DIY Custom Vintage Tray Clock

Back in the day…(do your kids say that?)…our grandmothers and our great aunts…

DIY Vintage Tray Clock

got together at the county home extension service…

Centering Mechanism

and they made decorative aluminum trays.

Preparing Clock Numbers

They stamped flowers and leaves into the aluminum.  I wish I knew how to do that.  Don’t you?

Preparing Clock Parts

And they ruffled the edges.

Gluing Clock Numbers

They kept their hand-made trays all of their lives, and then passed them down to their daughters.

And their granddaughters.

Granddaughters sometimes appreciate treasures too much to put a hole in something their grandmother made with her own hands.

So sometimes granddaughters find a smaller one at the Salvation Army store for a dollar.  Can you imagine someone discarding one of these?

When they could have kept it…to appreciate the craftsmanship…the treasure of it…or made a clock out of it.

It becomes a timeless treasure that tells the time.

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Comments

  1. says

    No, I CAN’T imagine anyone discarding one of those. They must have not known the history behind it. That’s the only excuse I can possibly conjure up on their behalf. I know it would have been a forever treasure in my house!!!

    That’s really cool what you did with that one, Kim! It repurposes the item in a “modern” way that everyone can enjoy.

    • says

      Thank you Alycia. I still need to hang my clock on the wall, but I’m enjoying it propped up on my kitchen counter so much right now! I see these at antique malls often, so plenty of people discard them, it seems.

  2. says

    Wow! I see lots of those at sales and never knew they were not factory produced! Thanks for the History lesson. Love the clock!

  3. says

    I love it. I never go to antique malls, not even sure we have them here in my area. Where did you get the guts for it? I am thinking of sanding and spray painting and old rusty tin Christmas tray and using it. I really need a couple of clocks so this would be nice for me.

    • says

      My clock mechanism came from an antique mall. Strange, I know..I’ve seen them at Wal-Mart, too. I think they’re in the craft area, but I’m not sure. Hey, you can make lots of things into a clock. Keep me posted. 🙂

  4. says

    OK, I feel so stupid because I did not know those were hand made! That is so cool, and the next time I see one I’m gong to snap it up. I love what you did with the clock mechanism. Perfect!

  5. says

    That is so cool! I have one of those trays gathering dust in my basement. I host a party on Tuesday called The Gathering Spot and would love it if you’d share something. Thanks for joining us at the Let’s Get Social Sunday link party! Have a wonderful week 🙂 Diane @MamalDiane

  6. says

    I LOVE it, Kim!!! I’ve seen these trays and I never, ever, knew this bit of history. One wonders if the stories have gotten lost and thus your terrific find in thrifting. I’ll be keeping my eye open for these trays now.
    Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday!!
    Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!