4th of July Inspired Patriotic Clock

by Sha Khezri

The 4th of July is only a couple of days away. It’s time to adorn your patriotic spirit and make this fabulous red, white, and blue timepiece.  Henceforth, you can always celebrate the 4th of July each time you look at your clock! 

Materials needed:

1. Supplies

Wire spool

Clock movement kit

Paint (We used No More Drama P140-7, Deep Breath S460-7, and New House White RD-W10)

Wooden stars

House numbers (1-12)

Tools needed:

Sand paper

Mini roller or paint brush


Jig saw


Power drill

Wood glue


Step 1: Cut your wire spool

Use a saw to cut your wire spool into two pieces.  Keep a small length of the center portion of the piece on the side the clock face will be.

Step 1

Step 2: Sand

Sand down any sharp or uneven surfaces on the side of wire spool that you want to use.

Step 2

Step 3: Trace flag pattern

 With a ruler measure out and trace the American flag on your spool. 1/4 of the spool face should be reserved for the stars, the remaining 3/4 for the stripes.

Step 3

Step 4: Paint

Once you have traced all of the lines, start painting your colors in. Allow paint to dry and apply second coat if necessary/desired.

Step 4

Step 5: Stamp the Stars on

Once the paint has dried, paint a wooden star and place carefully on the blue part. Press down evenly on the star, with care not to shift the star out of place.  Gently remove the star and repeat step until section is satisfactorily starred. Step 5a Step 5b Step 5c

Step 6: Mark placement for numbers 3, 6, 9, and 12

Using a ruler, find the four center points on your circle where the numbers 3, 6, 9, and 12 should be attached. These numbers will be your guide numbers when placing the others.

Step 6a Step 6b Step 6c

Step 7: Attach the central numbers

Using a hammer, secure the four guide numbers in place.

Step 7

Step 8: Attach the other numbers

Divide the space between guide numbers into equal parts and position the other numbers accordingly.  Secure each with hammer and nails.

Step 8

Step 9: Measure the center hole

By placing the movement kit in the center hole, you can see if the size is correct, or you need an additional circle for the center to cover the hole. In our case, the hole was bigger than the movement kit.

 Step 9

Step 10: Cut out a circle

Trace and cut out a circle bigger than the central hole to attach to the movement kit.

Step 10a Step 10b

Step 11: Drill a hole

Drill a hole in the center of your wood circle. Make sure the hole is big enough to fit the arm mechanism through.

Step 11

Step 12: Paint

With a Mini roller paint the wood circle. Allow to dry and apply second coat if necessary/desired.

Step 12

Step 13: Put all of the pieces together

Follow the instruction on the movement kit package, and attach the clock pieces through the center of the wooden circle.

Step 13a Step 13b

Step 14: Glue

Glue the center wooden piece to your clock with wood glue and let dry.

Step 14

Step 15: Hang in place

Hang in place and you are ready to celebrate the 4th!

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Wall color featured: Jean Jacket Blue S510-4

Colorfully yours,

-Sha Khezri

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