Isn’t old decor funny sometimes? Someone gave this old, extremely heavy clock to their mother, what? In the seventies? It was decoupaged with a poem on one side and a cheap plastic hour hand for the clock on the other side. The amount of resin or epoxy was complete insanity. I had an idea to add it to my creepy Halloween decorations.
Thrift Store Clock Makeover into Creepy Halloween Decor
The first thing I did was detach the battery operated clock parts along with the hour hands.
This book was also coated with the thickest resin or epoxy layer ever and I knew I wouldn’t be trying to remove it, just rough it up. Can you tell how shiny it is? Using my heat gun on low and a putty knife, I waved it back and forth periodically trying to slide the putty knife under the hands and the numbers. Always watch where your hands are when using the heat gun.
Once I got it removed, you can see the type of imprint it left behind. Again, I wasn’t about to try and remove the epoxy because, #1) I didn’t have to, and #2) C’mon, it’s a Halloween decoration
I then moved onto the belt sander with 80 grit paper and scuffed up both the left and right side. I didn’t bother touching the spine or the outer edges.
Since the poem was paper underneath all that resin, as I sanded, it went down further in certain spots over others so it left uneven spots. I had an idea to make those spots work for me as you’ll soon see. You can kind of tell what I’m talking about here in the upper right hand corner.
I spray painted both sides in a black matte spray paint until the wording from the poem was covered. The clock hands, as I said, left major imprints which I didn’t worry about since I’ll be covering it with a styrofoam skull.
The skull however, was too thick for what I wanted so I stuck it in the bandsaw and sliced right behind the jaw line. Geez, if someone read that out of context I might just be committed.
I really wanted some mirrored sheets on the right hand side so I could put some creepy Halloween related wording above or below it. I cut the mirror down to size with a utility knife. The back of the mirror has a paper you peel away and then stick on. The front of the mirror has a thin film you peel away that reveals the actual mirror part.
Back to the divots I talked about from sanding. I thought they’d be perfect filled with red paint to look like blood. I also used a glitter pen to write a phrase. I found the phrase on-line with no credit at all so I don’t know where it came from. There was more to the wording but, I shortened it.
Then, I just felt like something was missing on the skull side. Have you ever heard of the Graphics Fairy? I had but, have never once visited. In scrolling through the Halloween Clip Art archives, I found it. The perfect skeleton hand that looks like it’s reaching for the skull. Yep, that was the last touch, I printed it off, crudely cut it out and mod podged that sucker down.
This, my friends, is one I will happily add in with other creepy Halloween decorations like the resin cups and the spooky lantern. How’s the Halloween decorating going on at your house?
15 thoughts on “Thrift Store Clock Makeover into Creepy Halloween Decor”
What a unique and clever Halloween decor piece! It’s awesome. Pinning to my Halloween Board.
Thanks, Beverly! It was definitely a fun Halloween project 🙂
Totally LOVE this!!! Great idea!! And thanks for the heads up on where the labels for my potion bottles came from… I will be giving the blogger credit in my posts on the bottles. I see you used a label on one of your bottles too..Thanks for visiting!!
I just fell in love with those labels, Debbie! I’m so glad I found them 🙂
This is amazing! You’re such a talented being!!! 🙂
Thanks mom 🙂
That clock though!! What were they thinking? You sure did it a favor! It looks so good! My daughter loves skulls and creepy stuff, so this is perfect. thanks for sharing!
Thanks, Pamela! It really made me laugh when I first saw it 😉 Hopefully you come across an old clock of your own and make it the creepiest!
What a awesome recycle. It looks so spooky and that quote is really freaky. Please tell me Angie, did you feel bit like Dexter when you cut the back of the skull off 😉
ROFL!! You’re awesome, Michelle! I hate to say Dexter didn’t come to mind but, I did feel like I was going to get in trouble for some reason 😉
Oh wow!!! I love it! What a fantastic re-do. I think I have seen a clock like that too thrifting and passed over it not thinking what I could do with it! That is so much fun and looks like some new halloween decoration you bought. Thanks for the idea when I come across one of these again!
This was so fun to make, Kathleen. I’m embracing creepy Halloween decor this year. Who knows if it’ll creepy next year but, at least I’ve got some great stuff to put out when I’m in the mood 😉
I love this; just enough creep factor 🙂
Thanks, Sara! I’m all about the creep factor for sure 😉
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