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How to make a plate clock

As I mentioned the other day I was invited to a fun workshop to celebrate the launch of Furniture Hacks by Hesta Van Overbeek at West Elm, the furniture and accessories store on Tottenham Court Road.

DIY plate clock

How to make a plate clock

We sat down at a long table and were able to pick a plate from West Elm for the clock face, our choice of hands as well as a clock mechanism and battery.


Then came the fun part. I painted my clock hands orange using nail varnish and marked the centre of my plate with a small dot on a piece of masking tape. Then I drilled a hole in the plate using a drill with a porcelain drill bit. It took a while but luckily Hesta was around to help us all!


When the hole was large enough to place the clock mechanism through it I tightened it and added the clock hands. It’s a fun way to make a super stylish plate clock.


How to make a plate clock is one of the 35 projects featured in Furniture Hacks and other creative updates for a unique and stylish home. I love the idea of hacking furniture and have been known to give our Ikea furniture a bit of a makeover. Hesta shows you how to update your home accessories, soft furnishings and even wooden furniture. Some of my favourite projects include the shower curtain garden canopy, updated chest of drawer handles and the washi tape chest. The instructions are easy to follow and use items you already have at home or would be able to get hold of easily.

Furniture Hacks book cover

Furniture Hacks by Hester Van Overbeek is published by CICO Books at £14.99, and is available from all good bookshops or call 01256-302699.


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    August 25, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    This book sounds really interesting.

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      August 25, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      If you love upcycling on a budget it’s a really good read.

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