Have you ever drawn a Mandala? They’re so relaxing to create. I love to draw them, paint them, and even wood burn them! Since my goal this year has been to add more color to my life, a colorful rainbow mandala seemed to be a perfect way to accomplish that goal. One of my favorite Walnut Hollow shapes is the Globe Shape. I think this beautiful round globe is the perfect medium for a mandala. I also have a thing for functional decor so it was simple to turn the Globe shape into a working clock. The 12 point mandala acts as the numbers and it turned out so fun!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Mandala Globe Clock:
- Walnut Hollow Globe Shape, Large
- Walnut Hollow 3/4 Clock Movement
- Walnut Hollow Clock Hands (I used these Black Clock Hands)
- Drill with a 5/16 spade drill bit
- Painters tape
- 12 point Mandala (12 point mandala guide grid)
- Walnut Hollow Graphite Transfer Paper
- Dot tools (or the back end of some paintbrushes)
The first step is to draw your 12 point mandala. There are 12-hour numbers on a clock, so I wanted to represent those with points on my mandala. I printed out this 12 point mandala grid that I made and used that as a guide to draw my mandala.
Place a piece of transfer paper onto the globe surface and put your mandala drawing over it. Tape them into place using masking or painters tape. Trace your design to transfer it to the wood globe shape. Remove the drawing and the transfer paper.
Use the dot tools or the rounded back end of a paintbrush and fill in your mandala design with paint dots. This takes a long time, but it’s so relaxing! Like art meditation. I used a variety of rainbow colors in white, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue and green to color my mandala.
Paint the globe stand part of the wood shape. I used a grey paint wash to keep it understated. I didn’t want the stand to draw attention from the rainbow mandala. I used painters tape to keep the grey paint from seeping onto the globe.
Drill a hole in the center of your mandala for the clock movement kit to fit through. I used a 5/16 spade drill bit to make my hole. I drilled the hole after painting the mandala because I wanted to make sure the clock hands were in the center of my mandala once it was finished.
Follow the instructions on your clock movement kit to attach the clock hands to the globe shape. It was a perfect fit! I used these bold black clock hands so they would be easily visible over the colorful background.
I have my Globe clock sitting on a table surface, but it could easily hang on the wall instead.
Come back soon for more amazing Mandala inspiration all month long and be sure to follow Walnut Hollow on Pinterest for even more great ideas!
After studying Culinary Arts in Portland Oregon, Kelli went back home to the sunny South West where she decided she wanted to do different kinds of Art. This busy mom of three spends all of her available free time creating in her Craft Shack “she shed” where she can be found burning wood, repurposing old stuff, crafting, and painting just about anything she can get her hands on.