2015 19/10

Creating a Pallet Wood Clock

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With a huge space between our fireplace mantel and the ceiling peak in our house, I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out how to “fill” that space.

Because switching out season decor that high up on the wall would be a logistical nightmare, I decided a large clock would look cool up there. Knowing a clock that size (as in, size XL) was not in our budget, I looked for ways to make my own.

First I picked up a large wooden spool used for cable on auction. Should be perfect because it’s already a circle (just need to cut one end off). Then, after getting it home and really sizing it up, I realized that thing is astoundingly heavy!  And just wouldn’t work well for my clock. So, it got repurposed as kids yard toy and, eventually, a winter storage reel for the 500 feet of hose to water my garden.


Back to the drawing board.

Thinking of ways I could repurpose what we already have lying around the property, I decided to opt for pallet wood! I have a ton of pallets that we collected last year for other projects that have yet to be done. Thankfully we already had a few pallets that we had taken apart because taking apart pallets is a huge pain in the bum!

With pallet boards in hand, we went to work!

How to create a Pallet Wood Clock ::

1. We took 11 pallet boards that fit our size requirements, with an additional four more pallet boards for our back braces, punched out any nail bits still in the boards and planed down one side of each of the boards to get the thickness we needed for our clock parts. {You could also use a hand sander if you don’t have access to a planer.} We only planed down one side so we could keep the “roughness” and character of each of the boards for the face of the clock.

2. Then we laid out the boards in the order we liked and attached the back brace boards using some wood glue and nails.


3. After drying over night, we used my new handy-dandy jigsaw (yay for new tools) to cut out a circle 38″ in diameter and gave the edges a quick sanding to clear away any really rough edges.



Then I whitewashed the clock face {just a thinned out white paint}. We opted for the whitewashed look in an effort to still maintain some of the wood characteristics, discoloration and old nail holes. Honestly, if I didn’t have wood walls, I would have left the clock face as is and skipped the whitewash. I love all the different colors and textures of the wood!

4. Again, dried it overnight and then added the clock parts hands and motor {according to the package directions} and the numbers {I used metal 4″ house numbers I found at the hardware store}.



5. Lastly I added Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ AA batteries to get the whole thing ticking! I chose Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ batteries because they are the “world’s first AA battery made with 4% recycled batteries.  I love the idea of using batteries made from 4% recycled batteries in a clock made from recycled wood. It just seemed fitting! And, because the new Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ batteries are Energizer®’s highest performing, most reliable alkaline batteries, resulting in a longer lasting battery, I don’t have to worry about taking that huge clock off the wall to change the batteries all the time. And by “me”, I really mean my husband.


You can find Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ AAA and AA batteries at most major retailers, including Meijer. You can’t miss them at Meijer…they are right at the check-out lanes! SCORE!


Thanks to my hubby, it now hangs above our mantel! Because the white is off-set on the wood wall, it’s definitely a statement pieces as you walk in the front door and I love it!


What ways are you bringing new life to old things in your home?

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