A Clock Transformation

Hello and welcome to my new blog! This blog will be dedicated to creating unique projects using a Silhouette electronic cutting machine. I own the Silhouette Cameo but the Silhouette Portrait should work for most of the projects I will post.  You will find projects for the home, party ideas, sewing projects, and crafts for kids.

Let’s get started! The first project I will share is this clock transformation.







1. Clock

2. Paint for clock frame

3. Spray Glue

4. Card stock

5. Adhesive card stock

6. Silhouette Cameo, cutting board, and spatula

I bought a $3.00 clock from the dollar store and took the face and hands off. This was a very simple procedure.


Next, measure the circumference of the circle and record the measurement. Be sure to find the EXACT measurement as your Silhouette cutter is extremely precise. You will want your new clock face to cover up the all of the original face. I like to use a sewing measuring tape so it can bend into the frame of the clock.


I then painted the clock frame a glossy black making sure to choose a paint that can adhere to plastic. I used an enamel paint.  While the paint dried, I designed my new clock face in the Silhouette Studio software. Begin by drawing a circle using the Draw an Ellipse icon on the left side of the screen. Next, open the Scale Window and adjust the width and height of your clock face to the measurements you recorded earlier.



Find the middle of the circle and place a very small circle in that spot. I used the grid marks in Silhouette Studio to determine the center. For simplicity, I decided to put only the numbers 3, 6, 9, and 12 on my clock face. I thought it would look interesting to replace the 9 with a shape from the Silhouette Online Store. I chose Birds on a Branch #41338. Open the Replicate Window and Mirror Left the Birds on a Branch shape so that the branch appears to be growing from the center of the clock and out to the number 9. Delete the original image. I used the Baskerville font for the clock numbers with a text size of 180 pt.

Next, I wanted the Birds on a Branch shape to include the outline of the center hole of the clock. This way, there would not be extra bulky paper around the clock hands. Make a copy of the small middle circle, located in the center of the large clock face circle. Take this copy and place it at the end of the tree branch, as seen in the picture below. Then, open the Modify Window and then choose Subtract. What you will be left with is the Bird on a Branch with an indentation of middle small circle.

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Move all numbers and the Birds on a Branch shape off of the cutting board, leaving just the face of the clock. Click the Send to Silhouette icon on the top left of screen. Adjust cut settings to accommodate your chosen media. I used a medium weight card stock that had a subtle print. Next, cut the birds and numbers from a contrasting colour. I used black adhesive-back card stock (pictured below).


The next step is to put the clock together making sure that your paint has thoroughly dried. I glued my clock face with spray adhesive. I find it has an excellent adhesive quality and does not give you a wet bubbled look on the other side of the paper. A little goes a long way.



After glueing the clock face, accurately place the numbers and Birds on a Branch shape on the front. Replace the hands on the clock, put the battery back in and voila, your clock is now complete!


Let me know if you found this tutorial useful. I would love for you to share your projects with me. I’m open to all feedback, both the good and the bad! Have fun creating 🙂

Until next week,