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Stenciled Clock Wall Decoration

Modeled after the ornate face of an 18th-century case clock, this oversize yet functional wall decoration all but ensures you'll never be late again.




The numerals and dotted outline are stenciled in a deep green-brown, drawing out the warm coppery tones of the battery-powered clock mechanism. The timepiece is best situated so that it is clearly visible from a distance and not crowded by neighboring furniture.

Tips: When stenciling, pat the sponge in a dab of paint, and blot excess on the palette. Then apply paint in thin coats, taking care that it doesn't drip or pool, until the area is covered. The numerals can be stenciled in any order, but these directions will maximize efficiency.

Sources: Sheer trace vellum, by Borden & Riley, from Village Supplies; Japanese paper screw punch with 3 mm tip, plus 1 to 5 mm tips,; 1 3/4-inch script number stencil,; Galileo 30 clock mechanism,



  1. Step 1

    Arrange vellum sheets to create full template, and attach with transparent tape.

  2. Step 2

    Affix vellum overlay to wall with drafting tape (making sure the top is secure). Use level to ensure numbers III and IX are aligned.

  3. Step 3


    Affix Roman numeral templates to a sheet of waterproof paper; secure to cutting mat with drafting tape. Cut out I, V, and X with craft knife, and cut into 3 stencils. Remove template, and discard.

  4. Step 4


    Affix dotted-arc template to a sheet of waterproof paper; secure to cutting mat with drafting tape. Use Japanese hole punch to make each perforation. Remove template, and discard.

  5. Step 5


    Align dotted arc stencil under vellum. Secure stencil with drafting tape, and tape vellum out of the way. Prepare palette with paint. Use sponge to apply paint to stencil. Let dry 3 minutes.

  6. Step 6

    Release vellum. Move stencil along arc, until only a few painted dots register on 1 end of stencil. Secure stencil and vellum with tape. Paint as in step 1. Repeat until dotted circles are complete.

  7. Step 7


    Slide Arabic numeral stencil under vellum, and position the 1 stencil for "10." (It's easier to stencil the first number of a pair before adding the second.) Secure stencil and vellum with tape. Use sponge to apply paint to stencil. Let dry 3 minutes.

  8. Step 8

    Stencil remaining 1, then stencil numbers 2, 3, 4, and 6, finishing with 5 and 0. Tape and release vellum as needed, leaving top secure.

  9. Step 9

    Slide Roman numeral stencil under vellum. Stencil Xs, then Vs, then Is. Let dry 3 minutes.

  10. Step 10

    On wall, mark center dot, indicated on vellum. Remove vellum. Follow manufacturer's instructions to hang clock mechanism.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2008



Reviews (13)

  • Craft-o-Matic 13 Feb, 2009

    Kinko's will print 11X17. You can bring the velum in but you just have to make sure that the velum is the kind that is compatible with their printers. Give them a quick call and ask them if they will print on velum and what type of printers they have (ink jet etc.). We used to do this a lot for wedding invitations at the Kinko's I worked at!!!

  • Jeanmark 5 Dec, 2008

    Well, I did it. Looks great. See my complaint below (jeanmark) I discovered I could just print out the pattern on 8 1/2 x 11 vellum paper, making sure to include crop marks. Then it assembled easily. Stenciling was easy, but be sure to have extra wall paint handy to correct bleeding of stencils. We used brown paint on a beige wall. Cool!

  • Jeanmark 22 Nov, 2008

    This is one of the most frustrating projects ever. The instructions are very vague. The suppliers are scattered. How do we print the pattern on 11 x 17 paper using my printer? Who can print on 11 x 17? How do I scale the pattern to print. Very poor.

  • Jeanmark 22 Nov, 2008

    this is one of the most frustrating projects. The instructions are vague. How do I print the pattern on 11 x 17 vellum using my standard printer? Who has such a printer? How do I scale the pattern to print in standard paper? Very poor.

  • KimKubicek 30 Oct, 2008

    Ugh, I don't know why this link isn't working. Go to and click Crafts > Wood crafting > Clockmaking and it is listed there. Sorry for all the posts!

  • KimKubicek 30 Oct, 2008

    Ok that previous post was too long. Here is the link to the $30 extra large clock hands:

  • KimKubicek 30 Oct, 2008

    Hobby Lobby carries an extra large wall clock kit. It has adhesive roman numerals, but more importantly, includes the motor and 23" hands. I plan to paint on my own numbers, but use the hands in this clock kit. Best of all, it's only $30!

  • thanie 7 Oct, 2008

    The clock template is a 36" circle.

  • Cindy1396 30 Sep, 2008

    I ended up emailing timeworksclocks from their website and they called me back within 24 hours and are sending me a clock! What great customer service. Now if anyone can tell me that has done this....I want to order the stencil that Christy talked about so I can take that short cut but have been waiting to get the clock because I am not sure what size to order... 30 or 36? anyone know? Thanks!

  • Cindy1396 24 Sep, 2008

    Christy, Thanks so much on the stencil info! That is so much better than all the other steps. I am still confused on the clock tho and maybe it is just me. I am "assuming" (and maybe wrongly) that you need 30" hands for this large of a clock to look right on the wall. I can't find those hands anywhere and the clock mechanism shown has such great detail that of course I would rather have that than one that looks like a black box on the wall. Again thx for the help!

  • daven65 23 Sep, 2008

    Hi again. You can also buy this full stencil and not go through all the tracing paper steps and hassle. You can buy it complete at: it is featured on the front page along with the Marta Stewart example.

  • daven65 23 Sep, 2008

    Hi. You can find something similar at:

  • Cindy1396 18 Sep, 2008

    I am frustrated!!! Almost everything else I can find except the clock! timeworks says they only sale to the trade, they gave me a list of dealers here in Dallas that carry their products but no one has any. Suggestions Please!!!!!!!!!