Feature Friday- Faux Brass Wall Clock

by Susan Myers on September 2, 2011

recycled toilet paper tubes faux brass wall clock

I redecorated my study about a year ago, painting the walls a deep gold and adding a whole wall of bookshelves in a dark wood. The study is where I spend a whole lot of my time as the computer lives there, so I wanted it to be a warm, friendly place.  It is by far my favorite room in the house.

One wall, however, has remained blank as I haven’t come across the right thing to put there.  I wanted some sort of large wall clock- something that made a statement.  So what better way to make a statement than a clock made of recycled toilet paper tubes?  Now, why hadn’t I thought of that before?  Ha!

For this project I used:

One inexpensive plastic clock
About 30 toilet paper tubes
One cereal box
Hot Glue
Antique Brass Metallic Spray Paint
One sheet scrap booking paper
Number decals

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I began by removing the plastic cover from the clock and then cutting up my toilet paper rolls.  I just cut them lengthwise, folded them open and then cut them into approximately 1/4″ strips.  For this project, I did not measure them for exact width because I wanted variety of depth or a more textured look.

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I wanted larger curls, so I used the hot glue gun to glue two strips together before I made each curl.  I then simply curled them around a wooden dowel to create the curls and then glued them onto the sides of the clock.

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A very simple project, actually.  I just kept gluing spirals around the clock, layering them a bit as I worked closer to the clock.  This project is all about texture.

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For the larger spirals around the outside edges, I cut strips of a cereal box and then coiled them just as I had done the toilet paper tubes.

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To ready it for painting, I removed the clock hands and the paper that covered the face of the clock.  And then took it outside for a good coating of Antique Brass Metallic Paint.

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 I won’t lie here.  It took nearly two cans of paint for this project.  My finished clock is 3 1/2 feet in diameter and has tons of nooks and crannies that needed covered.

And here is where I made an error.  I left it in the hot sun to dry.  You see, when I normally work with paper, I use a tacky glue.  In this project, I wanted something that dried more quickly and went with the hot glue.  Seems that a property of the hot glue is that when it gets hot, it melts.  So when I picked it up to take it inside,  I had some issues with pieces dropping off.  I had to re-glue in quite a few places.  So if you decide to make this, be sure to not be a doofus like me and leave it in the sun.  Or use tacky glue.  Whatever works best for you.

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I used the old clock face as a template to cut out a new one out of fancy scrap-booking paper.  And then used number decals for the numbers.

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I chose not to put the plastic cover back on.  I was going for fancy here….

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And the finished piece is complete!  It totally looks like antique brass and matches my study very nicely.  And only weighs the weight of the plastic clock.  I’m very pleased with my final work of art.  I now have a great conversation piece for my study and used up my huge stash of toilet paper tubes at the same time.  You can’t beat that!

Want more ideas for toilet paper rolls?  Check out my Faux Metal Wall Art Tutorial, or my Faux Metal Filigree Frame Tutorial.  Lots of ways to use up that cardboard and make some pretty things!
For over 100 more tutorials for all ages, be sure to visit my Tutorial Page!

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1 Dana January 26, 2015 at 7:47 pm

i am in the process of making this. I would I to send you a pic when done.


2 Susan Myers January 28, 2015 at 1:34 pm

Awesome! Would love to see what you come up with!



3 Sam April 2, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Hi! I’m trying to make this as a 1st anniversary present for my husband and having lots of trouble. I used a hot glue gun and the little spirals keep falling off after the glue dries. I tried gorilla glue an it didn’t work at all. Any suggestions? Also, how do I get the spirals to spread? They mostly just look like circles? Yours looks amazing!


4 Susan Myers April 3, 2014 at 1:21 pm


I’ll try to give some advice, although I have never had an issue with hot glue letting go. Is it not adhering to the clock itself or are the paper spirals not adhering to each other? There are two different types of hot glue (Low temp and High temp). If you are trying to just adhere paper, the low temp is best, but since we have a plastic clock we are adhering to, high temp works best. Here is a link to some hot glue tips: http://bit.ly/PqKcoN

The spirals were made from toilet paper tubes. Cut the tubes once lengthwise and spread them out flat. Cut into 1/4″ strips horizontally. For each smaller curl, I glued two strips together to maker a longer strip. I then wrapped it around a wooden dowel or paintbrush handle tightly. Then let it spring open. There is your curl. For the larger curls, I glued three to four strips together before curling.

Hope that helps. Would love to see your finished project!



5 Anonymous January 29, 2013 at 10:40 am

That looks amazing, though I need a clock similar. I’m going to email this to my sister, she loves all this diy faux brass-y kind of stuff, really :-)

Great post :-)


6 Sanja December 12, 2012 at 7:28 am

This is just incredible! My first thought was: omg, this is an antique filigree metal clock! How on earth can someone do it easy?! But just fantastic! All your ideas, your patience and time you invest into it, and then share it with us is just incredible!
Thank you very much!


7 Suzy December 12, 2012 at 11:32 am

Hi Sanja!

Thank you so much for your kind words! This particular project was fun to make and I love making things from recycled or inexpensive items and making them look expensive. Thank you for stopping by!


8 nevban October 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm

çok güzel olmuş, hemde çok ucuza imal edilmiş tebrikler


9 Sheryll & Critters. October 13, 2012 at 7:29 am

Hey Suzy,

I just found you via Hometalk that had Susan Myers featured. I love your clock. I plan to make it as soon as I save enough toilet paper rolls. I had a few saved and my kitty kats played with them instead of me using them. I save them to throw in my fireplace in winter. I wanted to ask you if I could post a link to here on my Facebook wall? Also would like to know what brand & color paint you used on your office wall? The paint guy said to get a number for the color. I am thinking gold/yellow for mine sometime soon as well and like your colors.

Thanks again,

Sheryll & Critters.


10 Suzy October 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Of course you can post it to your Facebook wall! I am very flattered that you like the project! In answer to your question, the paint I used for this project was Rust-Oleum Metallic spray paint, color #7274 Antique Brass Metallic.

Hope that helps!


11 cecilia October 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm

This is incredible! Thanks for sharing.


12 Paula August 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm

c’est une merveille , bravo !!!
j’aime beaucoup


13 anjali February 28, 2012 at 2:51 am

Very pretty! Great idea!


14 Sarah Clock January 16, 2012 at 1:18 am

you did a great job! at first i thought that was really brass. so creative!


15 Anonymous November 11, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Beautiful! Inspiring!


16 alanay November 8, 2011 at 8:13 am

muhteşem.bayıldım ben bu saate.bravo size.


17 Katia Santos October 8, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Que trabalho mais lindo!!
Quanta imaginação!
Quanta criatividade!
Amei, obrigada por partilhar.


18 AmieAnn September 11, 2011 at 11:31 am

I don't think you could be anymore awesome if you tried! Your toilet paper roll designs are just Amazing! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next!


19 Camille September 9, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Oh my gosh- if you wouldn't have told me that you used toilet paper rolls, I would have never known!! it looks amazing!!! Thank you so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We would love to have you come link up again tomorrow!
Camille @


20 Kids craft ideas September 9, 2011 at 6:40 am

Great tutorial. Love it, thanks for sharing


21 Meg September 8, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Fancy-schmancy! I love it! What a great idea to fancy up and old clock AND make a statement piece to your room! Great job!


22 Tasha Anderson September 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm

tell me it isn't so…..a t.p. tube clock??? I LOVE IT!!!! I want to make a mirror like that! No more tossing my tubes!!!
Thanks for sharing at Haute Stuff Thursday.


23 Comeca Jones September 8, 2011 at 12:40 pm



24 gail September 7, 2011 at 2:23 am

that's one amazing clock! :)


25 Mindie Hilton September 6, 2011 at 11:56 pm

You blow my mind! Incredible. Thanks for sharing at Bacon Time. :)


26 creativejewishmom/sara September 6, 2011 at 11:39 am

wow, really amazing! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!


27 c.w.frosting September 5, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Great TP roll project! Looks just like metal!

-caroline @ c.w.frosting


28 Just Jaime September 5, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Very pretty! Great idea!


29 Αναστασία September 4, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Fantastic!!!!! Mοναδικό!!!! Kisses from Greece!


30 Nat September 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm

This is beautiful! I am totally impressed that you did this with toilet paper rolls! I am hosting a Mirror Week over at my blog starting today {and any other wall art projects}! Feel free to head over there and link this gorgeous brassy sunburst clock up! :)


31 My'scardcorner September 4, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I love it must of taken ages would never of thought of saving or using toilet paper holders like that well done you.


32 Peggy September 3, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Very cool!!!


33 Candace @ Candace Creations September 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm

SOOOOOO cool! love that you recycled and made somethine AWESOME! This would be perfect to link up to Scrapp Saturdays!

head on over to Scrappy Saturdays @ candacecreations.blogspot.com


34 The Answer Is Chocolate September 3, 2011 at 2:47 pm

WOW! This is just spectacular! I will never look at toilet paper tubes the same way!


35 Penny A September 3, 2011 at 2:18 am

This is extremely cool :-) I am a new-comer to your blog, and every post has been incredible! Many thanks for all the "hamster-wheel-brain" fodder ;-)


36 Lori September 2, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Very cool! Thanks so much, this just might work for my living room clock! I can't find one I like. found you at inspire me fridays


37 Vixen September 2, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Very cool!! Looks fabulous! I found you at Frugalicious Me and I'm your newest follower! Thanks for sharing!!


38 Molly Smith September 2, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Double WOW, Suzy! What an amazing look you created. After seeing your main photo I would have never known TP-rolls :) Thanks for the no-hot-glue drying outside tip. I would be one to try it too! Thanks for sharing your clock masterpiece. Love-love it!


39 somedaycrafts September 2, 2011 at 4:15 pm

You did it again! This is amazing.
I will feature this tonight at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com


40 Michelle L. September 2, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Looks great, I love the color! Thanks for tip about hot glue…hee!


41 Whimsy-ma-blog September 2, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Love it! And I can relate to the hot glue in the sun issue. Want to know how well my fall wreath went last year (held together with hot glue) once I hung it on our west-facing front door? Yeah, like a real fall tree dropping it's colorful leaves every time we opened the door. Oops.


42 chillin with Quillin September 2, 2011 at 2:43 pm

wow, awsome, love it!!!!!


43 Bethany September 2, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Woooooowwwwww!!!!I love it!


44 Mª Reyes September 2, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Es una maravilla!!!Besos


45 Nobodys Nothings September 2, 2011 at 1:33 pm

that is pretty amazing!


46 Ladybrinx September 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Very nice!


47 deb September 2, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I love it Suzy! Your fascination with toilet paper tubes is just amazing!! LOL!


48 Sandi Smith September 2, 2011 at 11:53 am

wow…that is one awesome clock…love it!


49 Mαρία September 2, 2011 at 11:25 am

I love it!!!!!


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