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?

Linking up at Sunday Scoop, Today’s Creative Blog, Met Monday, Tutorials & Tips Tuesday, Shabby Creek Cottage, My Repurposed Life, 504 Main, and the other fabulous parties on the party page – make sure you check them out!

39 Comments

  • Reply February 12, 2013

    brooke

    What a great idea for a custom clock! Your stencil is so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! Have a great day!

  • Reply February 12, 2013

    lynn richards

    wow! this is gorgeous.,,,now to find some pallets!

  • Reply February 12, 2013

    The Style Sisters

    Love your clock!! Awesome tutorial too! Come link up to Centerpiece Wed and share this post with us.
    Karin

  • Reply February 13, 2013

    Krystal

    Wow that is a gorgeous clock! This would be great with old fence palings as well!

  • Reply February 13, 2013

    Tricia

    I love it! I’m obsessed with pallet projects so when I saw this over on the Someday Crafts Link Party I knew I had to swing by. This project is definitely unique!

  • Reply February 13, 2013

    Kristina

    YOU ARE AWESOME! That project turned out so cute. Way to repurpose that pallet wood! We just made a pallet backsplash for our kitchen and we have a lot of spare slats left. This would be a great project.

    Thanks for sharing on Snap Creativity!

    Kristina
    chappelofloveblog.com

  • Reply February 14, 2013

    Suzan

    What an amazing job you did on this!!!!
    I did a John Denver tribute art piece on Pallet wood – maybe I should turn it into a clock!
    I just love this –
    Definitely your newest follower!
    Hugs,
    Suzan

  • Love it! I really like the off-center stencilling. Putting this on my project list.

  • Reply February 15, 2013

    malia

    Absolutely beautiful and a great tute to boot!

  • Reply February 16, 2013

    Shaffer Sisters

    I love everything about this. Distressed, awesome! Damask, a favorite! I love your tutorial for creating the damask. Keep up the great work.

  • Reply February 16, 2013

    Jen @ Noting Grace

    I love this! Such and incredible idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Jen @ Noting Grace

  • Wow Bev this is SO cool and that projector box idea is really neat too. It turned out beautiful.

  • This is awesome Bev. Wanted to let you know I featured it as part of my link party wrap up today!

  • Reply February 18, 2013

    Shelly Andrade

    Your clock turned out awesome! Love everything about it!!

  • Reply February 19, 2013

    Jill

    Love it!

  • Oh this is beautful! You have given me a great idea for my living room! I would love to have you come share on my weekly linky party Show Me Your Plaid Mondays!http://www.pandpkitchen.com/2013/02/17/show-me-your-plaid-mondays-10-2/

  • Reply February 21, 2013

    gail

    oh bev! You’ve outdone yourself! I LOVE clocks and yours is awesome! great tutorial with super tips! thanks for sharing, catching you!
    gail

  • Reply September 18, 2013

    Mel the Crafty Scientist

    Love this clock – so creative and fun! Just wanted to let you know I featured it in my roundup of clock re-dos and makeovers here. Feel free to check it out if you want and hope you like it! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

  • Reply December 28, 2013

    Juanita

    Oh I have just found this and I am in love with it!! I love the stencil, makes a great combination of rustic & elegance. How on earth tho do you hang such a big clock? Pleeeeaase let me know coz I am going to make this, but I don’t want to leave it leaning on the wall ;-) Thank you!

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