DIY Faux Vintage Clock Face Tutorial | Make It For Under $2!

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Do you ever have that one thing you are destined to find, or find more of and just can't? There's a few things that I go into thrift stores and antique stores looking for and seem to never find any. One of those things is a vintage clock face. I found one about two years ago for a pretty penny at an antique store, and I bought it. Since that scratched that itch, I've since been on a hunt to find more but a little cheaper. Earlier this year I shared a tutorial on how to make a clock face from a modern clock look vintage/antique.  Between you and me, the process of doing that with the one I found was a big pain in the butt. It did turn out pretty though. I still go through thrift stores trying to find old clocks to turn into cute vintage clock faces for decor, but have yet to find any since the one in that tutorial. Because of that, I decided to make a faux vintage clock face the easy way...and cheap too! 
Here's the supplies I used:
Drill to drill hole, if wanted
Fine grit sandpaper 

For the supplies, you can get the clock hands, decoupage, and craft discs at Hobby Lobby, stain at Home Depot/Walmart,  but the Rub 'n Buff I've only found online in European Gold. I have linked alternatives above. I had the majority of this on hand besides the clock hands, so it was pretty cheap for me. If all you need is the wood disc and/or clock hands this can be under $2 easily! 

Step 1:
Print the clock face out to size. The true size of the ones linked are 6.5" in diameter. If your disc is 6.5", I would recommend scaling your printer to print at 95% to give room for a gold edge. Cut out the clock face.
Step 2:
Add the decoupage medium onto the wood disc. It's okay if it goes on the whole thing. Place the clock face onto the center and press down, trying to smooth out all wrinkles. Wait to dry.
Step 3:
Add the decoupage medium onto the top of the clock face. All you need is a light coat. Wait to dry, or use a blow dryer to speed up the process.
Step 4:
Lightly scuff up the edges a bit with some fine grit sandpaper if you want to add an extra element of character. I also scraped a little in the middle too.
Step 5: 
Using a paper towel, dab it into the stain and lightly apply it to the clock face. Using another clean paper towel, wipe off the excess stain.
Step 6: 
Using a small paint brush, apply the European Gold Rub 'n Buff to the exposed wood. Make sure to cover the edges as well.
Step 7:
This is a split step. You can now either add a clock hand(s) to the middle of the clock face using hot glue or super glue. Or, you can drill a hole into the middle and keep it empty. Or, I guess at this point, you can add actual working hands onto the clock with at motor :)You can see in the pictures at the bottom of this post how I did the one with just a hole. 
And that's it! It took me about 5 minutes to make just one of these. And when it's cheap, it feels even better! I love how these turned out and are the perfect additions to my decor. 

Here's a look a different styled one. I just drilled a hole in the middle of this one instead, making it look like it lost it's hands. As you can see from the above one, I just added one hand because the others were too long. This gave it a look of a missing hand as well. 

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happy DIYing! Alicia