My husband and I have always wanted a mid-century starburst clock to hang over our fireplace, but they’re very pricey these days. So when I came across a plain mid-century clock a the thrift store, I thought maybe I could make one myself. Would love to show you how I put mine together to inspire you to make your own.
Mid-Century Starburst Clock DIY
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Here’s what I started with – a simple mid-century clock by Seth Thomas. This particular clock is called “Midtown”. You might be able to find this exact one or something similar on Etsy or eBay. I liked that the clock rested on a base to add my starbursts. You can always mount a clock onto a piece of wood. I used these jumbling tower blocks (like Jenga blocks, but actual Jenga blocks have engraving on the sides while these generic ones are plain) and chalk-style paint (I used all Country Chic Paints) to make my starbursts.
I painted 16 blocks in white.
Then I paired up the blocks and taped a diagonal line across each one to form a triangle for each pair. I painted over the painters tape with the same white to help make the painted line extra crisp.
Then I painted the dark brown color to form the triangle.
The square base of the clock was black plastic covered in brown textured vinyl. I simply painted over it all in the same brown paint.
Finally, I used hot glue to add my starbursts, lining them up across from each other. I put about a 1/4 inch space in between just to make things interesting.
All finished with my DIY Mid-Century Starburst Clock.
Another before/after view
We love our little 1960s Ranch home so we love adding little mid-century touches to the rest of our decor. This DIY saved us lots of money as well! Here’s our clock above the fireplace.
(I made my Mid-Century Starburst Clock for the Country Chic Paints blog. Posting my tutorial again here on my own blog today!)
(Eyeball Art by Sophie, age 9)
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