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DIY Atomic Ball Clock Tutorial

DIY: Atomic Ball Clock

Here's a post from OnSugar blog Just 5 More Minutes:

I decided that our Airstream trailer needed an atomic ball clock and since I've been itching to get crafty, I thought I'd give it a try and make one myself. As soon as the trailer makes its way home (it's currently enroute from LA) I'll post pictures of this clock inside of it.

All I needed was:

  1. 12 styrofoam balls
  2. 12 wooden skewers
  3. 1 styrofoam disk
  4. Hot glue gun
  5. Kitchen scissors
  6. Paint
  7. Pretty card stock paper for the face of the clock
  8. Embellishments for the edges of the clock
  9. And of course, a clock mechanism

The whole project cost less than $20.

Continue reading to learn the steps for this fun DIY.

If you want your (ahem) balls shiny, you can get the wooden ones and drill holes to fit the skewers. I was going purely for "lightness" since it was for our trailer, trying to keep it as light as possible and not load it up with too many things. Wish me luck on that one.

Here are the styrofoam balls all nicely skewered, and measured and marked each stick so they would all go in the same depth.


Cut out an opening for the clock.

Eyeball the increments of the skewered balls.

Add some orange acrylic paint (since I have an obsession with the color orange). Notice the paper in the background . . .

Then, cut out the paper in a circle, punch out a hole in the center, and hot glue it to the clock mechanism.

I had fun embellishing . . . now that I look at it, it would have been cool to use numbers instead of those funky shapes, but oh well!

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