Faux Book Clock for PSA Essentials

faux book clock

Book themed crafts are fun to make, and they blend in with many décor styles.  Be careful though, you can sure ruffle some feathers if you destroy an actual book to make one.  Just ask poor, simple Lauren Conrad.  Good thing she’s pretty.  This Faux Book Clock gives all the enjoyment of the real thing without, you know, the real thing.

To make a Faux Book Clock, you will need:

papier mache book (found at craft stores)



clock mechanism


drill or awl

PSA Essentials stamps and inks

cardboard book

I found this papier mache book in the “Random Stuff You Can Paint On” aisle at Hobby Lobby for $1.29.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it when I bought it, but I knew I would come up with something!  I had fun making a new MCM-style wall clock for my craft room, so I decided to make a tabletop clock out of my faux book.  The inside of the book box was the perfect place to hold the battery pack, so it was a match made in heaven.

watercolored cardboard book

I liked the cardboard texture of the faux book but not the cardboard color, so I attacked it with some of my son’s watercolors.  Yes, the row of preschool paints you can buy at Walmart.  Nothing fancy.  I layered on blues and greens (without too much water) until I achieved a look I liked.

add clock mechanism

After the paint had dried, I stamped on a few numbers using PSA Essentials Vanilla 1-10 stamp pack and the Turquoise ink.  I used an awl to create a hole in the center of the front of the faux book through which I mounted the clock mechanism of a thrifted clock.  You can usually find old, battery-powered clocks at Goodwill for a dollar or two.  Insert a battery, and you have a working clock!

book clock

This simple clock is a fun touch to a bookcase or side table, and one would make a cute gift for a librarian or teacher too!

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Thanks,  Jessica Hill

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