Main material that I am using in today's project, an old tray, is from thrift store's free to take basket. The tray was broken yet had very beautiful details in it. I thought it's frames could be used in some DIY project. After I carried it home it has been moving from bench to bench and table to table. I didn't immediately get any marvelous idea. I have got another tray that was planned to become a wall clock but as it is still intact I thought this broken piece could be better used in this project. Because the tray had hole (and hideous picture) in the middle I was sure the middle part must be removed. Plywood was obvious answer to cover the middle but for long I had no idea how to paint or decorate it. Sometimes (quite often actually) the most simple answers are the most difficult to see. All that the clock needed was bright contrasting paint and modern clock hands. So here you have, first material evidence of my productive Thursday :) For your project you can choose any metal tray that is thin enough to be easily cut and any bright color that matches your own home.
You will need:
Clockwork and modern clock hands
Small beads to mark the hours
Drilling machine plus 10 mm drill
Step 1. Measure the middle circle of the tray and draw similar circle to the plywood.
Step 2. Use coping saw to saw out the round piece from the plywood.
Step 3. After you have sawed off the piece drill a hole to the middle. The hole should be big enough so you get the clockwork's middle piece through it. I used 10 mm drill.
Step 5. Measure 1 cm from the middle circle. Use compass to get even line.
Step 6. Cut out the middle part following the line you draw. I used plain scissors to do this. You can use special scissors made for cutting metal if your tray is heavier material. Clean the tray. I polished mine with toothbrush and toothpaste.
I quite like the look that combines both modern and vintage. Old tray gives global bohemian vibe to this clock and new bright red color balances. Now I feel a huge motivation boost to get other projects finished. I have banned thrift stores and garbage bins (I am allowed to put trash in, not take out) until the corners are empty from all interesting materials :D
Have a Wonderful Weekend You All!