September is fast approaching and for lots of people that means getting into the ‘back to school’ spirit – whether you’re actually going back to school or not! I’ll officially be heading back to work after my maternity leave soon, and though I’ve loved having this time off, I am looking forward to filling my pencil case with new stationery and getting stuck into a new schedule.
I’ve wanted a clock in our bedroom ever since we had it decorated. I don’t always like to rely on my phone, and I wanted something pretty that I could hang on the wall. I remember making a clock at school and it being much easier than I thought, so in the spirit of ‘back to school’ I thought I’d get organised (and make my Design Tech teacher proud) and have a go at DIYing my own.
I went for a stencil design (which you know I love) in my favourite colour, and hung it from the wall with braided leather for an on-trend finish. If you’d like to have a go, find my tutorial below!
You will need:
7-inch wooden circle, £2, Hobbycraft
Pencil & ruler or set square
Short-stem clock mechanism kit, £13, Hobbycraft
Hammer & two small nails
2 x paper plates
Mini Kota stencil, £9.99, Nicolette Tabram
Braided leather cord, £3 for 2.5m, Hobbycraft
Drill & 3/8” drill bit
White acrylic paint, £3.60, Hobbycraft
Turquoise acrylic paint, £3.60, Hobbycraft
Step 1. Take your wooden circle and measure the centre point using a ruler or set square.
Step 2. Carefully drill a hole at the marked central point. Remember to always work on a suitable surface when drilling and make sure you push directly down to avoid the drill head going into the wood at an angle.
Step 3. Coat the front and sides of your wooden circle with turquoise paint, or whatever colour you fancy. This may take a few coats to stop the grain of the wood from showing through.
Step 4. Once the paint has completely dried, apply the stencil to the surface of the circle, lining up the middle point above the drilled hole. Use a stencil adhesive spray if you’re worried about it moving beneath your fingers. Take the small sponge and carefully dab the white paint onto the stencil to transfer the design, applying the paint in thin layers to build it up and keep it even.
Step 5. When the stencil paint has dried, take a length of leather cord and measure it to make a loop long enough to hang from your chosen point on the wall. Tie a knot at either end to stop it from fraying and hammer a small nail into each side of the circle, pushing through the leather as you go.
Step 6. Take your clock mechanism kit and, following the instructions given on the packet, assemble the clock to fit into place. If you find the back piece is a little loose or not sitting flush against the wood, cut another small piece of wood with a hole in the middle to sit between the back of the clock and the main mechanism, hidden from view and glued into place.
And there you have it, a beautiful stencilled wall clock you can hang anywhere in your home! I’ve put mine in our bedroom and I think it adds a lovely bit of charm to this little corner.
If you’d like to have a go at making your own, save the image below to your favourite DIY Pinterest board and you’ll always be able to find it.
As always big thanks to Cassie Pryce who I worked with on this project.