DIY World Clock for Earth Day from CD/DVD
Make this awesome world clock for Earth Day or any day! It’s made from a CD or DVD and Roy drew the free artwork you can download. All you need is a clock mechanism purchased online or at any craft store. Read the details below. This is an addition to our other post How to Make a Clock from a DVD which has a variety of free clock faces.
World Clock Supplies
- CD or DVD
- Printed clock face (FREE DOWNLOAD BELOW)
- Small clock mechanism. I used this one.
- Spray adhesive or glue to glue clock face onto CD.
- Clear Spray (fixing agent so the ink won’t run if you use Mod Podge”
- Mod Podge for sealing (optional)
- Spray paint (optional for back of disc)
Other Clock Mechanisms that might work according to the details, though I’ve not used these personally. Double check things before purchasing. Many come with a hanging piece so the clock can be placed on the wall.
NOTE ON CLOCK MECHANISMS: If you purchase your own you must check to make sure it will fit your CD and that the hands are the right size. (Second hands are usually super thin and you could actually trim them with scissors.) Clock mechanisms come in a huge variety of sizes and only a certain size will work for your CD clock. The largest hand can generally not be longer than 2 1/4″ (Seconds hands tend to be really long and you can opt to leave that hand off if you like.) Also, the thread sections come in different lengths and will stick out in front of your CD because it is so thin. I didn’t find that to be a huge problem. I generally painted the threads to match, if needed.
Free pdf World Clock Face. This should fit a standard DVD or CD. Read the details below on printing them.
How to Print
Some printers will adjust a pdf to ‘fit to page”. If yours does that your clock face might be a tiny bit too small, showing a sliver of the CD around the edge. To correct this, when you go to print your sheet change the printer settings as shown. (Yours will look different but you should still have this setting.) Another option is to spray paint the front of your CD or DVD so that if the edge does show, it doesn’t matter. It will just have a nice border. P.S. It’s a good idea to print a fast “draft” quality of your template to make sure it will fit correctly. That way you don’t waste ink.
Glue your clock face onto the CD or DVD.
Mark the exact center of the CD where the mechanism will go. NOTE: You can spray paint the BACK of your CD or DVD which we did. You can see it at the bottom.
For an extra nice coating you can put a layer of Mod Podge on the face of the clock but we suggest before doing so that you give it a light coat with a clear spray to make sure the ink does not run.
You can choose to leave off the second hand if desired which I did. Make a hole in the center to allow for the clock threads to go through.
It will stick up a bit depending on how long your threads are. You can paint the threads if desired. Just make sure to not get anything on the center part that turns.
Following the instructions on the mechanism package, add your clock hands.
Hang on the wall if your mechanism allows it or place on an easel. Get our small easel pattern or ideas here.