Hey friends! Adrianne Surian here with you today to share a DIY pallet clock art idea that’s as functional as it is fun. This isn’t your average clock, with its offset face and space for stenciling or adding other artistic elements. Let your imagination run wild and break the rules of traditional clock making with today’s DIY decor project.
I ran with a “time to be fabulous” theme with whimsical polka dots, but when it comes to wall art, you’re only limited by your imagination! Use your favorite colors, phrases, patterns and more to match your decor and style.
Supplies needed to make your own DIY pallet clock:
- 10″ x 20.5″ Blank wood pallet panel
- Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint
- Long Stem Clockmaking Set
- Letter and Number Stencils (or create your own with craft vinyl, scrapbook punches, and/or die cuts!)
- Paint Brushes
- Black Archival Ink
- Basic Letter Stamps
- Drill with 3/8 drill bit
Choose where to position your clock, and drill a 3/8 inch hole in your pallet where the hands will be centered. If you’re drilling through both layers of the pallet, you will need to use the long stem clock making set that I’m using. (If you only drill through one layer, the medium stem kit will fit your project better.)
Next, add paint! My base is Escape Blue with a hint of Vintage Gray-Green, with Vintage and Everlasting numbers and Treasure Teal dots. I layered on more dots in all the colors as the first coat dried. You can use mixed media stencils, or I just improvised with circle craft punches and craft vinyl.
I wanted to add some text so I used my dollar store letter stamps along with Ranger Archival Ink. I stamps fun words and phrases to suit my theme.
Finally, once the paint dried, I assembled my clock. Insert the clock movement through the backside of the pallet and use a nut to secure it. Then, add the hour and minute hands onto the posts, and finish it off with the included screw or second hand (your choice). I opted to paint my hands white before assembling it to better match my colors.
This DIY pallet clock is suitable for hanging on the wall, or resting on a mantel or wall shelf because of the orientation of the pallet and the placement of the clock, giving you a creative addition to your space! Don’t forget, if you’re not into blue and bubbly, you can check out other pallet art ideas and work a clock into one of those themes instead!
I hope you’re inspired to think outside the clock with this DIY pallet clock project! Thanks for joining me today and I’ll see you all again soon!
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Adrianne is a writer, artist, designer, wife, and mom of 2 kids. She blogs at happyhourprojects.com where the theme is tutorials and recipes that can be made in an hour or less. Her favorite projects are jewelry-making, paper crafts, and recycled crafts. She participates annually in ArtPrize, an international art competition, and she’s the author of the book DIY T-Shirt Crafts: 50 Ways to Recycle a T-Shirt (August 2015).