Brighten Up Any Wall With a Pinwheel Clock

Pinwheel Clock Square

A few years ago we remodeled our house and in addition to another bedroom we added on a craft room. Over time this little room has become a creative haven for the entire family; the walls are filled with our crafty makings and colorful inspiration boards. Lately we’ve been adding little touches that continue to make this a place that encourages our children’s imaginations, like this whimsical Pinwheel Wall Clock.

Pinwheel Clock Supplies


The first step of this project is to measure where to drill the 12 holes for the pinwheels.

Measure the circumference of the circle, if you are using the 10″x10″ Circle it should be 31 1/2″. Divide that number by twelve: 31 1/2″ ÷ 12 = 2 5/8″. Measure and mark the edge of the circle for drilling, and using a bit the same width as your pinwheels drill holes 1/4″ to 1/2″ deep.

Drilling Pinwheel Clock

Next, use the Versa-Tool® and Hot Stamps to burn in the numbers of the clock face. I can’t stress enough how important it is to read the instructions provided and always test before you burn on your final project.

Burning Pinwheel Clock

When burning you’ll also want to be sure to press STRAIGHT down, don’t wiggle.

Use the drilled holes as a guide when burning, and remember more than one hour on the clock contains a “1” get them all done at once so you don’t have to switch out your stamps more than necessary.

Paint Pinwheel Clock

Before we painted on our polka dots we oiled the circle using mineral oil. Oiling the wood helps protect it and, in my opinion, gives the natural color and grain of the wood a glow. Polka dots are always a fun and easy way to add color to a project and if you use a sponge dauber you can get uniform circles.

Glueing Pinwheels to Clock

Before you add your clock movement glue your pinwheels into place.

To add the Clock Movement refer to the instructions; they very clearly show the order in which to add the various parts so that everything works the way it should. Also, be sure to read the clock surface product description on the Walnut Hollow website. They tell you which clock movements, and clock hands, will work with the various surfaces.

One of the great things about Walnut Hollow products is that they can be customized to fit your decor and needs. The 3/4″ clock movement came with a set of gold hands, but to make it easier for the kids to read we were able to easily switch them out with a set of larger Black Hands.

Pinwheel Clock Horizontal
This colorful clock is the perfect fit for our crafting space and looks right at home along side the kids’ artwork.
For more creative clock and wood burning, home decor ideas follow Walnut Hollow on Pinterest.
Pinwheel Clock Stepped
There’s still time!  Take advantage of the Walnut Hollow Back to School Sale before it’s gone: Buy two Hot Stamps and get a third set free. Use the promo code : HOTSTAMPS until August 18, 2016.

Erin Sipes - Erin is a writer, crafter, and homeschooling mother of four based in rural Missouri. On her blog, My Very Educated Mother, she shares projects, crafts, recipes, family activities, and household tips, aimed at encouraging readers to foster creativity in their lives and homes.

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