step 3 / Position your wooden spools around the inside rim of your ceiling medallion, as shown, and adhere them using your strong glue. Allow the glue to set for a half hour or so, so that your spools don’t shift during the next step. Once they are set, place a ring of glue on the top of each spool, as shown.
August 15, 2011
Ceiling Medallion Wall Clock Tutorial
I have recently been sprucing up my kitchen decor (more on that to come tomorrow), and in doing so, I knew I wanted to include a large wall clock in the display. One of my current color crazes is metallic copper (something that started with my Faux Hammered Copper project here), and in creating my clock, I knew I wanted that color to come into prominent play. Today I’m going to share a tutorial for how to create this deceptively easy wall clock using a ceiling medallion. All set to see how it’s done? Let’s get started!
For this project, you will need…
A 16-inch ceiling medallion (found in the lighting section of your home improvement store)
Clock movement set (found in craft stores)
1 7-inch beveled wood plaque
Fine-grit sand paper
Power drill and bit
Spray primer (optional) and paint
Adhesive vinyl and die cutting machine (I used my Silhouette)
3/4″ wood spools
step 1 / Mark the center of your wood plaque. Drill a small guide hole through your center mark using a small bit. (This will keep your drill from bouncing around when you drill your final hole.) Using a bit large enough to accommodate your clock movement (I used a 1/4″ bit), drill a hole through your plaque. Sand your plaque smooth, if necessary. Spray with primer, if desired, and allow to dry before spraying with your desired shade of paint. Set plaque aside to dry completely. If you wish, spray paint your clock hands and allow them to dry completely.
step 2 / Use your die cutter to cut numbers from your vinyl. (If you don’t own a cutting machine, you can use stencils and paint or pre-cut vinyl stickers, found in most craft stores.) Adhere the numbers to your clock face, making sure to carefully position them in just the right place. I chose to place numbers only at 12, 3, 6, and 9 to avoid having my clock face become too cluttered.
step 4 / Position your clock face on top of your glue-covered spools, carefully centering it on your medallion. Set aside to dry completely. Once the glue is dry, slide your clock movement piece up through the hole your drilled in step one, so that the hanger on the back of the movement piece is precisely aligned with the 12 position on your clock face. (Notice how the spools allow the clock movement to be flush with the back of your medallion? This will allow you to hang your clock flat on the wall.) Now, follow the package directions for your clock movement to position the fasteners and hands in the appropriate configuration.