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This painted slatted clock is so easy for you or the kids to make and has quirky retro appeall

Make a painted slatted clock

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Habitat 19 - Tick tock

This painted slatted clock is so easy for you or the kids to make and has quirky retro appeal.

Resene testpots of your chosen colours. We used Resene Bonfire, Resene Boulevard, Resene Melting Moment, Resene Sandbar, Resene Bittersweet, Resene Flashback, Resene Waterfront, Resene Escape and Resene Clockwork Orange.

  • The Range fashion colours fandeck (once you’ve finished choosing your colours!)
  • Card
  • Paint brush
  • Hole punch
  • A battery-driven clock mechanism and hands – we bought ours from

Step 1
Use a card from a Resene fandeck as a template to cut out nine pieces of card. Paint the cards in your chosen colours.

Step 2
Punch holes in the centre of the cards, 25mm from one end. Start to layer the cards on to the clock mechanism.

Step 3
Finish by screwing the hands on to the top. You may like to place a washer or circular piece of card between the hands and the slats, depending on the thickness of your card and length of the clock mechanism pin.

Clock alternative
If you don’t want to destroy your Resene The Range fandeck, here’s another version with the fandeck cards swapped out for those painted in Resene Alabaster and using Resene Bonfire (red), Resene Clockwork Orange (dark orange), Resene Flashback (lighter orange), Resene Escape (pale blue) and Resene Boulevard.

Other ideas to try
This is a great project for kids to try. They can paint numbers on the ends of the cards, add their favourite stickers or customise the clock by painting their own patterns and artwork on the cards.

Use just two colours or use varying shades of one colour – see The Range fashion colours fandeck for inspiration, particularly in the variety of blues and greens. Or the Resene Whites & Neutrals collection.


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