Large Stencilled Pallet Clock Tutorial

I have been itching to make something out of pallet wood for quite a while now – and since I’m redoing the family room I thought this would be the perfect time to get to work!

This huge Stencilled Pallet Clock was so fun and easy to do – and I love how it turned out!

Stencilled Pallet Clock

This is BIG. The clock is a 31″ circle – so it’s really huge and fun! It’s stencilled with a Damask design set off-center – so it looks like an old piece of painted barn wood or something.

Isn’t it rustic and cool?

Large Pallet Clock

Here’s your Materials List to make your own!

  • Pallet pieces – enough to measure the diameter of the circle you’d like. (This one is 31″)
  • Two 1 x 4 pieces for braces on the back
  • Clock Hardware – mine came from this website
  • Paint for Stencil
  • Large Stencil (or materials to make one)
  • Tools and hardware – Saw, Drill, Screws

So let’s get started!

I ADORE crafting with friends! It makes it all so much more fun. I often craft with Aimee from SmallAnchors.com and this project started out at her house! In fact her sweet husband cut out and assembled the clock for me. Isn’t that awesome?

Here’s what he did:

I layed out the pallet pieces in the order that I wanted them. He screwed two 1 x 4’s into the center of the panel pieces with a screw in each board to hold them all together. After marking the center of the pieces, he drew the large circle onto the boards with chalk. Then he used a jigsaw to cut out the circle.

Cutting out a Pallet Clock

I wanted the cut to be pretty rough, so that it would look more rustic, like we had just put some random boards together. We left the boards on the back to hold the pieces in a circle and added more screws for support.

Large Pallet Circle (2)

If you want to cover up those raw edges of the circle, stain the pallet. I used the gray stain I used with my new Entertainment Center – I just did a light coat on the sides on top. I wanted it to still show the differences in the wood colors a little.

Stained Pallet Clock

Mark the center of the circle and drill the hole for your clock hardware. You want it just a teeny bit bigger than the center piece of the hardware.

Drilling for Clock Hardware

Now it’s time for the giant stencil!

In the past I’ve used an overhead projector to trace large images – but I don’t have access to one anymore. But I found this awesome tutorial for projecting an image without one!

Without going through the whole thing, you basically create your own projector with a box, a flashlight and printed transparency film. Some tips – Set up your box in a dark room. If you’re having trouble getting a clear image, try different flashlights. I found some worked better than others for a nice crisp image. For sizing, try moving your flashlight and box closer or farther apart.

Tracing a Stencil

Once your image is traced, place your posterboard or whatever you’re using onto a cutting board. I used my big quilting mat. Cut the image out with a sharp exacto knife, using long smooth cuts.

Cutting out a Large Stencil

Here’s the stencil all cut out! This only took about a half hour – not too bad at all!

Large Damask Stencil

Place the stencil onto the pallet and tape down the sides. Begin stencilling in the center and work your way out to the edges.

I used the Pearl Martha Stewart paint – which is pretty much my favorite color of all paints ever. If I was stranded on a desert island and could only have one color of craft paint (for all my desert island crafting) I would pick this color.

Stencilling a Clock

If you stencil has small pieces you might need to hold them down while you stencil around them so they don’t shift. As an added bonus, you end up with this gorgeous color as nail polish. Score.

Stencilling a Pallet

You don’t want to completely cover the wood with paint – it will look more rustic if it’s kind of patchy.

Once you’ve finished take off the stencil and check for anything you need to clean up. I call it stencil ooze. Those not-cool dribbles of paint that ooze under the stencil, despite your best efforts to prevent it.

Cleaning up Stencil

Wet a paper towel lightly and wrap it around your finger. Rub the spot lightly with your fingernail and you can clean up that ooze super easy!

Cleaning up Stencilling

Now the clock is all stencilled and ready to be assembled!

Damask Stencil on Clock

Assemble your clock hardware according to the instructions. This is super easy – just stick the back through the hole you drilled and add the hands. Here’s a shot of the back of the clock.

Pallet Clock Hardware

Now your clock is all finished and ready to hang!

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I love how the stencil turned out! It’s such a great contrast with the stained wood.

Stencilled Clock

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I love it! What do you think?

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40 Comments

  • Reply February 11, 2013

    Marilyn

    This is a great project…Absolutely LOVE It!

  • Reply February 11, 2013

    Trish @ Uncommon

    I love this SO much! You totally hit this one out of the park. Just a beautiful piece!

    Take care,

    Trish

  • Reply February 11, 2013

    Jennifer McCaffrey

    WOW Bev, this is so beautiful! I had a pallet that I gave away because I never figured out what I wanted to do with it, and now I’m seriously regretting it after seeing this today. What a great statement piece!

  • Reply February 11, 2013

    Liz Fourez

    I LOVE this Bev! The rustic wood is perfect, and I love the off-center stencil. I have some parts laying around that I think could recreate something like this! Thank you so much for the inspiration!
    Liz

  • Reply February 11, 2013

    raw

    Lookspretty cool to me!

  • Reply February 11, 2013

    Amy Mayen

    Bev, too cool for words! I so want to make a man cave version for my hubby’s shop. Great project!

  • Reply February 11, 2013

    Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe

    This.is.AWESOME! You did an amazing job, Bev! I have a soft spot for pallet art, and I just adore this clock. Your stencil turned out great!

  • Reply February 11, 2013

    Caren Smith

    Love this! I love how you made this rustic and the off center stencil really looks nice. How long did it take you? Great job!

    ~ Caren Smith, Owner
    http://www.MyScrapbookStudio.net

  • Reply February 11, 2013

    Jessica Reurich

    This turned out amazing!!! The stencil you mentioned before wasnt perfect…Looks pristine! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Reply February 11, 2013

    katie

    This is pretty damn awesome, Bev! I remember seeing over the weekend that you made a make-shift projector for a stencling project… makes a lot of sense now! Love this.

  • Reply February 11, 2013

    Laura

    This is awesome!

  • Reply February 11, 2013

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

    What a beautifully made, artful and functional piece, Bev! And I’m awed by your DIY lightbox too. You’re amazing, ya know?

    xx,
    Jenn

  • Reply February 11, 2013

    Crystal

    Absolutely Love it!! It is such a beautiful unique clock. You’re awesome!!

  • Reply February 11, 2013

    Leena Lanteigne

    Way cool! Great project and the instructions for making an overhead projector are awesome! Love the whole thing! Thanks for sharing! Hugs, Leena

  • Reply February 11, 2013

    Megan

    You are just so creative! What a beautiful clock and thank you for sharing you how made it. Megan

  • Reply February 11, 2013

    Willow

    I love it Bev!!!!! What a great addition to your family room along with your gorgeous entertainment center!!!

  • I love this! Stopping by from Home Stories AtoZ. I’m your newest follower!
    Danielle @ Retail DIYet

  • Reply February 11, 2013

    Laurie

    Wonderful clock! I love it’s rustic look and your large stencil is just beautiful. Thank you so much for the tutorial!

  • Reply February 11, 2013

    Bonnie Turner

    What a great idea – very nice – gives me some ideas, too
    You are really very creative!!!!!

  • This clock is amazing!!! I love everything about it, from the recycled pallet wood to the destressed stenciling. Thanks for sharing!

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