Simple instructions for making a creative and decorative star-shaped clock.

Creating a star clock for a child can be a fun and creative DIY project. A DIY star clock is not only a creative and fun activity that a child can take part in creating, but on completion, it can be an appealing decoration. Conveniently, your star clock can also be a great learning tool, perfect for kids who are learning how to tell time. With the proper, easy-to-find supplies and a little creativity, you can easily and successfully create a kids’ custom star clock.


  • Large paper mache star shaped box, box top included
  • Insertable clock hands
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush
  • White gloss base paint
  • Assortment of acrylic paints
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Number stickers

Step 1:

Remove box top. Position clock hands inside the star-shaped box top, as close to the middle of the star as possible. With a pencil, mark the spot where you want the clock hands to be inserted.

Step 2:

Use scissors to punch a hole through the pencil marking that you previously made.

Step 3:

Paint the entire outside of the box and box top with one coat of a white or light-colored gloss base paint. This will create an even base color that will allow acrylic paints to be applied smoothly and show up easily. Let the paint dry overnight.

Step 4:

Paint your star clock, apply designs and patterns with acrylic paints. You can use any color combinations and any patterns you choose. Allow paint to dry completely.

Step 5:

Stick on number stickers on the front of the star box. For proper and accurate placement of numbers, use a clock as a guide.

Step 6:

Glue on embellishments of your choice to the front of the clock with hot glue. Embellishments can include big rhinestones, felt craft cut outs or wooden craft shapes.

Step 7:

Insert the clock hands in designated hole made during step one.

Quick Tips:

  • In this activity, the box top will be the front of the clock, and the bottom portion of the box will be the back of the star clock.
  • All supplies can be found in craft stores.
  • During step two, when punching the hole through the star box, use the scissors carefully.
  • If you’re not confident with your freehand painting skills, feel free to use stencils to assist with painting your star clock.
  • Words, brief phrases, geometrical designs, and whimsical designs can all be painted onto your clock.
  • During step six, refrain from gluing small embellishments onto your star clock, they can be hazardous to young children.

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