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From Habitat magazine - issue 19

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

Painted slatted clock
The finished clock, on a wall painted in Resene Avalanche. The coat stand is in Resene Southern Cross.

You will need:

How to make slatted clock:

Slatted clock supplies
Step 1
Step 2

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
Slatted clock

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.

Did you know... That Resene has a whole range of DIY and art projects online that you can complete easily in a weekend – and some in an afternoon? Visit

styling: Pippa Fay
pictures: Tony Brownjohn

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