Family Photo Clock

Family Photo Clock

Find a new way to display photos and keep track of time with this family photo clock.

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Create a family photo gallery of 12-framed pictures positioned to represent the numbers on a clock face, placed around a functioning clock in the center.

(12) 8”x10” picture frames with optional 5”x7” matting
(12) Family photos to fit in the frames
8”x8” picture frame with 4”x4” matting
Spray glue
8”x8” decorative paper
Drill with 1/8-inch drill bit
Clock kit from a craft store
(13) Small picture hooks
Tape measure


  1. Remove the backboards from your 8”x10” frames and insert a photo into each one. The pictures can be either portrait or landscape, whichever works best with your images. You can also add matting with 5”x7” openings if you have smaller photos you’d like to include in your gallery. Replace the backboards and put frames to one side

Assembling the clock:

  1. Remove the backboard and glass from your 8”x8” frame and safely discard the glass
  2. Spray glue onto the backboard and carefully press the decorative paper over it. Don’t worry if it’s slightly off center — the matting will cover the edges in later steps
  3. Turn the backboard over. To find the center point of the backboard, draw diagonal lines with a ruler to connect opposite corners and make an ‘X’
  4. Drill a 1/8-inch pilot hole through the center of the backboard. Place the matting with a 4”x4” opening in the frame, and then the backboard behind it. Secure in place using the frame’s original hardware
  5. Follow the instructions that come with the clock kit to assemble the clock and attach it to the backboard through the pilot hole

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Placing the pictures on the wall:

  1. Hammer a picture hook into the center of the wall at the height you would like your 12 o’clock picture to hang. Depending on the height of your wall, this might be about 7 to 8 feet from the floor
  2. For your 6 o’clock frame, hammer a picture hook into the wall 3 to 4 feet from the floor, directly underneath the 12 o’clock frame
  3. Measure the distance between your 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock hooks and mark the center point. Hammer a picture hook into the center point and hang the 8”x8” clock frame
  4. For your 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock frames, measure equal distances left and right of your center point and hammer in picture hooks. This will be about 3 feet from either side of the center point
  5. elect 4 frames, either vertical or horizontal, it doesn’t matter which orientation, and hang them on your 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock picture hooks
  6. Now that you have your 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock frames in place, eyeball the positions of the remaining frames between them to complete the clock face. Hang the frames, either vertically or horizontally as you go

Tip: Try to space out your frame orientations so they are randomly placed around the clock face. You can also switch the frames around once all the hooks are in place until they are in your desired configuration.

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