Paper Plate New Year’s Clock

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Paper Plate Clock with movable hands & pendulum - A great way to teach time & a cute craft for New Year's Eve

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Before my husband & I had our daughter, New Year’s Eve was a whole lot different from it is today. We used to have a big New Year’s party every year complete with a New Year’s back drop. Our celebration has changed over the last few years. It is a far quieter evening, but has still remained festive and fun only in a much different way.

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Last year we celebrated with friends & the kids almost made it to 11 o’clock.

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11 o’clock last year meant nothing to my daughter as she had very little concept of time, but this year she understands it a bit more & we have been working on our time telling skills. With New Year’s fast approaching, it seemed fitting to make a New Year’s clock. It would be a great craft for the holiday & allow us to continue with our teachings on time.

What you will need:

Paper plates (2 for each clock made)

Construction paper



Split pins



Paint inside of the bottom of a paper plate avoiding the outside edges. Let the paint dry.


Use a marker to write in your hour numbers around the clock.


Cut out clock hands. Make one larger than the other.


Push a split pin through the hands & the paper plate. Secure loosely so that the hands move easily.


Cut a pendulum shape & another shape like shown to house your pendulum. Glue the pendulum housing to the back of the clock face. Center it under the 6 o’clock.



Use another split pin to insert the pendulum to the middle of another paper plate.


Glue the paper plates together while avoiding the area that houses the pendulum.

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Use your new clock to teach your child how to tell time. Hopefully they love changing the time & moving the pendulum as much as my little girl does.


Paper Plate Clock - a time telling craft & activity

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