How to make a Rustic, Faux Pallet Wood Wall Clock

I have another pallet wood tutorial from Debi Schmitz today (she shared her Faux Pallet Wood Snowman earlier this week). I think you’ll be amazed at Debi’s Rustic, Faux Pallet Wood Clock. It looks so real! But, once again, you won’t need power tools or big muscles to craft this rustic wall clock. And once you’re done, it’s so lightweight that it’s easy to hang, too. Don’t you love the look?

Rustic Wall Clock -- looks like wood but it's made from foam!

To make a Rustic, Faux Pallet Wood Clock, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 12” x 1” sheet (or, cut a larger sheet to size)
  • Plate, bowl or other item with 10” diameter (this will be your pattern)
  • Spackling compound (Debi likes DAP All-Purpose Spackling Paste)
  • Wood dowel, 36” x ¼”
  • Acrylic craft paint in burnt umber
  • Clock movement with hands and ¾” shaft
  • Metal washer in black, ¾”
  • Felt in tan, 1/3 yd.
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil or pen; ruler; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; straight pins; disposable bowl; spoon; sandpaper; soft rag; paper towels; small Phillips screwdriver or other punch tool; 1” paintbrush; wire cutter

To make a Rustic, Faux Pallet Wood Clock:

1. Center your plate, bowl or other 10” round item on the sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam and trace around the outside edge, scoring the foam. Wax your serrated knife with an old candle or bar of soap and cut out the foam circle. Lightly sand and smooth the edges with a scrap piece of foam.

2. Using the pencil and ruler, divide the circle into five, 2” wide strips. Cut apart the strips.

3. Place spackling paste in a disposable bowl, and mix in water till it’s the consistency of slightly melted ice cream. You want it to spread easily and smoothly, but not be so runny that it drips. Using a kitchen knife or putty knife, spread a light coating of spackling paste onto the fronts and sides of the foam pieces. Let dry.

4. Lightly sand the pieces smooth on the fronts and sides with sandpaper. Carve in a few wood grooves and other scars.

5. Carefully punch a hole for the clock shaft, working from the front to the back, on the middle strip. Turn the piece over, center the clock box, and trace around it. Carefully carve out this area, making a ¼” deep square for the clock box.

How to create the look of real wood from a sheet of Styrofoam.

It looks like real wood, doesn’t it?

6. Wipe down each piece with a soft rag, removing all dust and sanding residue. Paint the sides and fronts of each piece brown. Let dry slightly and then with a damp paper towel, wipe off the outer layer of paint for a very light stained look.

7. Using the wire cutters, cut the wood dowel into nine, 2” pieces.

clock assembly 2

8. Assemble the clock:

  • Refer to the photo, and make shallow, ½” deep holes along the right-hand side of each foam strip. Make sure you don’t make holes in the exterior edges! Stagger the holes, so that the dowels between each pair are offset.
  • Place glue on one end of each 2” dowel and insert the dowel 1” deep into the holes along the right-hand sides of each piece. Place a dab of glue on the other end of each dowel, match up the holes on the left-hand sides, and push the pieces together.

9. Spray the clock with an acrylic spray and let dry.

10. Place the clock on the tan felt, and trace around it. Cut out felt circle and glue to the back of the clock. Trim away the felt covering the cut-out square for the clockworks.

11. Insert the movement stem and attach the hands according to the instructions, making sure to use the black metal washer against the face of the clock. Insert battery.

Can you believe this rustic wall clock isn't wood? It's made from Styrofoam. Tutorial on

Faux Pallet Wood Clock by Debi Schmitz.

If you love this technique and rustic look, I have more faux pallet art ideas here and here.

I hope you can make the time to make this time piece! And how time is flying – the first week in August is already over. How has your summer been?

Happy crafting.



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11 Responses to How to make a Rustic, Faux Pallet Wood Wall Clock

  1. Francine says:

    Thanks ‘!

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  4. LisaM6 says:

    This Clock is so rustic and lightweight. Love this.

  5. Summer here has either been so hot that you could breed sheep or raining and gloomy!! Not sure which one I prefer!
    I am a clock addict and have four in my craft room! Looks like another will soon be joining the family! LOVE this easy peasy puddin’ pie clock and will have to get the Styrofoam so I can make it!! I have 6 clock mechanisms on hand so need to stock back up on my Styrofoam!!

    • Sharon says:

      Glad you like this “hands on” project, Barb. Please let me know if you DIY it. I hope the weather cooperates over the next few weeks, because we know what’s around the corner. Craft on! Sharon

  6. annehaun says:

    This is amazing – no wood involved! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Becca Christensen says:

    I love this project. Going to make a bunch for Christmas presents. Thanks for the wonderful ideas.

    • Sharon says:

      Hooray – it’s “time” for Christmas crafting! I hope you’ll share photos of your clocks – I’d love to see them. Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

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