Chromatic Wall Clock

on April 1, 2016

This chromatic wall clock was inspired by a similar one found at one of my favorite decor sources – The Land of Nod

This Chromatic Wall Clock was inspired by The Land of Nod

For those of you who’ve not been subjected to the swoon-worthiness of The Land of Nod, first, you’re missing out – second, think your favorite store or catalog, full of every one of your favorite decor items and some you didn’t know you’d love until you saw them. Now imagine that same store is for kids. 

I was asked by Melissa of Pig and Rabbit to join with a group of talented bloggers tasked with creating one item – any item – from the Land of Nod catalog. Please be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page for a look at some of the projects submitted. 

I’m not a stranger to The Land of Nod inspired projects, nor is this the first TLON project used in my son’s room, but it’s currently my favorite TLON inspired project! 

I chose to create a fun, 12-point star-shaped chromatic clock for my son’s room. This project was such a great learning experience for me – a great intermediate-beginner project. I’ve done some woodworking over the years, but I played with more tools, and gained more knowledge from this little clock than on anything else I’ve ever worked on! 

The pattern was made on my Silhouette Portrait and pieced together, then transferred to a 17.5″, 1″ thick,  round. 

I used a table saw to cut the first few inches into each tip and finished with a jig saw. 

Next, I used a router to cut out a large enough square to house the clock case, by tracing the clock case onto the back. I was so excited to be using the router that I didn’t concern myself with cutting a perfect square, as you can see! Next time, I’ll be using a guide now that I’m comfortable with the router – so proud of that! 

I added a hole to the center of the routered box to accommodate the clock shaft and added a coat of black paint to the back and sides of the clock. 

Despite my best efforts, and taped off the front diligently, there was a significant amount of bleed-through. But nothing that a good sanding couldn’t help! 

Once the clock base was complete, I moved onto the clock face. Once again, I used my Silhouette Portrait to create and cut out the stencil patterns in self-adhesive vinyl. Working with a few star points at a time, I applied the stencil and painted each point in a different acrylic paint color.  

Then, I applied the number stencils, ensuring each lined up appropriately, outlined each diamond shape using a fine black paint-pen and a ruler. 

Then touched up where needed using a small brush. 

Finally, the whole piece received two or three coats of clear glossy enamel. 

The clock case and hands were added to the clock face, the time was set, then the whole clock found it’s new home in my son’s room. It was love at first sight! 

I hope this project is love at first sight for you too! 

Please visit these other Land of Nod inspired projects by some of my favorite DIY’ers! 

 Hobnail House – Designer Inspired DIY Lighting 
 Uncookie Cutter – Simple Toy Shelf Upgrade 
 Pocketful of Posies – Rainy Day in Paris Play Tent 
 Pig + Rabbit – Easy DIY Kid’s Table 
 Knock It Off Kim – Chromatic Wall Clock 
 My Life From Home – DIY Wall Cubbies

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  • Chanell

    It's really fab, Kim! It turned out so like the inspiration! I love it.

    April 1, 2016 at 1:27 pm Reply
    • admin

      Thanks Chanell! I wish I'd been able to change it up a bit more to make it my own, but honestly, it was enough of a feat just to make it work THAT way! haha This challenge has been so fun and I've learned so much! Can't wait for the next one šŸ˜‰

      April 1, 2016 at 1:49 pm Reply
  • Uncookie Cutter

    Oh my, I love it!! Looks perfect and what a penny saver :). I need a silhouette! Great work, and I'm jealous of your newfound router knowledge.

    April 1, 2016 at 1:30 pm Reply
    • admin

      Thank you! You must get one. I am now running around the house looking for things to route – if that's even a thing. Does one "route" things?

      April 1, 2016 at 1:53 pm Reply
  • Mary Hunnicutt

    What a great project! I love the bright colors!

    April 1, 2016 at 2:37 pm Reply
  • Shabby Grace Blog

    WOW, this is SO cool! Way to go and it's perfect in the gallery wall!

    April 1, 2016 at 2:40 pm Reply
  • Amy Dowling

    What a great project! You did a fab job using those tools. I'm impressed. Love it! šŸ™‚

    April 1, 2016 at 8:21 pm Reply
  • Kashis the Blog

    This is such a great idea! It's a great project for the kids since they like all of that creative stuff. And the colors are amazing.

    April 8, 2016 at 3:11 pm Reply
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