totally want to make this clock. Very cute and clever!

  • I actually bought a clock kit a year ago but never ended up making anything with it. I had this elaborate plan for a cool geo-shaped clock similar to the one listed below but could only think of complicated ways to make it (think wood + a wood burning kit). I don’t know why I never thought about drawing it in Illustrator and just printing it out. GENIUS.

    Thanks ladies!!

  • Ah! This is such a cute idea!! I want to make a bunch of clocks now 🙂

  • Ohhhhh my gosh. This is the greatest thing ever! You have no idea how excited I am to try it. Thanks for posting!

  • Those are hilarious! I can just imagine it in my boy’s room! He’d love them!

  • Ha! These are so cute! I’d love to try this out. Where can you find these clock kits?


  • This is amazing! Now I’ll have to make one to hang in every room in my house! And my office…


  • These are so fun! I think I made a clock with a kit for a school art project but I love the simple addition of painting the clock hands, makes it so bright and cheery

  • Extreme excitement happening right now. I love this idea!! so cute.

  • I don’t even have a pet and I want one.

    Kristina does the Internets

  • These are great. My sister-in-law just paid $80 for a similar clock. Nice to know it is easy to DIY!

  • Oooh this is so cute! I see definite gift-making potential. And that pup is adoooorable!

    Xo, Lily on Fillmore

  • This is hilarious!!!
    Also: I love your blog. Simply put, it’s ace, ladies. Number one. Just awesome.

  • I would love to make these with my two cats faces! My husband wouldn’t be too thrilled though.

  • That is such a COOL idea, I LOVE it! Especially the dog clock, it’s adorable! And there are so many different images you could use, so versatile 🙂

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