It’s Game Time: Domino Clock

It’s Game Time: Domino Clock

My husband, Jon, is a game guy- computer games, board games, card games…the more strategy, the better. To combine my love of vintage with his love of games, our home office is decorated with old wooden game boards from the 1930s-1950s. They make for great wall décor and it’s been a fun challenge to hunt them down.

So when I ran across this domino clock idea on Pinterest, putting it on my project to-do list was a done deal.

I found old wooden dominos several months ago at a cute shop in Pendleton, SC and tucked them away in my Craft Room. But I didn’t find the perfect clock face until very recently- a round cutting board from the thrift store! For $1.50, this little teak cutie was going to be PERFECT for the job.

Top side (Clock-face-to-be)

Top side (Clock-face-to-be)

Underside, which needed just a little TLC. And yeah, I have no idea what happened to that melted rubber foot.

Underside, which needed just a little TLC. And yeah, I have no idea what happened to that melted rubber foot.

This is the kind of project that goes quickly once you have all the perfect parts. First, I gave the cutting board a good scrubbing after removing the rubber feet and stickers. Then I rubbed it with a little wood oil to give the grain a nice color. Nest step? We drilled a hole in the center of the cutting board (after measuring several times to ensure we were centered). This is where the clock kit will go (available at Wood Craft and various craft stores).

I think Jon secretly looks forward to drilling opportunities.

I think Jon secretly looks forward to drilling opportunities.

Then, I glued the dominos around the center of the cutting board. And yes, I double- and triple-checked that I was gluing them in the right order.

I started with 12, 3, 6, and 9...made it easier to fill in.

I started with 12, 3, 6, and 9…made it easier to fill in.

All done- ready to get clocked!

All done- ready to get clocked!

After the glue had set, I put together the clock kit- super easy!! And how awesome is it that the mechanics/battery fit perfectly in the cutting board’s “cubby” on the back??

Crafting kismet!

Crafting kismet!

Time to add the hands...

Time to add the hands…

And then just like that, I had a clock! Complete and utter cuteness, I just love it- and more importantly, so does Jon.

Tick tock love clock.

Tick tock love clock.

This will be absolutely perfect in our office- I can’t wait to hang it!

Craft on!



  1. This is a great idea for a game room. I love it. Pinning it and hopefully someday I can try to make one. Thanks.

  2. This is an awesome idea! So cute for my family of game players!

  3. Very clever! I love it!

  4. Very Cute! I’m giving you a shout-out on FB now –

  5. That is SUCH a cool/clever idea. I will be keeping my eyes open for the bits to give this a go. It would be a perfect house warming present for those annoying people who already have everything!

  6. oh this is too cool! I love this! What a brilliant idea and so fun too :) Even if you are running late, this clock will make you smile!

  7. This is SOOO creative! I never would have thought to use dominos on a clock! Awesome job, would look so cool in a game room! Thanks for sharing! Visiting from Inspire me Wednesday. :)

  8. I love this idea! It turned out great. Thanks so much for sharing with us at The Makers. :)

  9. Wow. I would never think to use dominoes this way. How creative! I love it, thanks for the share :)

  10. This is such a great idea – I love it! I’m visiting from the Creativity Unleashed Party :)

  11. Love this – it reminds me of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s clock designs.

  12. This is so cute! I’m sure it looks great in your game-themed office. I know a few commenters have mentioned a game room, but I think this would also be cute in a kid’s room.
    Found you at Show-licious! :)

  13. This is such a clever upcycle idea! Thanks for sharing it over at The Makers!

  14. I saw your post on Flamingo’s Toes site. I think this is a great idea for a game room and I like the way yours turned out. Your link caught my eye because I saw a very similar clock this past weekend at an estate sale I went to!

    • says:

      Thank you, Bev! It’s definitely perfect for a game room- or even a kid’s room! Appreciate the sweet comment. :)

  15. One day when I have the time (ha ha) I’m going to do this – Love this domino clock!

  16. This is simply genius – really !!!
    Beautiful job!

  17. My husband would LOVE this!!!

    (visiting from The Creative Collection link party)

  18. Thank you for sharing your fantastic blog post on #TheWeekendSocial! I adored it and hope to see you this Thursday at 9 Pm! I am excited to see what you will bring this time!!!

    Heidy L. McCallum

  19. What a great idea. Looks awesome.

  20. says:

    My husband loves playing dominoes. This would be such an awesome gift for him:)

  21. This is such an awesome DIY! #KatherinesCorner

  22. This is so cute. Love it!!

  23. Love your clock, different and so darned cute. I have lots of dominoes, not wood ones but they are dominoes. Just need the clock and the face. Sure we can scrounge up something to use from our pile of wood, pallets. Would be great gift. Happy Fall and weekend Pinning

  24. How creative. I love this project. Great job!

  25. Such a cute idea.

  26. Super cute and very creative!

  27. Love your diy! Pinned. and giving your project a shout out. Theresa Thanks for sharing at the party @DearCreatives


  28. I love this idea! I know someone who loves playing Dominos, so this would make a great gift!

  29. What a fun idea! Super creative and awesome sauce!!! :)
    xox, Crystelle

  30. This is awesome! I love that you used an old cutting board and turned it into a clock, and the dominoes make it look really cool. Thanks for sharing, stopping by from #MomTimeThurs!

  31. Super fun clock! I love the whimsical look of the domino pieces.

  32. Cute idea. I will pin this to my DIY gift board.

  33. I love this! I’ll be featuring your clock at tonight’s What’s YOUR Prodigal Piece? link party!

  34. Fun! I love the domino tiles as the numbers.

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