How to Make an Easy DIY Farmhouse Clock

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A farmhouse clock can complete the design in your house. Lately, people are embracing rusting antiques and decorations even in a modern house.

This lock can be a statement piece in the house. Making the clock yourself gives you a chance to customize it and make it fit your living room design.

I craft things all the time and even try to involve the kids where possible. If you are looking for a chance to get creative, here is how you make a farmhouse clock.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

You are going to need:

  • Nail gun
  • Pallet wood
  • Black paint pen
  • Paint bush
  • Clock movements and hands
  • Boards
  • White paint
  • Twine
  • Jigsaw

Step 2: Prepare the Pallet Wood Pieces

Lay all your pieces on the ground and ensure they are properly lined. Place a nail in the middle of the pallet woods and tie a string or twine to it.

The twine will help measure the diameter of the clock. It’s the best way to make an accurate circle from the pallet wood.

Mark the diameter as you move the string and use the jigsaw to cut the circle out. The circle might be a little bit imperfect, but you can straighten everything out.

If you like how the wood looks, you can continue with the other steps. But if you want to add some richness to the pallet wood, stain it.

Staining is optional, but I think it makes the clock look beautiful and finished. Pick the right stain so that you don’t compromise the farmhouse clock’s authenticity.

You can taste a few colours on a piece of wood before you pick. You will see a significant difference between the stained and the natural wood.

Step 3: Trace another Circle on the Clock

Let the stain dry for 24 hours before you resume. Most people don’ stain the wood because it takes longer to dry and elongates the DIY project.

Using the same nail and twine technique, trace a smaller circle on the clock. The small circle in the middle of the clock will remain unpainted.

But the outer circle will have white paint. White milk paint dries faster; you should only give it a few minutes.

To achieve the real rustic look, use your palm sander for sanding the painted area. Use light motions to avoid getting rid of the paint entirely.

Trace a small circle at the edge of the clock and mark it with the black paint pen. You should then measure the clock to ensure you spread the minute marks evenly.

Once you have the measurements, you can start drawing the tick marks on the smaller white circle. You have to be as accurate as possible when you draw with the paint pen.

Your minute marks should be thicker after every five-minute interval.

Step 4: Add the Numerals

Pick a font you like and use it to add the numerals. Cut an X, V, and I and use them to trace the numerals on the clock.

Using a paintbrush to add the numerals will be very tedious; that is why I recommend a paint pen instead. Make the numerals look however you want as long as they appear in the right places.

You can add some writing on the middle part of the clock to personalize it before adding the clock hands. But it’s also fine to leave the clock without any words or signatures in the middle.

Step 5: Add the Clock Hands

You can purchase the clock hands in any store. Black clock hands would be best if you use black and white paint on the farmhouse clock.

It should also be thick enough to match the size of your numerals. A thin clock hand will not be visible from far, that’s why you must consider the size.

The clock hands or movement usually comes with instructions on installing it on the clock. Follow them religiously and complete the project.

If you are going to start using it immediately, ensure you set it to the correct time. After all, is said and done, you must figure out where you will place the clock.

Usually, the living room is the best place. You can’t go through all this trouble not to display your work for everyone to see.


To complete a farmhouse clock DIY project, you should try following these steps.

Step 1: gather supplies

Step 2: prepare the pallet wood pieces

Step 3: trace another circle on the clock

Step 4: add the numerals

Step 5: add the clock hands