DIY World Clock Wall Display is a fun wall art display for any home or office with minimal effort using this simple tutorial. Includes tips for choosing the right clocks, selecting the right tools, and creating labels.
The world clock gallery display featured in the Masculine Office Makeover is a clean and timeless (pun intended) display for any home or office.
So, what exactly is a world clock gallery? It’s a grouping of clocks (usually 3- 6) on a wall that display different time zones in the world tied to specific displays at a glance. It’s common practice to use cities tied to the stock exchanges or perhaps fashion capitals. But take creative license! For this one, my husband chose four cities that were of personal significance to him.
Materials and Supplies
The key to the project’s success is having the correct materials on hand.
- Clocks – these are similar to the ones we used.
- Thin Wood Strips, about 2.5 inches wide (I found mine at Lowe’s)
- A drill and eyelets (optional)
- Velcro Command Strips or other hanging apparatus
*I used a cutting machine and vinyl to create my letters. However, letter stickers work well. For more ways to create letters and designs, check out our posts on easy design transferring or making signs with stencils.
World Time Zone Clocks
The full printable tutorial is at the bottom of this post. Im giving a little closer look at a decorative detail that I added to the nameplates here.
For these time zone wall clocks, I edged the wood with eyelets for a richer textural element. It only takes a few minutes. Drill a hole just wide enough to fit the eyelets in snugly. Use a kitchen mallet or something similar to tap them in if needed.
I chose my clocks based on price and appearance. Although there were no specific complaints about the loudness of this particular model, 4 clocks all ticking in harmony was enough to make my eye twitch. It was maddening! My advice:
- Purchase clocks with “silent” clock hands.
- The clocks can be whatever size you like but it looks best if the nameplate size matches.
- If your clocks are not silent, follow this video to add a light machine oil to them. It does work, but it is at your own risk.
The location of choice for this project was right above the desk in a 2×2 format rather than putting all four in a row.
The combination of time zones and cities got the seal of approval of course, as did the rest of the office. A relatively simple project that makes an impactful statement in the office!
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Frequently Asked Questions
No tick wall clocks are silent since they move in a continuous sweep. Since the second hand is not stepping from second to second, the ticking is eliminated. Silent wall clocks are perfect for sleeping, office or study areas.
Clocks work best at two height options, either between eye and chest level or above eye level. If you’re going for a high clock, it should be higher than the tallest obstruction in the room such as a doorway, window, or mantel.
Depending on the weight of your clock, the easiest way to hang it without nails is by using command strips – either hooks or Velcro. It is a wonderful renter friendly option.
Yes. The project only requires that you have multiple of the exact same clock model but whether it is analog or digital makes no difference.
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DIY Time Zone Clock Display
- Drill Optional
- Saw Something to cut the wood to the desired length
- 4-6 Silent Clocks
- 4 2.5 inch wide wood strips uniform length
- 1 set Letter Stickers *See note
- 8 pieces Velcro Command Strips 2 for each nameplate
- 8 sets Metal Eyelets Optional
- Cut the pieces of wood to the same width as the clock faces. Round the edges slightly with a sander. Paint them black.
- (Optional) Use eyelets to add a decorative touch to the edges. Drill a hole just wide enough to fit the eyelets in snugly without falling out. Use a mallet to tap them in, if needed.
- Add letters to the nameplates. You can use a ruler to apply them straight.
- Hang signs with velcro command strips. These make hanging a breeze and are rental friendly!
Jessica Coffman says
What font and size lettering did you use?
I believe the font is just a basic Times New Roman. I may have re-sized the letters (squish/stretch) to fit the plates fully.