As I was deciding whether to donate or recycle some of my older unused books, I naturally came up with a more creative way to transform them so that they serve a better purpose: a clock! Thus the creation of my first book clock.
Book clocks are really simple to make and just require a few materials:
– Hardcover book
– Xacto knife
– Clock kit ($10)
You'll also need a few objects you probably already have lying around the house, like tape, a battery, a pencil and a ruler.
Check out the video above for the step-by-step DIY. If you can't bear the thought of parting with any of your old books, choose a decorative vintage cover like this one from Etsy. Note that you won't want to use any books you still want to read — while part of the book is readable, the first half is likely to get destroyed with your Xacto knife.
I had so much fun making this and have a feeling I might be putting book clocks in every room of the house from now on! I'm sure it will definitely make for a great conversation piece next time I have guests over.
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