DIY Wood Pallet Clock

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I was so mean last week & I showed our Simple Winter Entryway on the blog with a sneak peek of this DIY clock. Well, as promised here is the tutorial & the full reveal. This is such a simple project & it has a huge impact on the space that it is in. I came up with this idea when I was desperate to replace the mirror that was in our entryway. I was so sick of the mirror & just the way it looked all together & I wanted a large piece of art in it’s spot. After a little brainstorming and a few ideas I remembered I had this cable spool pallet lying around begging to have something done to it, so rustic clock art it was. For now the clock is not functional & it’s not yet hanging on the wall, but all in good time & for now this lovely clock is just sitting on our entryway table making it a little prettier.

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I got my wire spool pallet circle from a local business. You can call around to local places {i.e. electricians, lighting stores, hardware stores exd..} To start out the spool was already stained with minwax special walnut. I liked the fact that it had the dark base to start out with, but you can choose any wood finish base for this. You can also find spools in different sizes for this project, but the one I had is 4ft in diameter. I loved the large size of it!


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Next I mixed two Behr paints together. I wanted the paint & the paint technique to look old & rustic so a bright white paint was not going to do the trick. I chose to mix Behr’s cozy cottage & snow fall together. It created a perfect antique white for me to use to dry brush the clock with.


To get this finish on the clock, it really is super easy. After I got my perfect white, I took my brush & dipped it in the paint. I scraped off all of the excess on the side of the cup a few times to make sure that the brush was dry. I then lightly brushed it onto the clock in upward motions with a very light hand so that there were no heavy spots of paint. I continued to dry brush the entire clock until I was happy with the coverage.


After the paint dried, I took my sander & lightly sanded the entire clock down for more of a worn & antiqued finish. After I was done sanding, I sealed the clock with annie sloan clear wax.


After the wax was dry, we took some bronze house address numbers that I had purchased from Lowe’s & simply screwed them onto the wood pallet to create our clock art. You could also paint the numbers on the piece, but I wanted the metal on wood look for our clock. For now this clock has no arms, but we will be getting some soon & I’m still in love with this piece with or without functional arms.  We also want to hang it on the wall as well, but for now this clock is just setting on the DIY card catalog entry table looking all pretty & stuff.


What do you think of the DIY wood pallet clock? I am loving the new addition & I can’t wait to style this table around it. I’m also really excited for it to hang on the wall because I think it will add an even bigger impact. Let me know what you think of the clock in the comments below, find me on facebook, or chat with me on Instagram! Have a great day!



  1. Turned out fab Liz!

  2. Looks lovely Liz! I made a large white clock out I some old plywood, and I am so obsessed with clocks I think I may have to make a few more! Lol!

  3. Love this, Liz! Such an impact piece!

  4. Awesome idea! I have a few of these spools sitting around, maybe this is what they’ll be!

  5. What a clever idea. It turned out great. I love the way you dressed up,the surrounding area.

  6. giosmama2626 says:

    This clocks ROCKS! I’ve been waiting for you to share this one. It’s awesome.

  7. Oh, I just LOVE this!

  8. I am so doing this!! I have been looking for numbers like mad at the German store they don’t have them like in The States… Thank goodness I am heading home and can snag some!! Looks awesome!

  9. LOVE the clock!!! I need a big piece of art to hang in our living room over our TV, and I always wanted a clock, but could never find one big enough. I think this would be perfect! I’ll have to find myself a spool and get to work!

  10. ♥ it!

  11. WOW! I’ve seen a lot of pallet projects, but never a CLOCK! It’s BEAUTIFUL! Great job :)

  12. Beautiful job…..I’m going to try to make my own.

  13. I love how that turned out.. it is fantastic!

  14. This is beautiful!

  15. This looks like so much fun to make! I love the look of it, it turned out beautiful!

  16. Love this, Liz Marie! I never would have thought to use a piece of a wooden spool like that! And the metal numbers were the perfect choice. Pinning! Thanks so much for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

  17. This is awesome!! We live in a new construction neighborhood and I see these big spools around every now and then but I could never think of what to make with them, I’m definitely trying this if I can get my hands on one!

  18. I think I have the right space for this in my home and 2 sets of pallets to be work on. Pinning it.

  19. And stumbled!

  20. Hi Liz,

    I was thinking of doing a wood clock from pallet wood, but this ideia is even better! Thanks for sharing!

  21. this is flat out COOL! What a beautiful room statement for little cost! So want one!

  22. Liz, it looks gorgeous! I’m not very surprised though- everything in your house is! Even without arms it’s pretty spectacular. ;) Sharing!

  23. Love that! It’s so cute!

  24. This is so totally cool! Does this section just unscrew from the center section?

  25. This is brilliant! I love how resourceful the whole project is. I can’t wait to make my own! Thanks for sharing!!

  26. This is amazing! And thanks for the tip on getting your hands on one of these spools. I have so many ideas for them! ~Lisa

  27. This is gorgeous! I recently made a large clock out of a table top, but I love how rustic this is! Pinned :) I would love it if you linked up to The Makers,
    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

  28. Love the clock! You did a great job with the antiquing too! I will have to try this sometime! xo Jen

  29. I love it!!! The size and color is perfect for your table…as always, I’m inspired! xo

  30. I love it!! That looks gorgeous.

  31. What a wonderful idea! I must find a spool now! It looks great above your sideboard which is also so lovely. Thanks for the inspiration.

  32. Simple but effective. Amazing how rustic the clock looks. Great job.

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  34. Very nice project. The finish looks very rustic and quite an inspirational use of a spool. Well done.

  35. Liz, all looks awesome. :) 5 star

  36. Stephanie says:

    Hello, I love you clock diy!! This is going to be my next project! I do have a question though.,,unless I missed it. What size of the bronze numbers and clock arms/ motor kit did you use for the 4′ diameter spool? Hope you can help! Thanks

  37. Ardelle says:

    You’ve given me a great base to jump from. I have a smaller spool, some old maps, and some innards of an unused clock. My thought was to Modgepodge the maps (of the place I want to retire) on the spool and then add the clock parts. Did you have to sand your spool before painting it? Have you installed the actual clock parts on yet? How did you attach them? I was thinking about getting some Dollar Tree domino pieces for the numbers (I’m trying to make this a cheapo project), although I like your idea of the contrasting metal numbers. Maybe I’ll Modgepodge the dominos with map paper and then accentuate the numbers w/ permanent marker. I’m excited to start.

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