Big, Huge, Pottery Barn Inspired, Wall Clock

2 Materials
8 Hours
Large wall clocks are everywhere these days and I wanted to put my own spin on the trend. You might think that this clock looks pretty much like all the rest, but mine stands 53 inches high…that’s nearly four and a half feet of clock goodness…I am literally up to my neck in clock and more importantly, since I have a lot of supplies, I made it for FREE.
For supplies, I’m using a wire spool end and a bunch of pallet wood.If you don’t happen to have a wire spool, you could make the center circle out of even more pallet wood or a precut table round available at hardware stores.
I started my oversized, gigantic, extremely large clock by laying out a pallet wood border all around my wire spool top.I drew a circle around where the spool top will go removed the spool top, then within that circle I applied construction adhesive and plopped the spool top back down.
To further strengthen the bond, on the back side, each pallet piece got screwed into the top.
Turned back over, I can now start attaching my pallet wood outer circle.The  outer ring of  pallet wood was cut with a handheld jigsaw then with a nail gun, nailed to the previous layer of pallet wood.
Before painting sand all rough edges and splinters.
Paint as desired.I highlighted all my nooks and crannies (and there were a lot) with black chalk paint.
I followed my black chalk paint with a coat of white chalk paint.
This is how I do all my oversized signs… (1) print out the lettering on your computer and tape back together.  (2) Use a pencil to scribble on the back of the lettering to act as carbon paper. (3)Tape the lettering to your wood sign and use a pen to go over the outline of each letter.
What you should be left with is a faint outline of each letter. Fill in your outlines with black paint. Do the same with the Roman Numerals.
Sand the painted surfaces once more revealing some of the black paint and wood edges and softening the lettering and numbers.Finish the clock with a coat of clear wax, antique wax or a combination of the two.
Not often I can show you a before and after in one photo.I'm limited in Hometalk with how many pictures I can include so if you need more photos, more step by step, the fonts I used for the lettering, how I set up my lettering, make sure you click on the link below.If you have any questions just ask :)

Suggested materials:

  • Wire spool top
  • Pallet wood

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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  • Gloria Eisenschenk Gloria Eisenschenk on Apr 03, 2017
    Where do you get hands for larger clocks? I have one my husband carved 45yrs. Ago. He carved hands back then, but they are long gone.

  • Koren Piper Koren Piper on Apr 09, 2017
    Hi, Beautiful work. Can you plesse include the link.

  • Bonnie Friske Bonnie Friske on Feb 15, 2019

    Where do you buy the clock works?


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  • Mary Q. Mary Q. on Oct 26, 2019

    I have a wire spool! SOOO excited to have seen this! I've been searching for something inspired to do with it and finding a lot of "un-inspired" table tops that weren't really gonna cut it. I'm working with a smaller spool (that are in high demand due to being side table sized). I already have a giant spool turned bar height table that i invited the "weekend regulars" to sign and carve at will, added "under hooks" for hanging your bag (diaper or designer), finished in some deep poly and added some black matte metal bar stools. I love it and its a great convo piece, but I wanted more for my prized find! I'm in the middle of a kitchen "re-do" and I needed something to take up a large wall space, instead of filling with lots of "smalls"! I'm going to find some works at the suggested places and make it a working giant! I will have to contemplate the finished look, so its just right for the kitchen, but I will send you a pic of finished result! ThankyouThankyouThankyou! - L

  • ScavengerChic ScavengerChic on Oct 26, 2019

    Good luck. Looking forward to seeing the finished project