How to Hang a Wall Clock Arrangement

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Clocks are pieces of art. Whether working timepieces or just decorative, clocks deserve a place on your walls. Make an arrangement out of clocks that look nothing alike, turning your wall into a conversation piece. Create a wall of time zones from around the world, adding a touch of geography to your decor. Or, try hanging the clocks in a nontraditional method for a different look.

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Things you need

  • Picture-hanging hardware
  • Plate hangers
  • Curtain tiebacks, with tasselled cords
  • Hammer
  • Picture wire
  • Printer
  • Sticky labels
  • 1 foot of elastic waistband

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    Wall Clock Arrangements

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    Hang clocks in a circle or half-circle, mixing everything from ornate antique clocks to metal windup alarm clocks. Most wall clocks come with the hardware to hang them, or at least have an attached piece to rest on a nail head. Use a plate hanger to hang a clock not constructed to hang on a wall. Or, place a picture wire in the back of a clock to catch on a nail as another hanging technique.

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    Mix and match metal, wood and even plastic clocks to set up a wall of time. Scatter the clocks over the wall, but space each clock at the same distance apart. Your clocks will look like a designed grouping if they are all 6 inches away from each other, but at different heights. Do not hang same-sized clocks too close to one another; the arrangement will look more uniform if they vary in size.

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    Using clocks that are close in size, but different in style, works well for creating a wall of time from around the world. Place the clocks in two rows in a zigzag pattern. Set the times for the countries or time zones of your choice. Using your computer, print small labels to denote the location for the time below each clock.

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    Hang decorative, tasselled cords, like those used for tying back curtains, down the wall and attach your wall clocks to the cords. This gives a floating look to your clocks. Move the clocks along the cord to create your arrangement. Attach the cord to a eye hook, and screw it into the ceiling, 2 inches from the wall. To attach the clocks to the cords, use a heavy piece of elastic, the type used for waistbands in clothes. Turn the clock over and tack, staple or nail the elastic to the clock. The elastic will go around the cord, holding the cord onto the clock. Leave enough play in it so the clock can slide when using a little force. You can attach two or three clocks to each cord.

Tips and warnings

  • When hanging the clocks using the cord method, make it a nautical theme by using anchor rope. You can purchase this by the foot in most hardware stores.
  • If your wall clock arrangement is in a busy, high traffic area, do not use the cord method for hanging. People will brush them as they walk by, possible damaging the clocks.

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