DIY Geeky Clocks: Settlers of Catan & Magic the Gathering
Today’s DIY nerdy craft tutorial will cover how to make your own geeky wall clock. My two clock examples are Settlers of Catan and Magic the Gathering themed, but this easy project can be customized for your favorite fandom too! Keep reading to find out more about how to make these fun fandom clocks.
Magic the Gathering Clock Materials:
- Clock movement mechanism
- Clock hands (May come with your mechanism. I purchased separate, larger ones for my builds)
- Clock base (I used a 10″ wooden disk)
- Clock “time indicators” (I used D20 dice)
- E6000 glue
- Drill (with bit size equal to the size needed for your clock movement mechanism)
- Paint, stain, glue, iron-on transfer paper, or whatever you want to decorate your clock base
1. Find the center of your clock base and drill a hole to insert the clock movement mechanism through.
2. Decorate your clock base if you don’t plan on leaving it ‘natural.’ You could stain it, paint it, glue and seal scrapbook paper using Modge Podge, engrave it, or use an iron-on transfer like I did.
*I forgot to take photos of my iron-on process, but I followed the sames steps I took in my Lord of the Rings Tote Bag and Geeky Love Quote Collage tutorials. Check them out if you need further insight into the iron-on process. Using this method on wood creates a rustic (not-quite-perfect) effect.
*Note, if your time indicators are not flat, like mine, make sure your clock hands are short enough so that they’ll still have free range of movement around the clock face.
I used D20 dice collected from various Magic the Gathering set prereleases. We have so many at our house, I figured it’d be a good use for a handful of them, plus it’s a great way to highlight them. I would recommend E6000 as a glue option.
Don’t have dice or want to highlight a different fandom? Use different items for your number indicators:
-Lego blocks or Lego mini figures
-Small mosaic tiles in the shape of Tetris pieces
-Small collectible figures or other board game pieces
Settlers of Catan Clock Materials:
1. Pick your 7 tiles, arrange them together, then trace and cutout (I used a box cutter) the shape in your clock base material.
2. Glue your tiles onto your clock base, then drill a hole through the center for your clock movement mechanism.
3. Measure and space out your number tiles, then glue in place (E6000 glue). I used an extra robber playing piece I had for the number 7 and a city piece for the number 1. You could also utilize the extra, blank number tiles or dice for these “time indicator” spots.
4. Assemble your clock movement mechanism with the clock base.