Thrift Store Clock Makeover into Creepy Halloween Decor

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.

Have you seen what she did with this old thrift store clock? She added it to her creepy Halloween home decor collection! For this and more unique diy ideas, visit AmbientWares.com!

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.

Have you seen what she did with this old thrift store clock? She added it to her creepy Halloween home decor collection! For this and more unique diy ideas, visit AmbientWares.com!

Have you seen what she did with this old thrift store clock? She added it to her creepy Halloween home decor collection! For this and more unique diy ideas, visit AmbientWares.com!

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.

Have you seen what she did with this old thrift store clock? She added it to her creepy Halloween home decor collection! For this and more unique diy ideas, visit AmbientWares.com!

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

Have you seen what she did with this old thrift store clock? She added it to her creepy Halloween home decor collection! For this and more unique diy ideas, visit AmbientWares.com!

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.

Have you seen what she did with this old thrift store clock? She added it to her creepy Halloween home decor collection! For this and more unique diy ideas, visit AmbientWares.com!

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.

Have you seen what she did with this old thrift store clock? She added it to her creepy Halloween home decor collection! For this and more unique diy ideas, visit AmbientWares.com!

Have you seen what she did with this old thrift store clock? She added it to her creepy Halloween home decor collection! For this and more unique diy ideas, visit AmbientWares.com!

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.

Have you seen what she did with this old thrift store clock? She added it to her creepy Halloween home decor collection! For this and more unique diy ideas, visit AmbientWares.com!

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.

https://thegraphicsfairy.com/instant-halloween-art-printable-download-hand-bones/

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?

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Have you seen what she did with this old thrift store clock? She added it to her creepy Halloween home decor collection! For this and more unique diy ideas, visit AmbientWares.com!

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15 thoughts on “Thrift Store Clock Makeover into Creepy Halloween Decor

  1. 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!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

  2. 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 😉

  3. 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!

    1. 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 😉

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