DIY Shabby wall clock: tutorial and video

Making a Shabby wall clock is very simple.

It can also be made with cardboard but using MDF material as a base, many steps are saved and a decidedly different aesthetic effect is obtained.

Wandering through the online tutorials, we came across what we present and translated it for you. The result is truly beautiful !

Are you ready? Here we go!

DIY Shabby clock, stencil technique with embossed paste

What do you need:

  • MDF disc for the watch ( the MDF is thicker than the plywood and is perfect for this type of work )
  • Clock mechanism
  • Vinyl glue
  • White and gold acrylic paint
  • Transparent paint
  • Hand cream
  • Silicone paste ( to harden ) or relief paste
  • Judean bitumen ( used to create the aging patina )
  • Decorated napkin
  • Mandala stencil and Roman numerals
  • Medium grain sandpaper
  • Baking paper
  • Brush
  • Iron


Take the already perforated MDF base (1) and paint it (2) with white acrylic paint or with a common white wall paint. do it from both sides. If necessary pass two coats, it must cover the surface perfectly.

Check that the handkerchief chosen fits the shape of the watch (3) , then open it and place it on top. Approved the shape, remove a veil (4) . Set aside.

At this point, remove the tissue and brush the base of the disc with vinyl glue. Be careful not to leave excesses, spread a nice smooth layer (5) . Take the parchment paper and cut it to the size needed to cover the disc. Overlap the veil of the tissue on the disc and glue (6) .

Take the previously cut piece of baking paper and place it on top of the tissue (7) . Repeatedly pass the hot iron (8) , without absolutely using the steam. In this way the handkerchief will fix itself well.

9. Cut out the corners Then gently fold the edges of the tissue towards the inside with delicacy and fix them. With the paint, go over the surface a couple of times .

10. Mix 2 parts of hardener (if you have the paste for relief is better) with the paint or white paint (1 tablespoon). Mix well .

Relief decoration:

At this point, take the stencils. Place the Roman numerals on the dry disk and roll out the pasta just created for the relief (11) . Then apply the other mandala stencil to create the edges (12) and in the spaces that you create, apply a smaller portion of the stencil (13) . Then proceed to decorate the interior in the same way (14) . Clean the burrs with a little water. To eliminate imperfections, gently pass the sandpaper .

Now check that the clock mechanism passes perfectly through the hole . If not, widen it with the handle of the brush, unless you prefer to do it with a drill.

Now prepare a mixture with some gold paint and some hand cream. It makes it more fluid. With your fingertip distribute it on the reliefs created with the stencil (15) . To give an "antiqued" appearance, pass the Judean Bitumen (16) on the edges and finally (or before, as you prefer) mount the mechanism (17) .

Your shabby wall clock is ready! Just put a hook and place it where you like.

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