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This Clothespin Clock is Easy to Make

Learn how to make a clothespin clock to decorate your home! If you want to make a cute clock from scratch, this is a fun project.

Skills Required: Beginner. It helps to have experience with spray paint simply because there are a lot of nooks and crannies. Keeping that in mind, it’s a very simple project.

DIY clock made with clothespins

Have you ever made a craft with a supply (like pom poms, clay, yarn, etc) – then after you used said supply, you wanted to make more projects? Just to see what you could make?

Because I have.

I just recently had that type of experience with clothespins. There were clothespin butterflies, then clothespin trivets, then a napkin holder. Then after that, there were STILL more clothespins!

So what happens when you have more supplies you don’t know what to do with? You brainstorm. And then you make a clothespin clock!

I feel like this clock is good for a variety of home decor styles. I can see it simply stained in a farmhouse setting. I can also see it spray painted orange for a bit of mid-century style.

This project actually resides in an office, but I think it would be fun in the kitchen. Or a living room. Really anywhere! And it’s simple to make.

Make a Clock with Clothespins

You’re going to make this clothespin clock in four easy steps. You’ll remove all the clothespin clips, then glue the pins together to form a circle. Then you’ll paint everything. Finally, you’ll attach the circles and insert your clock movement.

Adding a clock movement to just about anything is easier than you think. The movements come in kits with hands, and instructions for putting it all together. Basically you’ll just need a hole for the movement to go through, and then the hands attach.

Are you ready to start? Here we go!

Gather These Supplies

  • Wood clothespins – 32 (these are the 3.3″ length)
  • Craft glue
  • Clock movement
  • Spray paint – color of your choice
  • Wood circles (2 1/2″) – 2
  • Drill (bit to fit your movement)

Separate the Clothespins

Disassembling a clothespin and removing the spring

You’re going to use the clothespins without the springs – so the first thing you need to do is remove them! Begin by twisting the two half of the clothespin and removing one side. Then you’ll easily be able to remove the clip from the other half.

Glue the Clothespins Together

Keep your clothespins and your glue handy, because you’re going to glue a bunch of pairs together! You’ll start by gluing flat sides of clothespins together.

You’ll need 32 of these pairs, which are 32 clothespin halves.

Gluing two halves of a clothespin together

Now you’re going to create the clock base. The best way for you to do this is to first lay out your clothespins into the circle shape before you glue, just to make sure everything fits together.

Pressing two clothespins with glue on them together

Then start gluing! Place glue on the side of a clothespin, and then sandwich another clothespin to it . . .

Holding clothespins together to dry

Continue working your way around the circle, gluing clothespins together and holding.

Three clothespins glued together

Continue working around the “imaginary circle” in the middle, gluing the pins to make your clothespin clock face.

Glue clothespin trivet

Once you finish, your clock should look like this, and you should let it dry completely.

Use a drill to drill a hole in the center of both wood circles, matching the bit with your clock movement size.

Drilling a hole into the center of a wood circle

Paint the Parts

Place your clock face and one of the circles outside or in a well ventilated area. Use the spray paint to several light coats. You’ll want to do several light coats since you have so many small areas on the clothespin clock.

Spray painting the clothespins with teal spray paint

Let dry and then tilt as needed to get all the areas covered. There’s no particular reason why I used engine paint; I just happened to have it on hand and liked the color.

You can use any type of spray paint! You can even paint with craft paint.

You’re also going to paint one of the circles, because it’s going to go on the front of the clock face.

Spray paint and a wood circle with a hole drilled in it

Once you’re done spray painting, this is what you have.

Attach the Circles and Movement

Spray painted clothespin base with wood circles and craft glue

Glue one of the wood circles on the back in the center. Let dry.

Wood circle glued to the back of the clock

This is how it will look from the front.

Clock face with wood circle glued to the back

Place glue on the movement, then place the clock face down onto the movement. The wood circle should sit in the glue and, as it dries, attach the movement to the back.

Clock movement with clothespin clock base

Take the spray painted circle, place glue on the back, then place down onto the front of the clock over the movement.

Spray painted wood circle being glued to the front of the clock

Attach the hands, and life is good! Because now you can tell the time.

WHICH – if you want to add numbers or dots to your clothespin clock in some way, you can. I chose to leave the clock plain, and I find it easy to tell the time for the most part.

DIY Clothespin Clock

What do you think? Would you make this clock and put it in your home? Leave me some comments!


Wednesday 20th of December 2023

I love the clock I started making one tonight I'll let you all know how it came out thanks for showing all information on the clock can't wait until it's done I'm going to try out all the clocks I've got a new crap now

Cynthia L. Martin

Wednesday 14th of June 2023

I like the clock and trive idea

Cynthia L. Martin

Wednesday 14th of June 2023

Yes will try your clock and trive clothes pin


Wednesday 14th of December 2022

Thank you for sharing. I love this idea, I am going to try this. Keeping my fingers crossed it comes out as beautiful as yours. Thanks again!

Dana L. Norris

Tuesday 18th of January 2022

I love this clock! I'm going to make it but my biggest problem is deciding what color to make it. Thank you for sharing this. I enjoy your crafts so much.


Thursday 20th of January 2022

Thank you so much for reading Dana! Much appreciated!