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Wood Button Clock

By: Rebekah Meier for Walnut Hollow

Simple buttons designate the hours in this fun clock craft. Turn any round piece of wood into a clock with the right hardware and a bit of decorative paper or paint.

Wood Button Clock


  • Walnut Hollow® #3526 Round Plate, Basswood
  • Walnut Hollow® #TQ700P Clock Movement with Hands
  • Walnut Hollow® 23092 Designer Series™ Clock Hands
  • Drill with 3/8” drill bit
  • Paint
  • 8”x8” decorative paper
  • 12 buttons
  • Other Supplies: AA battery, brush, glue, paper towel, pliers, ruler, sandpaper, scissors, spray varnish


  1. To change wood surface into a clock, use ruler to determine the center of plate. Use drill with 3/8” drill bit to drill a hole in the center of plate.
  2. To prepare wood for painting, use sandpaper to lightly sand entire wood surface. Remove dust with paper towel.
  3. Use brush to apply paint to entire wood surface. Let dry and apply second coat if necessary. Let dry.
  4. Apply 2-3 coats of spray varnish for a protective finish.
  5. Use scissors to cut a circle from the decorative paper the size of the indented surface of the plate. Use glue to secure paper in place. Use scissors to remove the paper from the clock movement opening.
  6. Attach clock movement to opening according to directions on packaging. Use pliers to tighten hex nut. Attach designer hands. These may be painted, if desired, to coordinate with decorative paper or paint.
  7. Use glue to attach buttons to designate each hour.
  8. Insert AA battery.

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Are you looking for that special clock to put on your wall but just can not find one then the best thing to do is to make one yourself. You can find some of your own wood or check online or hobby shop and does not have to be round. Buy some clock hands or just take pieces off a old clock. I like the buttons for the numbers but you can use anything . It's all up to you. Nice project. Thanks.

i wish you had pictures for every step.

Hi, I think this would look good for all crafters. If you think about it you can replace the buttons with anything that you are into. Quilter, small quilt blocks for the hour, and half place. Baby's room...small baby stuff...the list can go on and on.


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