I have been really getting into the whole “farmhouse look” lately. It feels so homey and rustic, in a good way. I wanted to design a gallery wall and thought “a pallet clock would look gorgeous.” There are so many clock ideas that I decided to make my own.
Interested in making your own clock? Keep reading.
Used in this project:
- Skil saw
- 3/4″ wood screws
- Sander / sandpaper
- 1 x 2 board
- wood glue
- paint pen
- clock hands kit
- wall hanging kit
Taking apart wood pallets is no joke! But the wood you get after it’s sanded is so weathered and rustic looking, it is totally worth the blood, sweat and tears. (literally)
I started out with 5 boards, putting my longest pieces in the middle. [After cutting and attaching them together, I realized it was way to big for my wall. Moral of the story : Always measure first.]
Arrange your boards in the order you like. Use some wood glue on the sides of the boards to help them stay together while you are drawing the circle.
Use a tape measure to mark the exact center, both horizontal and vertical. Place a thumbtack or small nail on your mark. Tie a piece of yarn to the thumbtack or nail, to help draw a perfect circle. You may need to adjust the length of the yarn once you start outlining the circle. Be sure to keep the boards pressed snug together while you are outlining the circle.
Next I attached two 1 x 2 boards that I had cut to fit inside the circle on the back of the boards to secure them together. Use wood screws to attach the 1 x 2 board into each piece of pallet board. Then using a skil saw, carefully cut on the lines of your circle. [ If I make a pallet clock again, I would wait to attach the boards until my circle was cut. The boards got in the way of my skil saw and I wasn’t able to cut the circle exact.]
Sand, sand sand, Start with the face of the clock, and pay close attention to the edges. You want to sand down any sharp pieces, or places where you cut.
At this point its up to you how to finish it. You can leave the clock plain wood, or paint it. I chose to paint it white and after it dried I sanded it down to look weathered. I also stained the sides a dark color to create a shadow, and hide any imperfections with my cutting abilities.
This is the point where I brought it inside and realized it was too big, and a little heavy. I removed one board, re traced a circle and re cut. Then I had to do more sanding and re stain the sides. But it looked a lot better in terms of the size of the wall.
Now to add numbers. Again, this is totally up to you. You can use different fonts, or like I did, roman numeral numbers. Number 1-12 in your choice of font and text size, and print. I found two different ways to get the numbers onto the clock and look very nice and uniform.
Transfer the numbers onto wood using a gel medium. This is an awesome tutorial all about how to do it. You get near perfect results, and you save time.
This is the method that I used, and it is so easy. Trace the numbers you printed off onto the wood. Press down hard to indent the wood so you can see the numbers. Or color the back of the paper with chalk, the chalk will transfer to the wood when you trace the numbers.
After you have your numbers on the clock, make them stand out. You can paint them using free hand and a tiny brush, or use a paint pen. I am obsessed with paint pens, and have used them in so many of my other projects. The chisel tip was very handy while drawing the numbers/ roman numerals. They also make fine tip and a medium tip. Elmer’s Painters are by far the best brand I’ve tried, I prefer them over sharpie.
The last step is adding the clock hands. I had the husband handle this one for me, he loves precise, exact measurements, where as I’m more of an eyeball it type of person. You can purchase clock hands at most craft stores, Walmart, or online. I picked up this kit on amazon, and it works wonderfully. I love the extra long hands since my clock is so big.
How to hang on the wall?
I used a couple of eye hooks with some picture hanging wire on the back of the clock. Be sure to get the wire for the correct weight of the object you are hanging. I purchased an anchor kit from Amazon also and it works so well. We have plaster walls and sometimes have trouble finding hardware that will stay in place.
Thanks for reading! Happy building!