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Father’s Day (or Mother’s Day) Portrait Clock

I know it’s not quite Father’s Day (and I realize Mother’s Day comes first) but as part of the Michaels Makers challenge, we were all asked to celebrate different holidays that are coming up between now and the end of summer.  Because there’s always a reason to celebrate!  And I chose to have the kiddos help me to make something for………DAD!!  (But really, this idea can be made for mom too.  I won’t tell!)


Now Steve has a little something to hang at work — to remind him of these sweet little ones, who absolutely adore him!




The kiddos helped paint, attach, and assemble the clock for their dad…..and they were so proud!  And now I want one — because how fun is it to see these sweet faces every time I look at the time.




All the parts were purchased separately……so you could really put this clock together however you want.  Let them paint a picture on the face of the clock, add hand prints, write a message, etc.  Dad will love whatever they come up with!




And then he can hang it wherever he will treasure it most!






  • 10-inch wooden clock face
  • clock motor
  • 1.5-inch wooden discs
  • circle photo cut-outs, slightly smaller than wooden discs, printed on card stock
  • Mod Podge
  • acrylic paint
  • paintbrushes
  • epoxy glue
  • painter’s tape
  • foam letter stickers



Gather your supplies…



However you decide to decorate the clock is completely up to you…but here’s how we decorated ours!


To begin, I had the kids paint 12 wooden discs, one for each hour on the clock.  (We used an aqua colored acrylic paint.)



There’s no need to paint the backs…only the front and sides will be seen.



Some of your younger artists will need a little help, however, this gift is from them…so a few smudges are kind of adorable!



While the discs are drying, place a piece of painter’s tape across the very center of the clock face.  Then paint on one half of the clock front.  (We used darker shade of blue.)



Gently peel off the painter’s tape…and then let the paint dry completely.



Cut out each of your photos.



Make sure your wooden discs are completely dry and then place a layer of Mod Podge on the back of one of your pictures and center onto a wooden disc.



Place another layer of Mod Podge on top of your image.  Repeat with the other images and wooden discs.  Let dry completely.



Attach your clock motor to the back of your clock face.  (We had to dig out the wood a little on the back so that the clock face would reach through to the front.)



Attach 4 of your circles to your clock with some epoxy glue directly onto the clock face at exactly 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, and 9:00.  Glue down the other circles as well.



Decide what letters and/or numbers you want to use on your clock, arrange however looks best, and press firmly in place.


And that’s it.

Pretty simple……and so sweet!




It’s never too early to get started on your next party or celebration – has more project ideas and instructions for you and your kids to make this year – check out projects for Mother’s Day , Father’s Day, graduation, birthday and even summer. Let’s celebrate!

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Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Shaunique says:

    Hi Minakshi

    I will tell you that I made a mistake and got a 3/8 inch clock motor for a 10 inch but it should have been a 3/4.

  2. Minakshi says:

    Hi Ashley,
    Can you tell me please which size of clock motor did you use for this project? If you have item # for that can you provide me please.

  3. Minakshi says:

    Can you please tell me which size of clock motor we needed for this project? If possible can you send me item# for click motor.

  4. Tammy says:

    I love the clock. Can you please tell me if these are different children or are they the same kids at different ages?
    Thank you,

    1. Ashley says:

      These are my 4 different children within the last year.

      Hope that helps!

  5. jade says:

    Hi Ashley

    I totally love this! Can you tell me what size motor kit to use? it has different sizes. thanks


  6. Kara says:

    How do you get the pictures to print in little circles?

    1. Ashley says:

      I used photoshop. But if you don’t have photoshop…..I would suggest cutting out a circle template and place it over each picture after you’ve printed them out, trace around it, then cut each one out. Hope that helps!


    2. Kara says:

      Thank you!

  7. Elise says:

    Awww this is so lovely and a perfect gift, I know if I received this I would love it forever :’)

    1. Ashley says:

      Awwww, thanks Elise!! :)

  8. Bridgette Boudreaux says:

    How cute would it be to take pictures of the kids holding up different numbers or fingers for the numbers on the clock? Thanks for sharing this idea.

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh my word……that would be ADORABLE!!!! Maybe I’ll make one for grandma/grandpa like that!! Thanks Bridgette!

  9. Biao says:

    Ashley, this is so sweet. Do you get the supplies (wooden clock face and clock motor) from Michaels?

    1. Ashley says:

      Yes, I bought everything at Michaels. Pretty simple!

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