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DIY Da Vinci Canvas Clock And Free Printable

For some crazy reason, I’ve been on a time-focused crafty mission lately. If I’m not making miniature grandfather clocks then I’m channeling my inner muse to put together a Da Vinci canvas clock.

Make a unique statement with this DIY Da Vinci canvas clock. It’s quick and easy to make and the tutorial includes step-by-step instructions along with a free printable. #DIYClock #ACraftyMix #HomeDecor

And unlike the grandfather clock, this one can be made in less than 1/2 hour. It’s one of those super easy do-it-yourself, functional décor ideas. And since it’s homemade you’re pretty much guaranteed that it will be unique too.

Make a unique statement with this DIY Da Vinci canvas clock. It’s quick and easy to make and the tutorial includes step-by-step instructions along with a free printable. #DIYClock #ACraftyMix #HomeDecor

And if Da Vinci doesn’t quite fit in with your décor style you can use any picture or even hand paint a clock face on. The possibilities are endless.

Make a unique statement with this DIY Da Vinci canvas clock. It’s quick and easy and the tutorial includes step-by-step instructions along with a free printable. #DIYClock #ACraftyMix #HomeDecor

Right, before we get to the tutorial, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. And don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss a post!

What you need

What you need to make the Da Vinci clock

How to turn a canvas into Da Vinci styled clock

Download the free Da Vinci-styled clock and print on good quality paper. You may need to resize the printable to fit on your canvas. The canvas I had on hand was 30,5mm by 30,5 mm (12″ x 12″) and our printer doesn’t print that wide. I had my Da Vinci clock done at a local print shop. Unfortunately, they had no idea how to resize a picture. Ugh!! I had to settle for a printed image that was about 5 mm smaller than the canvas. UGH!!!

Make a unique statement with this DIY Da Vinci styled canvas clock. It’s quick and easy to make and the tutorial includes step-by-step instructions along with a free printable. #DIYClock #ACraftyMix #HomeDecor

Hopefully, your print shop is a little more clued up. Anyways, in my humble opinion paint fixes everything. To tone down the stark white canvas, I used a little brown craft paint to harmonize the print and the canvas.

Paint the outside edges of the canvas

Artistry Ink was applied over the paint to give it interest and depth.

Use distress inks and paint to disguise the white edges of the canvas

To seal the ink and prevent bleed through and/or smudging seal with a clear, matt sealer.

Seal the distressed ink with a clear matt sealer to prevent smudging

Once the sealer dries, cut out the Da Vinci styled clock face and mod podge it onto the canvas.

Mod podge the Da Vinci clock face onto the canvas

Pro Tip: To avoid wrinkles, I found it is best to do a section at a time starting at the top and working my way down. Roll the picture up so the Da Vinci clock printable faces inwards. Apply a 2” – 3” section of mod podge to the canvas, line up the printable, and roll it down onto the mod podge section. Wait about 10 minutes for it to dry and then repeat working your way down the canvas. Use paper clips to keep the roll “rolled up” and a credit card to smooth the printable as you go. It does take a bit longer but it will save you ripping the whole thing off when those dreaded wrinkles and bubbles raise their ugly little heads.  

Adding the clock mechanism

Once the Da Vinci clock has been glued down, we can add the battery-operated clock mechanism. If you’ve never replaced one, then this video will help out. I used a hole punch to make a hole in the center of the clock face. If you don’t have a hole punch a sharp skewer will work too 😉

Make a hole in the center of the canvas

Flip the canvas over and insert the shaft on the clock mechanism into the hole.

Add the clock mechanism from the back of the canvas

Flip the canvas over again and slide the brass washer over the shaft followed by the dial mounting hex nut.

Gently press the hour hand onto the shaft, followed by the minute hand. Insert the cap nut to secure.

Add the clock hands to the mechanism

And that’s all there is to making a Da Vinci canvas clock. Easy, right?!!

Make a unique statement with this DIY Da Vinci canvas clock. It’s quick and easy to make and the tutorial includes step-by-step instructions along with a free printable. #DIYClock #ACraftyMix #HomeDecor

I haven’t figured out where to hang this one yet. So for now it’s resting on a small wood stool. Using a thick square canvas makes it easy to balance.

Make a unique statement with this DIY Da Vinci canvas clock. It’s quick and easy to make and the tutorial includes step-by-step instructions along with a free printable. #DIYClock #ACraftyMix #HomeDecor

Plus, I really love the chunkiness of this type of canvas.

Make a unique statement with this DIY Da Vinci canvas clock. It’s quick and easy to make and the tutorial includes step-by-step instructions along with a free printable. #DIYClock #ACraftyMix #HomeDecor

Not only is turning a canvas into a clock a unique and functional way to display the time, but the possibilities to customize the theme or style are endless.

Make a unique statement with this DIY Da Vinci canvas clock. It’s quick and easy to make and the tutorial includes step-by-step instructions along with a free printable. #DIYClock #ACraftyMix #HomeDecor

If you like the idea of making a Da Vinci canvas clock, don’t forget to pin the tutorial for later.

Make a unique statement with this DIY Da Vinci canvas clock. It’s quick and easy to make and the tutorial includes step-by-step instructions along with a free printable. #DIYClock #ACraftyMix #HomeDecor

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Make a unique statement with this DIY Da Vinci canvas clock. It’s quick and easy to make and the tutorial includes step-by-step instructions along with a free printable. #DIYClock #ACraftyMix #HomeDecor

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And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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Comments

  • Posted: May 6, 2021 20:58

    Kim

    You are an amazing artist, my friend! This is beautiful.
  • Posted: May 6, 2021 13:02

    Meegan

    I absolutely LOVE clock faces. This is just about as fun and creative as can be. I love the layers of colors and the real-like clock printable. So original, Michelle!
    • Posted: May 8, 2021 19:11

      acraftymix

      Me too Meegan. I never wear a watch but give me a clock I can hang on the wall and I'm sold
  • Posted: May 4, 2021 16:31

    [email protected]

    Great idea! Love that you added function to art.
  • Posted: May 4, 2021 03:53

    Anita Holland

    Your clock looks really pretty, you captured the di Vinci style perfectly. I bet it looks awesome in your rondavel.
    • Posted: May 5, 2021 15:58

      acraftymix

      It does ;-) Thanks so much Anita
  • Posted: May 3, 2021 22:06

    Marie B.

    A canvas clock DaVinci style - very cool idea, Michelle! What a great gift idea too. At just a half-hour to make, "you get a cool clock" "and you get a cool work of art"
    • Posted: May 5, 2021 15:59

      acraftymix

      The best of both worlds, functional art always works for me.
  • Posted: May 3, 2021 20:48

    Maria

    What a beautiful work of art! You are so talented!
  • Posted: May 3, 2021 18:26

    Nancy Sargent

    What a fun project! I love that you can do the same technic with any kind of print to create your own one of a kind art work! Thanks for sharing!
    • Posted: May 5, 2021 17:04

      acraftymix

      It does open up so many possibilities and it's so very easy too.
  • Posted: May 3, 2021 17:25

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    That is sooo cool! I adore the clock but love the background of the canvas as well. Very unique orginal. 💖
    • Posted: May 10, 2021 17:13

      acraftymix

      I had so much fun playing around with the Da Vinci overlays on this one. He's one of my all-time favorite artists/scientists/inspiring people.
  • Posted: May 3, 2021 16:46

    Sherry Denise Cole

    This is such a clever idea! Plus it is beautiful. Great job.
  • Posted: May 3, 2021 15:59

    Deana Landers

    This is really pretty, Michelle. And it's simple so even I can do it. Thank you
    • Posted: May 5, 2021 17:02

      acraftymix

      You're welcome, Deana. Glad you liked it

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