(diy tutorial) father’s day photo clock

I busted out the Mod Podge and a power tool for this project, which always makes for fun times! Since Logan was born, my dad only has one request for birthdays/Father’s Days/holidays. He only wants a photo of Logan. I’ve done photo calendars, photo mugs and a DIY photo canvas. For Father’s Day this year I decided to make him a photo clock, for him to hang in his man cave garage. Soon, everything he owns will have Logan’s photo plastered on it! This is a super easy project, don’t be intimidated by the drill. You can always get a pre-drilled plaque, but the drilling is my favorite part. Happy Father’s Day to all of the amazing dads out there (especially my dad)!

Wooden Plaque (found at most craft supply stores)
Drill (or pre-drilled wooden plaque)
Photo (large enough to cover the size of your plaque)
Clock Parts (found at most craft supply stores)
Mod Podge
Sponge Brush
Pen or Pencil
Acrylic Paint (optional)
Step 1: Drill a hole in the center of the wooden plaque, large enough for the clock pieces to fit through. You can find pre-drilled plaques at most craft supply stores if you don’t have a drill. Optional: Paint the plaque with acrylic paint. I preferred the unfinished wood look for my clock.
Step 2: Trace the plaque onto the back of the photo. Cut around the markings, so your photo fits on the top of the plaque.
Step 3: Mod Podge the photo to the plaque. Once dry, you can use a nail file to file down the photo edges. Use a pen or pencil to punch a hole through the center of the photo, where the pre-drilled hole matches up.
Step 4: Once Mod Podge is dry, attach clock parts to the wooden plaque according to directions on the package. Give to dad or grandpa for Father’s Day!
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I'm Vanessa and it's my mission in life to spread my love of hot glue guns and glitter to others. I suffer from craft ADHD, regularly working on at least 10 projects at the same time and my craft room looks like a tornado hit it. My first craft book, Party in a Jar, was published in 2014. I look forward to crafting with you!


  1. Sandy says

    I think I have told you in the past how much I love Mod Podge so this post makes me happy. Got to try it!! Thanks for your great idea.

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