Faux farmhouse clock with sign
Have you noticed the reclaimed wood farmhouse clock craze yet? I’ve been watching over it for awhile now, and knew I wanted to make one. Somehow. Someday.
But.. it didn’t happen. Until a farmhouse book landed on my lap…
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About this farmhouse book
Liz Fourez is a blogging buddy of mine, and if you have never visited her blog, Love Grows Wild, it’s time that you do… if you adore charming, realistic, affordable DIY farmhouse decor that is.
In my eyes, it was a given that this book would… SHOULD happen. You’ll know why after your blog visit.
So when Liz asked if I would review her new book, A Touch of Farmhouse Charm (affiliate link), I couldn’t get it in my hands fast enough! I knew it would be wonderful.
You can find it on Amazon HERE (affiliate link) with a cool preview option!
What’s inside this book
And I was right.
But I want to say a little more than the book is just good.
This is one of the VERY BEST DIY PROJECT BOOKS I’ve ever laid my hands on.
I LOVE how it’s set up. You have your beautiful photos of the completed project, then the full how-to right beside it. It is a fantastic resource book for rustically beautiful simple things you will want to make for your home.
And the projects are SIMPLE. Some don’t even require tools. I could safely say, every one of them would suit my own rustic home, fitting right in.
Now… what to make…
As I was leafing through the book, my eyes spotted the first kick in the right direction.
But what completely sold me?
THAT. That was the enticement I was after.
If you are fortunate enough to have this stunning book in your own hands one day, I want to suggest one thing.
Look through the pages, but STUDY the non project staging as well. They will have you creating just as much as the projects themselves.
And then it all began to fall into place.
Hello there wire flower basket, you are my chosen wire cage! I cut the scrolls off, then it was time to crank this industrial faux farmhouse clock out!
Here’s what I did:
Faux Farmhouse clock and sign
Supplies I used:
reclaimed wood – I used fence planks
random rusty junk
wonky star stencil – I used Christmas Graphics HERE
paint of choice – I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black & Casement (website link)
Farmhouse – small stencil
pencil, string, safety pin
wire cage thing – flower basket?
How to draw a perfect custom-sized circle
1. Draw a perfect circle one of two ways:
a) Lay a piece of large packing paper over top of a round shape, and rub a pencil along the edges to create your impression. Cut the template, and fold in half, then quarter, to find the centre.
b) Insert a screw into the middle of lined up planks of wood. Attach a safety pin to the screw. Tie string to the pin and onto a pencil. Lengthen the string to the desired size for your circle, then draw onto the wood.
Note: I first planned to have this clock become the top of a small side table, however changed my mind mid stream. So some things you see in the pictures won’t be needed for a wall clock.
Shaping the wood with a jigsaw
2. Cut along each circle drawing, using a jigsaw.
Add supports behind the circle
4. Drive yourself crazy and do this.
So, if this was going on my table top, mounting the boards together like this would have worked well!You can still do this if you want. But I think you could get by with 4 or 5 heavier weight support boards screwed into the back.
I used cedar strips. Each one was predrilled with pilot holes, then short screws were inserted.
5. Re-trim any edges with a jigsaw if needed, then follow with sanding all the edges and surface.
Adding clock details
6. Add house numbers, the cage, hinges, rusty junk, whatever you wish to decorate your farmhouse clock!
Since I didn’t have a clock kit on hand, I decided to just turn mine into a faux farmhouse clock to get the look! But you most certainly could outfit a real clock kit with this design if desired.
Start dry fitting all kinds of neat junky hinges or hooks or anything as the clock components. Then attach with screws.
7. After all the junk components were screwed into place, I added some stars in between the 3, 6, 9, and 12.
I used ‘wonky stars’ (not drawn perfectly) from Christmas Graphics HERE.
Rotating black and white, and tilting the stencil in different directions and backwards gave the stars a more random appearance.
The 3 was created from Bingo – Star (large) HERE.
All the junk was mounted with screws.
Now… let’s make a cool farmhouse sign to further enhance that farmhouse decorating vibe!
How to make a Farmhouse Sign
This rustic Farmhouse sign is so easy to make, thanks to an easy-to-use Farmhouse stencil!
1. A plank of wood was coated out in black. One coat did the trick!
Paint used – Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black (website link)
About this stencil
This Farmhouse – small stencil is a bold, clean and timeless stencil sign design, offered in both small and large. It comes with registration marks so it’s effortless to position!
2. Center the farmhouse stencil on top of the painted plank, and use masking tape to secure.
Covering the registration marks is also a good idea.
3. Stencil the words with Fusion Mineral Paint’s Casement.
How to stencil:
- Load your stencil brush with paint.
- Off-load most paint onto a rag until your brush feels dry.
- Tap or swirl paint through the stencil for desired effect.
Learn more tips about how to stencil HERE
Let’s now hang this farmhouse sign up with that salvaged wood clock!
The finished faux farmhouse clock with sign!
Welcome to MY farmhouse!
Regardless of what time it is…
Cute outcome, isn’t it?!
Think you’ll whip up a rustic farmhouse clock of your own?
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