• DIY: Scotch Expressions Tape Clock

    unleash creative scotch expressions washi tape clock diy tutorial

    Post sponsored by Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape

    What time is it? It’s DIY washi tape clock time! The lovely folks over at Scotch® sent us some Expressions Washi tape from their new winter range to play with. I wanted to create something functional and purposeful. As I’m in the process of planning out my new office + studio I thought about what colourful things I could add to the white space and a clock is on my must-have list. So instead of buying something, I thought I’d have some fun creating one using the washi tape.

    Here’s the instructions so you can make one too…

    What you need:

    • Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape in a range of colours and patterns
    • round or square pre-cut MDF shape (I got mine from the local hardware store’s craft section for a couple of dollars)
    • clock mechanism (available from most craft supply stores)
    • clock hands (or you can make your own like I did using cardboard, but I purchased a set of clock hands to use as a template for making the holes)
    • thick cardboard
    • scalpel knife
    • drill
    • black card stock
    • grey-lead pencil
    • ruler

    Let’s get started!

    unleash creative scotch expressions washi tape diy clock tutorial step by step

    Firstly, you’ll want to mark out the centre of your clock face where your mechanism will eventually be mounted. In order to do this you can search online for “how to find the centre of a circle” as there are some great step by step instructions which will help you find the sweet spot. Mark the centre with a grey lead pencil.

    Next, you’ll want to design a pattern. I knew I wanted a geometric design, but wasn’t sure how the idea I had in my head would pan out, but luckily the Scotch® Expressions Washi tape was easily removed from the surface of the clock meaning I could fix any mistakes or remove the tape completely to re-work the pattern and colours.

    If you’re putting down tape parallel, make sure that you go slowly to ensure there are no obvious gaps between the strips of tape. To get a clean line of tape ends on the clock face (if you’re filling in one quarter of the round clock face as I did), put down a guide line of tape which will act as your straight line. Run strips of tape perpendicular to the guide line, but overlapping it. Once you have finished putting your strips down, use a scalpel knife and ruler to trim off the ratty ends and peel off the excess.

    In order to neatly trim the excess around the outside of the clock face, turn it over (face down) and slowly follow the shape of the clock with a scalpel knife. If you try to do it from the front, you will get lots of yucky jagged edges.

    When you finish covering the face of the clock, stand back and check that it looks straight. This is the time to fix any funny-looking or wonky bits.

    Grab a piece of thick cardboard and cover it with a piece of contrasting tape along one edge. Flip the cardboard over and using your ruler and a pencil, draw your clock hand. Repeat for a second clock hand (hint: you need one for the hour hand and another for the minute hand). I just used the thickness of tape as a guide for the thickness of the clock hands. When you’re happy with your clock hands, cut them out. Then using your purchased clock hands, transfer the holes (which will feed onto the front of your mechanism) onto the face of your tape clock hands. I did this by pressing my metal clock hands into the front of each tape clock hand so that I could see an impression of the hole. Carefully cut these or use a hole punch in the same size. It’s important to not over-cut the holes as they won’t sit snuggly on the clock mechanism and the time will always read as 6:30pm. Oops.

    Now, back to your clock face. Now that you’ve covered it with tape and it’s looking all snazzy, grab an electric drill (match the size of your drill bit to the clock mechanism thickness to ensure a nice snug fit) and  drill your hole using the pencil mark you made at the start.

    Once your hole is complete, you can insert the clock mechanism from the back and secure it at the front with the nut that it came with. Make sure to follow the instructions with accompanied your clock mechanism as they can differ.

    You’re on the home stretch now. Finishing touches coming up. Feed your clock hands onto the mechanism ensuring you fit them onto the correct positions of the mechanism (hour hand goes on first, then the minute hand). I added the second hand which came with the purchased clock hands to finish it off nicely.

    Then I cut small triangles of black card stock and positioned them at quarter intervals using double-sided tape. But you can do whatever you like with this part. You could cut circles from some contrasting Scotch Expressions Washi tape and add them to where 1 – 12 would normally be positioned. Go crazy and create something fun.

    Now all you need to do is hang that baby and admire your handiwork.

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    It’s important to use thick cardboard for your clock hands as thin cardboard is more likely to warp and bow with any humidity. If you’re not confident, you could tape the original clock hands which came with the mechanism to the back of your made clock hands.

    If you find that your clock hands are slipping off the mechanism giving you droopy hands, gently remove them and add some double sided tape 0ver the holes, then punch them back onto the mechanism. This should hold them tight.

    Check out some other creative ways you can use the Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape

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2 Responsesso far.

  1. Suzanne says:

    Love this clock Mags! Very much my colours and super funky! Will have to give it go :)