Stencil a clock onto your wall.

How to Use a Stencil to Paint a Clock

by Heather Montgomery

Your life is run by time, time to get up, time to get the kids ready and time to finally put everyone to bed. Even though you have the typical super powers every mom possesses -- eyes in the back of your head -- staying on task without having a clock to check may be an insurmountable task. Instead of buying a boring clock from the local supercenter, you can paint your own clock on the wall to not only keep track of the quickly dwindling minutes in your day, but also add a bit of custom style to any room in your home.

Lay down a piece of contact paper with the paper backing face-up on a craft board. While you can use any type of surface for this project, a craft board self-repairs and protects the finish of the table or counter you use it on while cutting with a craft knife.

Place the stencil down on the contact paper and tape it in place with painter’s tape. Carefully cut around the stencil through the contact paper to make a stencil for the face of your clock. Remove the stencil and trim the contact paper to form a square.

Tape the top corners of the clock face stencil you made to the wall and use a level to ensure the clock face is straight. Tape the bottom corners and the sides to hold the contact paper stencil flat to the wall. Mark the corners with a pencil.

Remove the clock face stencil and carefully peel off the backing; affix the stencil back to the wall, using the corner marks as a guide.

Use a paintbrush and acrylic paint to paint the clock face onto the wall and let it dry. Remove the clock face stencil. The type of method you use when stenciling depends on the final look you want to achieve. Loading the brush with paint and tapping it onto the wall to fill the stencil will result in a flat, even coat of paint. Swirling the brush over the opening and blotting some of the paint off the brush onto a paper towel before stenciling will give the stenciled area a look of depth and wear.

Place the clock stencil onto the wall and tape it into place, aligning the outer edges of the stencil with the painted clock face.

Use a different color acrylic paint and a stencil brush to paint the numbers and tick marks on the clock face. If your stencil has hour and minute hands, do not stencil these onto the wall. You will use a clock mechanism for a functioning clock; allow the paint to dry completely before removing the stencil. Alternatively, use the swirling method of stenciling to simulate the wear and tear of the clock hands' passing over the numbers for years.

Remove the clock mechanism from the packaging and adhere the mechanism to the clock face following the manufacturer's directions.

Items you will need

  • Contact paper
  • Craft board
  • Clock stencil
  • Painter’s tape
  • Craft knife
  • Level
  • Clock mechanism
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paper plate
  • Stencil brush


  • Experiment with the different stenciling methods on a piece of paper before painting onto the wall.
  • If you do not want to use a clock stencil, you can free-hand draw a circle onto the wall or use a compass and stencil numbers, tic marks or any other representation you want for the numbers on a clock. You still attach the clock mechanism the wall in the same manner.
  • If the clock mechanism hands do not match the color of your clock, paint with spray paint.


  • Keep children away from the wall when painting.

About the Author

Based in Lakeland, FL., Heather Montgomery has been writing a popular celebrity parenting blog and several parenting and relationship articles since 2011. Her work also appears on eHow and Everyday Family and she focuses her writing on topics about parenting, crafts, education and family relationships. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in early education from Fort Hays State University.

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