Interiors

DIY | Concrete Cutlery Kitchen Clock

Concrete Cutlery Kitchen Clock – what a beautiful allusion! And just as beautiful as this trope is (that one’s for you my fellow linguists), it will be an addition to your kitchen interior. Although you do need to prepare a few things for this project, the outcome is definitely worth it! Because this is not only something decorative, it is useful. And aren’t the things that are both useful and beautiful the best things?

So I actually have had the idea for this project for a long time now. Back in 2017 when Chris and I were in Brussels, Belgium, we went into this little restaurant/café thing. As it was raining heavily, we weren’t as picky as usual (okay, I was) and we ended up in that place. And because we were in Belgium, I wanted to try a Belgian waffle, because that’s what you do in Brussels. You eat fries, chocolate, and waffles. Let me tell you this: Out of all the places we could have chosen to eat Belgian waffles, this was one who wasn’t capable of properly doing them. I mean, I know which taste and texture waffles should have. But this, this was a total failure. They were hard, and tasted like paper. 

On the bright side, and, long story short: I discovered this clock on their wall with cutlery instead of numbers. I took a photo, and an idea was born. And that’s how we end up here.

Here’s How You Craft the Kitchen Clock:

You need:

  • 300g of concrete powder
  • Plastic cutlery (please don’t verbally kill me for this)
  • A large piece of cardboard
  • Wire mesh
  • Tape
  • A plastic straw (yes, I know…)
  • Clockwork kit with hands
  • Sharp knife
  • Paper and pencil
  • Wire cutter
  • Sandpaper
  • Hot glue gun
  1. Here we go: Start by drawing the template for your kitchen clock body, which is a twelve-sided figure. You can do so by hand (30° is the angle) or you can download the PDF template below and print it out. Then cut out the template. 
  2. In a next step, transfer the template onto the piece of cardboard. Then, extend the twelve-sided figure on every side by a 1,5 cm wide rectangle (see picture). Next, cut everything out and cover the piece of cardboard with tape. This way the concrete won’t stick to the cardboard.
  3. Next, fold up the little extensions of the twelve-sided figure and tape them together, so you have a casting mold you can fill. 
  4. Now, measure out how thick your kitchen clock body can be. Usually they tell you so on the clockwork kit. Now take this measurement and cut off a piece of plastic straw in the same length. Then glue this piece to the center of your mold.
  5. As a last step of preparation, cut a piece of wire mesh to fit into your mold. As the concrete body of the kitchen clock will be relatively thin, we need reinforcement. Otherwise, the concrete will most certainly break (trust me, it did happen to me). Place this piece of wire mesh into the mold.
  6. Time to mix the concrete! I needed about 300 g of concrete powder and about 30 ml of water, but make sure to follow the instructions for your concrete. After mixing the concrete, carefully pour it into the mold and let it dry for at least 24 hours.
  7. Now it’s time to carefully remove the body from its mold and grind it off with sand paper. You might want to work on the hole for the clockwork until it fits perfectly. 
  8. With the hot glue gun, attach the plastic cutlery on the back and the twelve sides of your body. I alternated knife and fork, but you can include a spoon as well.
  9. In a last step, install the clockwork and the clockhands and hang your new kitchen clock up on your kitchen wall!

For your Pinterest Board:

Whew, reading all those steps I think this project has been one of my more elaborate ones. But I think it’s definitely worth it – I mean, it does look rather precious with the concrete, doesn’t it? And because I have been putting this whole kitchen clock thing off for a rather long time, I’m proud that I’ve actually done it now. Plus, I finally have a real clock in my kitchen and don’t need to check the time on my oven clock. There will definitely be another concrete project for my kitchen in the future, I still have some ideas. In the meantime, check out my other concrete projects, like the doorstopper or the incense holder. I hope I could inspire you!

Here’s the PDF File for your Kitchen Clock Body:

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