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How to Make a Clock Out of Ceramic Tile

Leftover ceramic tile can be used to make a clock that will compliment the tile on a kitchen backboard or a tiled floor. Or search through the leftover tile bin at a ceramic tile supplier for one large dramatic tile to make an attractive clock suitable for a thoughtful handmade gift. To turn a tile into a clock, buy a clock mechanism, which can be found at craft supply stores.

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  1. Determine the exact centre of the ceramic tile with the ruler by drawing intersecting lines from corner to opposite corner with a pencil. Erase the lines with a pencil eraser and leave the centre mark.

  2. Dampen the rag and place it on the wooden cutting board. Place the ceramic tile on the damp rage. Put on the safety glasses.

  3. Insert the carbon bit in the drill and tighten the chuck. Pour several drops of water over the centre mark.

  4. Drill through the centre mark, pulling the drill from the spot every 30 seconds and adding a few more drops of water, until the drill has gone all the way through the tile.

  5. Position the 12, 3, 6 and 9 number stencils near the inside centre edges of the tile. Apply a small amount of paint with the pouncing paintbrush through the stencils for clock numbers. Add the remaining numbers in the same manner, spacing them between the previously stencilled numbers.

  6. Enlarge the hole edges with the drill if needed. Insert the clock mechanism through the hole, positioning the clock hands in the front of the tile and the motor in the back, screwing the two pieces together to connect them.

  7. Attach a picture hanger to the back of the ceramic tile with epoxy glue. Roll four marble sized balls of the air dry clay, flatten them slightly and attach them to the back of the tile clock with epoxy glue to make sure the clock lies flat against the wall.

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Things You'll Need

  • Ceramic tile, 8-inch by 8-inch
  • High-speed rotary drill with cord
  • Silicon carbon bit #83142
  • Ruler
  • Safety glasses
  • Wooden cutting board
  • Old rag
  • Clock mechanism
  • Number stencils
  • Acrylic paint
  • Pouncing paintbrush
  • Picture hanger
  • Epoxy glue
  • Air dry clay

About the Author

Linda Shepard has been staff writer for "C & G Newspapers" for over 10 years, covering local government and crime and serving as the newspaper's food writer. She has written for "Michigan Meetings Magazine" and is also the owner of, an online business of self-guided walking tours.

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