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Crate and Barrel Knockoff Clock


Love the look of Crate?  With this crafty Crate and Barrel Knockoff Clock, you can make your very own handmade wall clock that mirrors the famous large print clock from Crate and Barrel.  This is a great way to get the look you love for less!

Crate and Barrel Knockoff Clock


  • Old clock and tools to take it apart
  • Paint color of your choice
  • Masking tape
  • Silhouette machine, or very large paper numbers
  • White vinyl
  • Spray paint (optional)



  1. First I took apart my original clock. I just looked for any screw that seemed like it was holding the thing together and unscrewed. I removed the back which allowed me to remove the copper ring around the front, which allowed me to pry the glass off and get to the clockface. I wanted to remove the paper that was the current clockface, but it was glued on really well so I just decided to paint it right there.

    Create and Barrel Clock
  2. I didn’t have aqua paint, so I just mixed some baby blue with spring green and it made the perfect color. I used masking tape to cover the clock’s hands and then I started painting the face. I waited until each coat was completely dry before painting over the previous coat and it took me 4 or 5 coats.
  3. Using my Silhouette, I cut out very large (like 700 pt font!) numbers on white vinyl. I used the pink tip on heavy cardstock setting. The program suggests using the yellow tip and their vinyl setting, but it didn’t work for me…the numbers weren’t cut all the way through. I used vinyl purchased from Expressions Vinyl (and of course if you don’t have a cutting machine you can just free hand cut or use and exacto-knife).
  4. When you're done, put the clock back together! I had used my trusty metallic silver Krylon spray paint to spray the copper ring silver.

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