Upcycle a Clock into a Picture Frame

Upcycle a Clock into a Picture Frame

Do you have an electric clock that stopped working?  Yes? Well, I’m here to show you how to upcycle a broken electric clock into a picture frame.   Hi, Pretty Handy Girl readers, it’s Julie from Love My Simple Home and I can’t wait to share this upcycling idea with you. This awesome marble clock has been with me for years. When it stopped working I decided to upcycle it into this chic picture frame.


  • Old clock
  • Photograph
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Painter’s Tape or Masking Tape
  • Gold Spray Paint
  • Double Sided Tape


The first thing you need to do is remove the electric wire (unless your clock is battery-powered).

Using a screwdriver, gently pry off the back plate.

Remove the clock mechanism and lay it on a flat surface.

Remove the wire caps, then disconnect the wires by twisting them apart. Pull the cord through the hole where the clock was and then through the back plate.

This leaves you with an empty hole to use as a picture frame.

The rim around the clock will be used for the frame.

Flip the clock upside down and use pliers to detach the metal case where the parts of the clock are housed.

After the clock mechanism is removed use a screwdriver to pry apart the circular rim.  (Optional: spray paint the rim any color you want.)

Select a treasured photo and hold it up to the back of the clock frame.

Before you tape the photograph, test how you want the picture to show in the cutout of the frame. Using painter’s tape or masking tape, secure the photo to the back of the frame.

Cover the back of the photograph with a piece of cardstock using double sided tape.

Place the rim back into the front of the clock frame.

And you have a beautiful new picture frame from an upcycled clock.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Hop on over to my blog for more upcycling ideas!
~ Read more of Julie’s Tutorials ~


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3 replies
  1. Ekta Kapoor
    Ekta Kapoor says:

    Wow, girl you are a genius. I haven’t ever thought of something like this before. I’m practically going to ransack my junk drawer to upcycle something good. Thank you.

    And your marble looks beautiful too, with the photo


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