I love vintage images – especially labels that were used for consumer products in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Goods from pharmacies and beauty items had gorgeous labels, with scrollwork, banners and ornate fonts. I decided that I wanted to make a DIY wall clock from these pretty labels, and I knew that a painted distressing technique would complement the vintage look. Distressing is very easy – all you need besides the paint is a candle! I’m excited to show you how to create this vintage label distressed clock. It would look great in a kitchen, bedroom or anywhere you want a period piece. Choose labels and paint colors to coordinate with your décor. Here’s how I made my vintage inspired DIY wall clock.
Vintage Label DIY Wall Clock
- Printer and paper
- Vintage graphics – all mine are from The Graphics Fairy
- Wood clock base
- Clock part kit
- 1.5” circle punch
- Mod Podge Matte
- Acrylic paint in two complimentary colors
- Candle – plain white, unscented
Use sandpaper to reveal the base color below and age your clock base. Sand more and add more pressure for more distressing. You can even use your finger to remove paint. The wax prevents the top layer of paint from sticking, so anywhere there is wax, you can rub away the top layer of paint!
Using the Mod Podge and the paintbrush, decoupage each label down into place. Let dry and then put a few coats of Mod Podge over the top to seal. Add the clock hands kit to the clock base according to the directions on the kit packaging.
What do you think of my DIY wall clock? I think I’m going to give this vintage clock to my mother – she would absolutely adore it!