Published on August 30th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Custom Crazy Clock

Materials: TAJMA wall clock ($9.99), Scissors, fabric glue, fabric, an inexpensive paintbrush, paper adhesive (such as double-sided tape), computer drawing program (such as Photoshop, Paint, GIMP, etc.), a box cutter, and small hand saw.

Description: Hi! I wanted a bright, fun clock for the pop-art inspired home office we decorated (a previous Ikea Hacker post), but didn’t find anything I really liked. After making curtains and pillows from Ikea fabric, I had some left over and though it would be the perfect pattern on the clock.

Using Ikea’s TAJMA wall clock for only $10, I created a fun and coordinated clock for this home office. I almost opted for using cut up strips of an Ikea catalogue as I was inspired by another Ikea Hacker post I read this morning (Ikea catalogue curtains – genius!), so any fabric or paper will do just fine.

See the step by step guide for the personalised clock.

~ Form & Function

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Jules Yap

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13 Responses to Custom Crazy Clock

  1. Anonymous says:

    That looks great, I love what you did to the clock.

    People should think out of the box more often :)


  2. Anonymous says:

    Have you got the fabric reference? I can not find it on the ikea site (I’m in France)

    • HI! Unfortunately I don’t believe they sell that fabric any longer. When I purchased it last year, I bought what was left on the roll and they didn’t have any more, and couldn’t locate any in any nearby locations. Perhaps a store near you may still have some. The end of the fabric says “Design: S Edholm/L Ullenius 2008 IKEA of Sweden AB” and there were at least three versions of this fabric…color, blue tones, and greyscale. There were a few other patterns in the series as well.

  3. Pierre says:

    So cool!!!! It looks great and it is one of a kind! What a way to ‘hack’ a simple clock into a unique decorative accent.
    I’d like to see your site to get more ideas. Thanks,

  4. Thanks for the nice comments! It’s a great way to repurpose the leftover fabric from the pillows to make something custom.

  5. Mel says:

    Awesome job, looks fantastic, great hack

  6. Anonymous says:

    This would also work with washi tape – would look awesome!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Decorating something is not a “hack”.

    • Zulaya says:

      This comment has been removed by the author.

    • Zulaya says:

      Ok, That wasn’t the look I was going for lol.

      The original Reply read: Thank you!

      When it posted, I noticed it was unclear whether I was saying thank you to Anonymous 1 or Anonymous’s reply to the comment. I was replying to the reply. As in “Thank you! I am glad you found a reference to use as a reply to one of the most common, most annoying comments I see on this website!” Why does anyone even bother to comment that something isn’t a hack? Just to make someone feel bad? Or is it to prove some weird superiority by criticizing someone else’s work?

      I for one thought the clock was beautiful, and it’s a brilliant way to make generic ikea stuff truly YOU. So thank you, OP, for this lovely hack!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I’m sure you’d be able to sell this on eBay or etsy. It’s terrifical!

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