DIY Rustic Barn Wood Pallet Decor

We live in Ohio where barn wood abounds and though I can resource it, sometimes it can be expensive because of its growing popularity. Because there’s been so much interest in my barn wood pallet shutters, I thought I would share some more of the projects I made with those same old weathered pallets.

After I made the shutters, I still had a good supply of wood remaining, and I had plans on how to make the most of that wood. The very first thing I wanted to make with them was a clock.

DIY Rustic Barn Wood Pallet Decor by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

The clock I wanted to replace has been in our possession since we were married 15 yrs. ago and was the cheapest coordinating Walmart-brand clock we could find (we were newlyweds and college students = no money).  I must say to my amazement, it is still running because I used the works from inside that clock to build this one made from pallet wood!

I basically took four random scrap pieces and lay them together.  I took another two scrap pieces and attached them across the first pieces, making sure to catch all four slats.  I had to make sure to leave enough room between the slats to hold the clockworks.  My ever-helpful hubby routed a spot for me so that the pin of the clockworks could protrude out the front enough to catch the clock hands.  Last, I took my handy jigsaw (one of my favorite tools) and cut out the size circle I had trace on the front of the four slats.
*Don’t you love my mismatched screws…I was not about to run to the store for a couple screws and I love using up my miscellaneous hardware stash.
DIY Rustic Barn Wood Pallet Decor by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
To get the stenciled clock face: First, I found the clock face graphic on my favorite free graphics site, The Graphics Fairy found here.  Then, I printed the clock face in the size I wanted (not reversed).  Next, I took an light-colored artists pastel and rubbed all over the back of the clock face print, making sure to cover all the text areas I wanted.
Once I had positioned the graphic where I wanted it on the blank pallet circle, I took a blunt colored pencil (a color that I could see where I had already traced) and traced the clock face numeral outlines and hash marks, pushing firmly to make the pastel transfer to the pallet wood.  Last, I hand-painted the solid numerals and hash marks with an ivory-colored acrylic craft paint.
My original clock hands were black, so I spray painted them white.  Installed the works, attached the hands (don’t forget the battery), and used a very primitive wire mount with which to hang the clock.  Done! 
Had I known I would be sharing this with you, I would have taken pictures of the process when I was making it a year ago – sorry! :o)
My other use-up-the-pallet projects included:
A table centerpiece
DIY Rustic Barn Wood Pallet Decor by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
Can you believe I scored over a dozen antique blue Ball Mason jars (quart & pint-sized) from a very generous freecycle lady?  Yes!!  I knew I had to make a centerpiece to display them.  At a later point, that same lady gave me her grandmothers stash of hand-embroidered linens, her own work… a whole grocery-bag full!  Needless to say, I needed no other gifts that year.
A plate rack
DIY Rustic Barn Wood Pallet Decor by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
This shelf was made simply by leaving part of the pallet intact and features some of my thrifted finds just using some spray-painted cup hooks.
And there you have it! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
Pin and share! ♥
Don't pass by that cast-off pallet! It's got potential for a clock, plate rack, and centerpiece. Come see how! by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
More of my repurposed creations:
Create a repurposed coat rack using cast off barn wood and furniture pieces by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesAntique Stereo Repurposed Into Sewing Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
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  • Yvonne @ StoneGable

    What a great clock!!! I love it’s old look. And to think you made it from scrap wood!!!! Very smart!!!

    June 20, 2013 at 3:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you Yvonne! I’m just glad it works. :o)

      June 20, 2013 at 10:05 am Reply
  • Pamela

    Larissa I love everything you made. I need one of those clocks for out on our patio! Thank you so much for stopping by Treasure Hunt Thursday!

    June 20, 2013 at 10:57 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Glad to hear it! Thanks for stopping by!

      June 20, 2013 at 11:31 pm Reply
  • Daisy

    I’m stopping over from Miss Mustard Seed. Your clock is amazing! I have a lot of old wood, so I now know what I’m going to do with it! Thanks for the idea!

    June 21, 2013 at 11:34 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks for stopping by Daisy! Honestly, if you have ANY questions when you decide to build one, please feel free to ask away! :o)

      June 21, 2013 at 11:42 pm Reply
  • kellyorr

    I love the clock! Great job! I think my boys would like one similar for their room..

    I’ve had a great time perusing your Pinterest boards. We seem to have lots in common. I am a homeschooling mom of 7, and love to do projects when I can. And we are neighbors, since I live in Indiana.

    Have a blessed day!

    June 23, 2013 at 8:00 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hi Kelly! I’ve just been checking out your Pinterest boards and blog too, and thought we had so much in common. Great to have you stop by! Keep up the good work. :o)

      June 23, 2013 at 9:31 am Reply
  • [email protected] Shabby Cottage Home

    I love your clock, and the other things you made with pallet boards. My daughters have made some pallet board shelves for their walls and I’m lovin’ the look.

    June 26, 2013 at 10:59 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! Yes, you can do so much with reclaimed wood. I have more projects to share in the future, so check back or follow me. :o)

      June 26, 2013 at 11:13 pm Reply
  • balzac44

    I just looove your table center piece!I´m a bit at a loss as to what kind of Wood you use, but anything old would do, no?
    great work!

    June 27, 2013 at 7:30 am Reply
  • Good Time Charlie

    Coming here from the Graphics Fairy. I love this project! Pinning! Would love it if you had time to stop by and share at my Link Party this Thursday afternoon through Sunday. Great work!

    July 3, 2013 at 4:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks for stopping by! I will definitely check out your Link Party. I love your blog and your design. Great work!

      July 3, 2013 at 10:09 am Reply
  • Pearl Maple

    how creative, thanks for sharing

    July 6, 2013 at 5:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re welcome! I hope it inspires someone to give it a try. :o)

      July 6, 2013 at 10:24 am Reply
  • Sherry Thecharmofhome

    Great projects! I love the plate rack! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

    July 11, 2013 at 3:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hi Sherry! Thanks for stopping by and your kind words. :o)

      July 11, 2013 at 10:26 am Reply
  • Good Time Charlie

    I love this project so much! Thank you for sharing at Redoux. Featuring at my party today at 5:00 EST

    July 11, 2013 at 2:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      So flattered for the feature! Thank you!

      July 11, 2013 at 3:02 pm Reply
  • [email protected] A Life

    Hi Larissa,
    I’m over from Common Ground to tell you I’m in LOVE with your clock-mismatched screws and all!! (totally how I operate, also) It’s just gorgeous, and I think I’m inspired to try one of my own. Thanks so much for sharing this!

    Jeanette @ Creating a Life

    July 11, 2013 at 7:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Ha! Too funny. I just function best I can with 5 kids because, honestly, who wants to get them all ready to run to the store for a tiny package of screws? I’d love to see yours if you do one!

      July 11, 2013 at 7:59 pm Reply
  • Karen

    Great projects, love the clock. It’s amazing that you were able to recycle the workings from your old clock..

    August 2, 2013 at 5:41 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Karen. Yep, the clock is still ticking as I type. :o)

      August 2, 2013 at 5:43 pm Reply
  • Allison @ The Golden Sycamore

    Love that clock! It looks so great! I especially love the rustic look of it. Well done!

    August 2, 2013 at 6:13 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks!! It’s so fun to reuse. :o)

      August 2, 2013 at 6:44 pm Reply
  • SisustEllen

    Lovely things you have made:) Hope you can visit my blogg some day. I made a rack from driftwood…
    Greetings and hugs♥

    August 20, 2013 at 6:01 pm Reply
  • Becca Diestelkamp-Woodham

    Great project! Thanks for stopping by DIY Vintage Chic’s Friday’s Five Features and Fun Festivities. Don’t forget to stop back by this Friday!

    August 27, 2013 at 8:23 pm Reply
  • Petite Michelle Louise

    wow larissa…fabulous and CLEVER!! “merci” for joining in on Grey Dey Thursdey! 😉

    September 25, 2013 at 8:50 pm Reply
  • [email protected]

    LUV the clock!

    September 25, 2013 at 10:06 pm Reply
  • Marie Blackburn

    Well Hello again Larissa – this is the second project I have found and loved at a linky party this afternoon. This one I found over at the Junkers Unite party. Love this pallet clock – I think I’d like to make one in the Spring for our deck. Thanks for the inspiration!
    [email protected]

    October 22, 2013 at 11:16 pm Reply
  • Lori Rowe

    Love, love LOVE, your pallet projects! Thank you for the inspiration! I already had 2 clocks in mind to make and love yours. The plate rack idea is divine, and I’m making that ASAP as I have old plates and hankies I’ve been wanting to display and that is the answer!! Thank you, thank you and God bless you. I homeschooled both my kids up til high school and it is such a blessing.

    February 10, 2014 at 1:08 pm Reply
  • im1cher

    Love your rustic items! I’ve been wanting to build some items like your plate rack. And right now I have stacks of pallets in my back yard that I’ll be harvesting the slats from to cut down and attach as house shakes to the pallet shed I’m almost done building. I’m curious what you meant by “This shelf was made simply by leaving part of the pallet intact…” I assume, since I’m pretty familiar with various styles of pallets, lol, that you mean the closed end, where the fork cannot pass through. Yes? And that would mean that from each pallet end you cut off that you can cut it into halves or thirds, and cut a piece off another part of the pallet to enclose the ends of the shelf?

    December 5, 2014 at 6:51 am Reply
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