How to make a simple clock?
Decide what type of clock you want to make.
How large or small do you want your clock to be?
Do you want a hanging clock or a table clock?
What style of hour and minute hands do you want?
What look do you want for the numbers? Do you prefer simple dashes, or leaving the numbers out altogether for a more modern look?
Choose a clock face. You can make a clock with any object or material that you are able to drill a 3/8 in (0.95 m) hole in.
Buy the necessary clock making components.
Clock movement. The clock movement includes a shaft that connects to a clock motor. It is the part that turns the hands of the clock and will not be visible from the clock face once your clock is finished. Be sure you choose a shaft that is long enough for the clock face you have chosen.
Hour, minute and second hands. Make sure they fit inside your clock's face and allow plenty of room for number placement.
Numbers. Here you have the option of choosing traditional numbers, Roman numerals, raised or flat numbers, large or small numbers, short lines or dashes. Or you may choose to forgo numbers altogether.
Drill a hole in the center of your clock face. Drill all the way through the face until you come out the back side.
Insert the shaft of the clock movement through the clock hands and into the clock face so that it exits the backside.
Connect the shaft to the clock motor.
Secure the clock motor in place. Use duct tape and make sure to leave easy access to the battery panel.
Make a stencil from an existing clock for number placement on your clock face. Using the stencil as a guideline, mark where the numbers go before adhering them to the face.
Place numerals or dashes in their corresponding spaces on the clock face. Most store-bought number kits for clock making come with self-adhesive for easy placement. Otherwise, use a glue appropriate for use with your particular clock face surface.