I just love papercut details. They lend a very unique, delicate feel to each project it’s applied to. I definitely enjoy drawing flowery shapes as well – so I decided I would make something with both of these. I also needed a new clock, so I made one with a flowery papercut! Follow the step-by-step tutorial on how to make a clock, and of course – download the free template so you don’t have to draw your own flowery shape!
- Darice MDF Wood Round Plaque.
- Acrylic Paint in Brown and Tan.
- Darice Paintbrush.
- Sanding Block.
- Box Cutter or Craft Knife
- Darice Clock Kit.
- Flower Papercut PDF Template or SVG Cutting File.
- Matte Sealer.
Step 2. Drill a hole in the middle for your clock movement. Different clock movements have different shaft diameters, check and ensure the hole you make is just right for your clock movement.
Step 3. Paint your clock face with a mix of tan and brown paint. Use pieces of toilet paper or paper towel to blot off the excess paint in a horizontal motion, to give you a streaky effect. You want the paint to be darker on the edges as well.
Step 4. Use a sanding block to weather the edges of the clock face and give it a more defined look. Sand the surface lightly as well.
Step 5. Cut your paper using the printable template provided. This will take some time and patience but it’s worth it. You can also use a die-cutting machine to speed up the process. This how to make a clock tutorial also includes a free SVG file for you to download and use with your die-cutting machine. Of course, re-size your cut as needed to fit the surface of your clock proportionally.
Step 6. Glue down the papercut detail onto the face of your clock. I used matte mod podge to adhere my papercut detail, but you can use any kind of glue, as long as you cover the whole back of your papercut so it lays flat. Paint a thin topcoat to protect the papercut detail from dust and other particles as it will be an open-faced clock. You can paint numbers or markers before you do this, but I chose not to since I wanted the papercut detail to be the focal point.
Step 7. The last step to this how to make a clock tutorial is to attach your clock movement by following the instructions on the package. If the shaft is too long, you can space it on the back with something thick, such as a water bottle cap.
If you’re looking for more papercut projects, check out this DIY night light lantern tutorial. Happy crafting, friends!
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Aki is an avid DIYer at heart. She documents her crafting adventures over at Minted Strawberry where she shares various DIYs – but mainly focusing on jewelry, clothing and accessory crafts. She also shares printable cards, wallpapers and other graphic work. She loves trying out new craft materials, processes, and learning about new ideas.