Howdy Folks! Todd, the husband behind Heritage Home Ec here with a post inspired by my wife’s love of crafting. She loves all things farmhouse, and devised a plan for DIY Wagon Wheels but needed help with engineering it. So I stepped up to help design the best way to make her this adorable Farmhouse Wagon Wheel Clock from embroidery hoops.
Amy and I have been doing some decorative renovation to our bathroom recently. We painted a gorgeous stencil from Cutting Edge stencils in two tones of grey. We used self-adhesive marble paper to redo the countertop. And we framed the huge mirror above the vanity.
Amy is an artist when it comes to DIY home decor, but we were at a standstill at what to use to fill the void on the wall above the commode. We discussed me making an embroidery hoop wagon wheel wreath in a large scale. We also discussed putting up one of those big ole wall clocks.
Cue Amy’s girl crush on Joanna Gaines and our mutual love of the Gaines’ Magnolia empire and farmhouse style in general.
Clock Meets DIY Farmhouse Wagon Wheel Wreath
Well, my creative lightbulb popped on (albeit somewhat dimly at first). Then the mechanical/creative wheels started turning. What if I combined the two ideas? My wagon wheel design does have 12 spokes after all. How did I not realize it would make a perfect clock??
After a quick trip to Hobby Lobby, I had everything I believed I needed to proceed. Thankfully, with the design engineering having been completed on the original DIY Farmhouse Wagon Wheel Wreath, I was able to dive right into the build.
For this project, I elected to go with a 23″ outer embroidery hoop and a 6″ inner hoop. I also chose to double the inner hoop (side to side) to increase the thickness and accommodate the clockwork.
Following the same assembly procedures as in the DIY Farmhouse Wagon Wheel Wreath, it was time to make this thing tell time.
Installing Clockworks into DIY Farmhouse Wagon Wheel Clock
I found a nice, round wooden plate piece that fits into the center ring with minimal modification. I used my router to fit it to the inner dimension. Hobby Lobby also supplied me with a basic 2 hand battery operated clock mechanism. It amazed me that it almost perfectly fit the 2-foot diameter of the clock.
Going back to the router, I created a pocket in the back of the plate to neatly house the clockworks. A 3/8″ hole through the center of the plate created the space to push the center pin that holds the hands of the clock.
Because of the 12 spokes on the wheel, the was then a very simple process to apply numbers at each spoke point around the outer hoop, creating the clock face.
Amy stained the embroidery hoops with her favorite Weathered Grey stain, and there we had it. A big old wagon wheel clock that perfectly filled the void on the bathroom wall.
To make your own DIY Farmhouse Wagon Wheel Clock, get the instructions for the base here or by clicking the image below.