How to make a clock?
We like to begin our clock DIYs by dividing the face into 12 equal parts. Tightly wrap your tape measure around the middle and use it to trace a center line in pencil. Make sure to draw these lines lightly so you can erase them later.
Next, wrap your tape measure around the edge of your clock face and make small markings at every 3 and 5/8 inches with your pencil.
Connect your marks by lightly tracing along the tape measure to make 12 equal segments. This just gives us a guideline to work from so our designs can accurately tell time.
Next, lightly mark the sections you want to fill with solid paint or patterns.
Mask off your chosen sections with painter’s tape, making sure to wrap the tape around the edge of the clock face as well.
To stay within sharp boundaries, use scissors to trim the ends of your tape to fit the pie section.
For thin dividing lines, we cut a thin 5mm strip of painter’s tape using a pair of scissors.
We used this thin strip to separate two adjacent solid sections.
For a pie chart design similar to ours, your tape should look like this. Note that we marked some sections with an “X” for solid painting, and others with an “O” for adding polka dots later.
Squeeze out some acrylic paint onto a plate and get ready to start painting!
While painting, make sure to overlap the tape edges to get clean, straight lines later.
Continue the paint around to the edges of your clock so that it looks sharp from every angle.
Paint on one more coat of paint and let dry approximately 20 minutes.
Peel away whichever tape lines interfere with your “O” polka dot sections and make small polka dots using the opposite end of your paintbrush handle. We dipped our paintbrush handle into paint for every polka dot so that they all came out roughly the same size.
To give your dotted sections a clean dividing line, overlap your dots over the edge of the tape.
Let these sections dry for another 20 minutes or so and then peel away the remaining tape.
Once completely dry, remove your pencil lines with a good eraser.
Take a look at that fresh face! We tried out a couple more designs to show you how you can make almost anything with painter’s tape!
This quarter-dipped, quarter-striped design is a cinch for how classy it looks. Once you paint the thin stripes, peel away the tape and re-tape your vertical center line to paint the solid section.