In the Instructable, she mentioned that she picked up a paint swatch to use as her pattern, and traced it out to cut her shapes.
I am a tightwad, and when I saw this, my eyes exploded, my head leaked a bit, I heard grinding sounds. I began to think.
"Why not make a clock entirely out of paint swatches from the home improvement city?" Thus, the idea was born. I love free things, and making a nearly free clock appealed to me.
Step 1: Steal your materials.
My accomplice (name withheld), distracted the attendant at the paint station (he dropped a pen and picked it up, slowly), and I pretended to decide which paint would go with my living room.
Then I made my move.
I gathered one of each paint swatch from each of the paint galleries I wanted. I gathered the supplies for a grey-scale clock (for my winter decor), a vibrant red-orange clock (for my fall decor), and a cool blue-green clock (for winter and summer decor). I also picked up a leaf styled swatch (actually, a lot of them), for a stencil, similar to what flamming arrow had done.
S*** just got real.
I gave my accomplice the signal, and headed for the door. He took an alternate path and met me two aisles down, near the chains and padlocks, as originally planned.
As I walked out the large double doors, the attendant looked at me. She looked at the pile of swatches. Then at me.
Then I realized that these things are free. They want you to take them. So you'll buy paint. You don't have to come back. Just take them.
I picked up the largest swatches available, that would be able to be cut to the size and shape I wanted. Feel free to experiment, but for this 'ible, we'll stick with my leaf design.
You'll also need tape/glue, and a clock mechanism. I priced clock mechanisms at my local hobby shop, and they were wanting a whopping nine dollars per mechanism. I decided to go to Walmart, and pick up a clock for three bucks.