HOME DECOR DIY: Sunrise to Sunset Wood Clock

This sunrise to sunset wood clock was a gift to my husband. I reinterpreted a stylized landscape with a setting sun that I've been creating since I was a teen. I deconstructed the landscape by placing colors and patterns representing a sun, sky, land and water. I picked pale and muted DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint colors, so they wouldn't overpower each other. You can interpret this clock project with any colors and patterns you desire. I had a stash of retro style wood bingo numbers, which worked great for the clock numbers. One big tip about creating a clock is to make sure the clock shaft is the same length as the wood thickness. I had to go back and buy a 2nd clock mechanism after realizing the shafts come in different lengths. The wood circles won't always have the depth printed on their labels, so bring a tape measure with you if you're not ordering online. The clock mechanisms DO have the shaft length printed on the packaging. I sealed this clock with DecoArt Americana Decor Soft Touch Varnish, but it's available in a Light Satin and Ultra Matte finish too.

DecoArt provided me with their paint and varnish products used in this project. They didn't pay me to create this project or tutorial. I use Amazon Affiliate links. Any purchases made using these links results in Amazon paying me a small commission.

1) Use a piece of fine grit sandpaper to smooth out the wood circle. The edges are normally rough.
2) Using a ruler, divide the wood clock face into 12 even pie triangles. Use a pencil to lightly draw lines that segment at the clock middle.

3) I listed the paint colors above in the order they appear, starting at 12 and working around like a clock. I painted every other triangle solid and the remaining in patterns. The solid triangles need two coats. The patterns are a one coat chance to get it right. Since this is raw wood, there is limited ability to hide mistakes. I found the liner brushes worked great for outlining the triangles and adding the patterns. The wider flat brush is handy for filling in the triangles.

4) Sort the bingo numbers to find 1-12. Paint their sides and the side of the clock face with Champagne Gold. This might need 2-3 coats of full coverage gold. Use a small brush for the numbers and a wider brush for the clock side. Let this dry fully.

5) Lay out the numbers, segmenting the triangles evenly. Make sure the numbers are turned so they appear vertical. Apply a glob of Tacky Glue to the back of one number and squish down in place. There's some working time to get the number positioned correctly. Use a damp paint brush to clean up any excess glue. Repeat for each number. Let dry fully.

6) Follow the instruction on the clock mechanism packaging for installing it. 

7) Using a wide flat brush and DecoArt Soft Touch Varnish, seal the clock. Smooth out any build up around the bingo numbers.

8) Cut a piece of twine and tie the ends together. Using a hot glue gun, secure the twine loop on the clock back aligning with the 12.

9) Add batteries to the clock mechanism. Set the time.

10) Hang the clock on the wall with a cup hook that is screwed into the wall.

I love how this clock turned out. My husband enjoyed receiving a special Valentine's Day present. I wasn't sure when I was going to post this project, but with Father's Day coming up, I though the timing was good. It's not a holiday specific project, so it works for graduations, birthdays, retirements, Christmas, promotions, or just because. Again you can pick any designs and color you want. The DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints line is large and they add new colors yearly. There's also many Dazzling Metallic, Craft Twinkles, and Glamour Dust colors to layer with for added sparkle. Whatever you're making, have fun with it. Happy Makery.


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