Upcycled Lazy Susan Tray into Clock

Happy Labour Day!

I hope everyone had a great long weekend. I took advantage of the beautiful weather yesterday and worked on a few projects on the back deck, including this upcycled aluminum lazy susan tray that I turned into a clock.



It came in a set of two (the other one is much larger and will be upcycled into another project) as shown in this thrifted finds post and they cost $2 for the pair.

It’s a little beat up, but that’s what I love about it. It’s been used and has its own history. I fell in love with the decorative embossing and knew I could do something with it. After a few weeks of working on other projects and thinking about this one, I finally decided to turn it into a clock.



I unscrewed the bottom lazy susan part, being careful not to let the ball bearings fall out.



I taped it up with gorilla tape to keep it together. I’m sure I’ll be using this lazy susan for another project sometime in the future .

I coloured in the rose and leaf embossed detailing with pink and green highlighter markers. They’ll wipe off easily if I want to change it in the future. I bought a $1 thrift store clock so I could use the clockworks for this project. This is much cheaper than buying new clockworks.



Before I could install the clockworks I had to make the hole in the centre of the tray a little bigger. I did this with my drill, making sure to make the hole just big enough for the clock works to fit through.

The clock hands were black so I spray painted them a Krylon watermelon pink. I am a girl who loves pink, but it just didn’t look right. I think having the hands pink took something away from the pink roses.  So I repainted them Tremclad green and I liked it much better. When they were dry I installed them on my clock.


I think my upcycled clock has a vintage feel, and that s-o-o-o works for me. I love that the roses are located perfectly to mark the hours of 3, 6, 9, and 12. Maybe it was always meant to be a clock in its new life. It just took me a while to see it. What do you think?

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  1. Very nice up-cycle. Never thought of painting the designs on aluminum. Great look and great for a clock. Thanks for stopping by Timeless Treasures and leaving such a nice comment.
    Audrey Z. http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com/

  2. Hi Tuula, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Tuula,

    Love your blog and all your thrifty projects. I plan on trying out a few of your great garden ideas.

    Pat, BalmBeach

    1. Hi Pat. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. I really appreciate it. I look forward to seeing some of your projects in the future.

  4. I love this repurpose! I never would have thought to color the metal. Looks amazing. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you tomorrow.