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Under-the-Sea Wooden Clock

It’s hard finding crafts that keep my 10-year old son’s interest, but this one was perfect for him! He enjoyed the mixed media aspect of this project, but he especially enjoyed the mechanics of putting the clock mechanism together.



  • Unfinished Wooden Clock Face with DIY Clock Movement (We got our kit at Joann's crafts. I couldn't find a kit on amazon. You have to buy the face separate from the movement and there are a lot of dimensional parameters that need to work together)
  • Multi-Surface Acrylic Paints Standard Colors or Paste Colors (We use these paints for almost half of our crafts. I suggest buying both sets if you plan on continuing to craft)
  • Wooden Numbers
  • Ocean Wave Stickers

Step 1:

He started by painting the clock three different shades of blue in a random “wavy water” pattern.

Step 2:

Then he let that dry and painted the wood numbers of the clock a gold color to match the hands that he chose. There are so many different colors and styles of clock hands to suit any kid’s style. He also chose the word “love” to go on the face of his clock. Once the clock face was dry, he painted the edge of the clock to give it a finished look.

Step 3:

Next, we marked the four quadrants where the 3, 6, 9 and 12 would be placed together. These markers helped him to place his stickers away from where the numbers were going to be placed. In retrospect, I think we should’ve glued down the numbers first, then placed the stickers around the numbers. It would’ve been easier. We ended up having to move one of the wave stickers.

Step 4:

As you can see from my initial supply photo, we had a bag of seashells that we were going to use. However, they were too tall and would’ve interfered with the mechanism of the clock. Keep this in mind when shopping for any additional embellishments for your clocks.

Please leave your comments below about your experiences with this fun craft as well as photos of your creations to share.

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