Pantone Clock





Introduction: Pantone Clock

This is an idea I have had in the works for a while now. I finally decided to go about making it a reality. So a productive afternoon later, we have a nice custom Pantone clock.

It is a simple way to repurpose an old clock. Or you can make one from scratch and order your own clock mechanism.

So, read on to find out how to make your own Pantone Clock.

Pantone is a Registered Trademark  of © Pantone LLC

Step 1: Materials and Tools Needed.

For this project you will need - 
  • A clock mechanism
  • An old Pantone guide - (I got the pantone top 100 colours book of ebay for about £7)
  • Glue
  • Medium weight card
  • Craft knife
  • A 5 pence piece or similair
  • A washer the same diameter on the inside as your clock thread spindle (normally on the mechanism itself)

Step 2: Cut Holes in the Samples.

Take apart your pantone book, and pick out 12 leafs that you like the colours best on.

Using the washer make out the center towards the bottom of each leaf. Mark with a pencil.

You can then use the washer to run your scalpel around the inside of, in order to cut out a hole the right size to fit over the spindle of the clock.

Using the same technique cut out a circle in your card stock to use for the back.

Step 3: Glue Opposite Pairs.

Next I chose out my colours, and glued them in opposing coloured pairs.
Roughly pick out two colours that do not match. I then aligned the holes in the middle and glued them into pairs.

You should end up with six sections.

You can use the edge of a ruler to make sure they are straight.

Step 4: Glue the Sections in Place.

Next I assembled the whole clock, complete with backing board onto the spindle of the clock mechanism. 

You can either arrange them in a spiral, or randomly, I found a spiral looks the best.

I went around the edges of the Pantone sections and glued them to the back board using a thin layer of glue.

You could easily use a double sided tape.

I carefully lifted it all off the spindle of the clock, and placed it under a flat weight to keep it flat as it dired.

Step 5: Trim Down the Back Board.

Using a ruler go around the clock and cut along all the straight edges. Make sure to place the ruler on the Pantone sections so you are cutting into the waste, that way when you are cutting if you slip you will cut only into the waste material.

For the corners I grabbed the loose change out my back pocket and found a coin with a diameter similar to the rounded corners on the Pantone sections.

Step 6: Add in a Seconds Hand.

My clock had a little round dot where the seconds hand sits. Yours may have a proper seconds hand. If so, you can easily trim down the metal using scissors.

I took the front cover from the Pantone book and cut out the pantone logo with a 5mm border around the edge.

I turned it over and drew lines from corner to corner to mark ou the centre. I then glued the seconds hand into the centre.

Step 7: Assemble and Finish.

Using the screw of the clock mechanism secure your clock face in place. Then push on your clock hands, and the pantone logo seconds hand.

Pop a battery in, put on your wall, and enjoy.

- gmjhowe

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Here's my 30 days of instructables effort. Sort of a comedy of errors getting the thing made using eBay to buy the wrong type of Pantone guide, having to make my own watch hands and Pantone logo second hand, etc.). But it looks great, and my graphic designer wife loves it (it's her new office clock). I especially like using the Pantone logo as a second hand. Brilliant!


Brilliant! I agree, the pantone second hand is the best bit. I found the rest of my leaves from this book, was thinking of making a second one for the backspace!

Most of all, thanks a lot of sharing your picture on here.

great!! here's mine


You've inspired me to make my own. You can find it here.


Very very nice, thanks for sharing your hard work! Have a splendorous day! Sunshiine!

"What time is it?"

"Erm.. Orange minutes past green?"

"Damn I'm late!"

epic win.

I did think that if I had put the colours in a sequential order you could learn to tell the time like that.