Pocket Watch Decor from a Picture Frame

Pocket Watch Decor from a Picture Frame

During a recent thrifting adventure (which was gloriously fruitful!), I found an unusual and unique picture frame. Right off the bat, it reminded me of one of those wonderful old pocket watches- the kind with multiple watch faces keeping time. Of course, when the cashier remarked how unique the frame was and I mentioned the pocket watch familiarity that I was feeling, she looked at me like I was crazy. But that’s ok- I’m used to that by now

Unusual pocket watch look picture frame at Goodwill to be upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

…waiting for me to discover it!

Crazy or not, I couldn’t see it any other way…so I put a plan in motion to transform the picture frame into DIY pocket watch decor…think “industrial / steampunk chic”. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Unusual round picture frame from thrift store to be repurposed into pocket watch steampunk decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ok- let’s see what I can do with this..!

First things first- I had to disassemble the picture frame, which was pretty simple and easy. I unscrewed the top ring, and simply popped out the little frames (or pocket watch faces-to-be). They consisted of a brass-tone metal ring, a convex plastic cover, and paper/cardboard backing.

Disassembling round picture frame for repurposing and upcycling by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Taking it all apart first

I wiped everything down and gathered some paint- a dark metallic bronze for the wood, and an antiqued brass paint to brush on the metal rings.

Pocket watch paint colors!

When all the painting was said and done, this is how everything looked. NOW I could put my pocket watch decor idea into motion!

Ready to start re-assembling!

For the pocket watch faces, I used these amazing images from EPBOT. I saved them, resized to fit my little pocket watch frames, and added arrow “hands” in my photo editing program. Then I printed them out to be used in my pocket watch décor project!

Using vintage watch face clipart from EPBOT for picture frame pocket watch decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Faux watch faces are ok, right?

From there, it was just a matter of cutting them out and re-assembling each mini-frame inside the larger wooden frame.

Creating DIY steampunk style pocket watch decor with a repurposed round picture frame by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

…squealing with delight at the cuteness..!

And. That. Was. It! Instant steampunk chic with DIY pocket watch decor! It’s almost worth me driving back to that thrift shop to show the cashier…but then she’d REALLY think I was crazy…so I’d better not.

Creating DIY steampunk style pocket watch decor with a repurposed round picture frame by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

EXACTLY how it looked in my imagination!

Isn’t it so cool? I honestly don’t even know what I’ll do with it now (as is the problem I face with a lot of projects) but I just had to see if my vision would work out…and I think it did!

Repurposed picture frame as DIY steampunk industrial pocket watch decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Swooning…

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NOW- how about a quick little giveaway? On the same thrifting adventure that I found my pocket watch frame, I found a cheese cloche! And so many of my Facebook readers have mentioned wanting one to repurpose but not being able to find one. So, I promised that if I found another one, I’d buy it and give it away!
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(Giveaway is Open to Residents of the USA, aged 18 years or older only, and will end at 12:00 am ET on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond. Sadie Seasongoods is not responsible for any damage that may occur during shipping. Thank you for your understanding!)

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And if you’re interested in more fun ways to repurpose picture frames, please check out my full collection here!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. When I looked at the finished project, before reading how you made it, I actually thought the clocks/watch faces were real! Good job!!

  2. Kaycee F says:

    You did it again, what a great and unique idea! Love it!

  3. O M G. I love it! And, if you can’t find a place for it at your house, I sure can in mine. :o)

  4. Laura Werley says:

    A very clever mind you have! I love the funkiness of the clocks. I wish I had your computer skills to figure out the re-sizing and the addition of the hands, but maybe I should practice. What program did you use to work with the images? Thanks for another great upcycling project. And I had to smile at the store photo with the frame next to a crockpot. Is your Goodwill really that jumbled?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks, Laura! I use picmonkey (the paid version- but there’s a less-exciting free version, as well). Not all of my Goodwills are that jumbled…but this one sure was!

  5. It reminds me of those displays showing the times in different time zones. Cute.

  6. Well if you’re too shy about showing that cashier how your vision unfolded, I would definitely slip her your business card during the next visit. She’ll be so impressed with what you create with THEIR stuff that word will surely get around among everyone who works there and so on and so on. Pinned because it’s so dang cute!

  7. Debra A Wise says:

    It’s so uniquely you! You always amaze me with your vision and creativity! Great job.

  8. Kathy A. says:

    You did it again, girl! Love it! I bet your thrift shop gets a lot of crazy customers. Next time, ask her if she left her imagination at home that day!!

  9. You are so creative! I never would have thought of that. Now I want to find a frame just like it!

  10. vickie l obrien says:

    Sadie,
    that is so cute!!!! Surely you have some place in your home to display!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you, Vickie! It’s actually on its way to the gal who bought it! I’m trying to be better about selling more of my projects. 🙂

  11. When I saw the first photo, I thought they were real pocket watches! What a great DIY!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Right?? Those pics from EPBOT were perfect because they look real, especially since I downsized them for my project. Thank you so much!

  12. Brilliant! Love the way you think!

  13. Barbara Redman says:

    Fantastic . . . the wheels are turning . . . . wouldn’t this be a great Mother’s Day gift? . . . . I can see the time on each of the clocks as the time of her children’s births . . . . or an anniversary gift with the times of the wedding and special events throughout their lives . . . . yes, wheels turning!

  14. So, so awesome. EVERY. DARN. TIME. Love it!

  15. Sue Pagels says:

    I love pocket watches and especially love your vision!

  16. Ridiculously clever and awesome! You have me brainstorming over what I can print out and use now!

    I’ve featured you in this upcoming weekend’s DIY Salvaged Junk Projects. Thanks for linking up! 🙂

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you, sweet friend! I’m so sorry I’ve been less reliable about your link party of late. I’ve gotten lax in my link party participation, LOL. Appreciate the feature more than you know!

  17. This is truly amazing you are so talented.
    Maria

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