DIY Bicycle Wheel Clock

by Christine DemosJune 7, 2013 had the honor of sponsoring the Creating with the Stars contest on East Coast Creative. We were overwhelmed with the creativity contestants showed with their entry submissions. Over the next few weeks we’ll be featuring the winning projects along with how the contestant completed the project.

Today we’re featuring this amazing bicycle wheel clock from KariAnne at Thistlewood Farms. See how she created this unique clock and how you could create it for your home decor.


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Bicycle Wheel Clock with Yardstick Hands


  • Bicycle wheel
  • Paint stick
  • Can lid
  • Weights
  • Clock kit specifically designed for large hands
  • Yardstick


  1. Purchase a kit from any craft store specifically designed to power big hands.
  2. Remove torque, insert a AA battery and attach to center of bicycle wheel using wire or adhesive tape.
  3. Drill a hole in the center of a paint can lid. The hole should be large enough to fit over the center mechanism of the torque. Place over center spoke of torque.

    Yardstick-ClockWhen you are done it should look something like this.


  4. Cut out yardstick hands. I used a vintage yardstick. Cut longer hand 16″ and shorter hand 8″ long. You may need to adjust length depending on size of bike wheel. Notch out the end of each hand to resemble and arrow and cut small triangles of yardstick and attach to the other end of the yardstick hand to form an arrow.
  5. Drill holes in yardstick and attach parts of clock hands. Drill a hole 5 1/2 inches from the notched end of the longer hand, then drill a hole 1 inch from the notched end of the shorter hand. Cut circles from the hands of the clock kit and hot glue around the holes that you just drilled.
  6. Attach yardstick hands to the center spoke of torque. The center spoke on the torque is designed to have a space between the two hands. This is critical to make sure the hands turn properly. Make sure there is a space as shown in the picture. Attach the washer from the kit to the very top of the center spoke of the torque. Tighten the washer until hands are fastened securely. Depending on the thickness of your yardstick, you may have to countersink the washer to ensure everything fits properly on the center spoke.
  7. Attach weights to the back of the longer hand. Hot glue washers to the back of the longer hand until the hand is balanced properly on the center spoke. We attached four washers, but you may need more or less depending on the weight of your clock hands.
  8. Adjust your hands to the right time using the tiny dial on the torque. Hang on a chalkboard and chalk in some roman numerals.

Telling time has never been so fun!

About The Author
Christine Demos
Christine is the Content Marketing Specialist for She's a small town girl at heart, who currently lives in Norfolk, VA with her husband and their fur baby. When she's not working, she enjoys cooking, decorating, traveling, and binge watching Netflix. As a proud Virginia Tech alum, she also loves cheering on the Hokies!
  • Joyce
    June 24, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    I am having a difficult time finding the clock kit. Where exactly did you purchase the kit from?

    • Leslie Jones
      June 25, 2013 at 8:17 am

      Hi Joyce, I’m not positive where they found their kit, but I did a Google search for ‘Clock Kit for High Torque’ and a few options popped up. That may be the best bet for you. I hope this helps!

  • Cristina
    November 24, 2013 at 6:48 pm


    Just had the same idea but obviously I wasnt the first who though about it…. As Joyce I’m having the same problem, but I will manage to find the right torque somewhere… My question, I might look dumb but, how do I know that the longer hand is well balance?
    Thank you so much for the post 😉

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