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Plate Clock


Instead of stashing away a mismatched plate because it doesn't have a place at the dinner table, put it on display. Using a battery-operated clock mechanism, you can turn an antique separated from its set into an unexpected timekeeper to hang on the wall or stand on a table. Thus reimagined, the dish will serve a purpose not only during mealtimes, but all day long.


  • Ruler
  • Felt-tip pen
  • Drill
  • Masonry bit
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Latex paint
  • Mounting hardware or a plate stand


  1. Step 1

    Set plate facedown on a soft work surface, such as a folded towel. Use a ruler and a pen to find and mark the center point. Using a drill fitted with a masonry bit, carefully drill at low speed through the point.

  2. Step 2

    You can customize clock hands, which come in dozens of styles and sizes, to match your dish. Lightly sand the surfaces with fine-grit sandpaper to help them hold paint. Paint hands in a coordinating shade. To create a distressed look, lightly sand again after the paint has dried.

  3. Step 3

    Attach the clock mechanism and hands according to the manufacturer's instructions. Hang clock, or display in stand.

Martha Stewart Living, April 2006

Reviews (3)

  • K8theG8 4 Sep, 2009

    Also a great holiday decoration. Get seasonal or holiday plates and swap them out throughout the year. Or have the kids decorate a plate for the grandparents

  • vickieanne 3 Sep, 2009

    be sure to wear safety goggles

  • BEARSJUSTB-CLAWS 3 Sep, 2009

    What a great idea. Thank you.