Ever since I made this 3D textured fabric art, I’ve gone a little overboard with putting raised stencils on everything. From cardboard to nuzzling horses, nothing is safe anymore. So, when our Da Vinci canvas clock gave up the ghost a few weeks back, I didn’t need an excuse to make another one. Only this time, I chose a piece of scrap wood for the base of my wall clock and added a raised mandala stencil.

Don’t throw those wood offcuts away until you’ve seen this easy DIY project. We’ll walk you through the steps to repurpose scrap wood to make a unique wall clock with a raised mandala stencil. It’s eco-friendly and will add a timeless and functional boho vibe to your décor. The tutorial will show you how to fit the clock mechanism inside the wood and add a stencil full of texture and interest.

Sacred mandalas are perfect for something like this. In fact, the Sanskrit word “Mandala” means circle and the pattern was traditionally repeated in four equal quadrants.

Don’t throw those offcuts away until you’ve seen this easy DIY project. We’ll walk you through the steps to repurpose scrap wood to make a unique wall clock with a raised mandala stencil. It’s eco-friendly and will add a timeless and functional boho vibe to your décor. The tutorial will show you how to fit the clock mechanism inside the wood and add a stencil full of texture and interest.

Since my wall clock doesn’t have any numbers, those quadrants visually split the stencil into 15-minute “pie slices” for each quarter of an hour.

Don’t throw those offcuts away until you’ve seen this easy DIY project. We’ll walk you through the steps to repurpose scrap wood to make a unique wall clock with a raised mandala stencil. It’s eco-friendly and will add a timeless and functional boho vibe to your décor. The tutorial will show you how to fit the clock mechanism inside the wood and add a stencil full of texture and interest.

Which makes it easier to read for those of us who grew up watching hour and minute hands move around a circle.

Don’t throw those offcuts away until you’ve seen this easy DIY project. We’ll walk you through the steps to repurpose scrap wood to make a unique wall clock with a raised mandala stencil. It’s eco-friendly and will add a timeless and functional boho vibe to your décor. The tutorial will show you how to fit the clock mechanism inside the wood and add a stencil full of texture and interest.

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What you need

  • Stencil (traditional mandala stencils work best)
  • A scrap piece of wood that’s wide enough for your stencil
  • Raised stencil paste (homemade recipe here)
  • Clock mechanism and batteries
  • Hammer and chisels
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Sander

What you need to make a scrap wood Mandala Clock

How to make a raise Mandala Stencil Wall Clock

Using your stencil as a guide cut a piece of scrap wood to size.

Using the Mandala stencil as guide measure and cut the scrap wood

Our homemade 3D texture paste is water based and I had no idea what this piece of scrap wood had been stained with (I believe most pastes are). Just to be safe, I gave it a good sanding to get rid of the old color and smooth it out.

Sand the scrap wood to get rid of dirt and grime

Place the stencil on the cut piece of wood and mark the center point.

Find the center point on the piece of wood and mark it off. Place the middle of the stencil on the mark

We’ll be adding the threaded spindle that holds the clock hands where the mark is in the next step.

Fitting the clock mechanism

The clock mechanisms you find at most craft stores consist of three main parts:

  • A box that houses the tick-tock bits and battery
  • A threaded spindle
  • Two or three clock hands (minute, hour and sometimes a second hand)

The parts of a clock mechanism for easy reference

If your mechanism looks like the one above, you only need a drill bit that’s just a teeny bit wider than the spindle. My spindle tapered towards the bottom, so I used both a countersink and a wooden drill bit to make the hole.

To ensure the mechanism sits flush inside the wood, you need to countersink the spindle

Drill a hole in the center of the scrap wood

Depending on how thick your piece of scrap wood is you may also need to chisel away a compartment of some sort to fit the tick-tock bits. Easy enough to do. On the back side of the wood, place the clock mechanism face down into the hole. Trace around the black box that houses all the bits.

Place the mechanism on the back of the scarp wood and trace around the edges

Use a hammer and chisel to chip away the wood using the outline as a guide. If you’ve never done something like that, this video will have you chiseling away in no time.

Use a hammer and a chisel to chip away a hole in the scrap wood

Test fit the mechanism until the chiseled area is big and deep enough. The mechanism needs to sit flush inside the hole.

After chiseling test fir the clock mechanism

You want a good piece of the threaded spindle to stick out on the other side.

A view of the clock spindle from the front of the scrap wood

Now that the prep work is done, we can move on to making our wall clock pretty and adding the raised stencil detail. I wanted to keep as much of that beautiful wood grain as possible, so I opted for a homemade tea bag stain.

Staining wood with tea bags

Staining wood with tea bags is both inexpensive and easy to do. You can use any household brand, but keep in mind the type of tea plays a role in the final color. Rooibos tea makes a reddish stain while Earl Grey will be an ashy grey. Be sure to experiment on a piece of scrap wood if you’re not sure. Tea wood stain works best on raw, unstained wood.

Brew up a cup of your favorite tea and set it aside to cool down. The stronger the brew the darker the stain.

Leave the tea bags to soak in boiling water

Use your fingers, a sponge, cloth, paintbrush, or tea bag to smoosh the stain into the wood.

Rub the cooled down tea leaves over the wood to create an aged look

Leave to dry completely and apply a second coat for a darker stain. Keep the tea leaves handy if you want to add more texture to the raised stencil.

How to add the raised stencil

Place the stencil on the wood making sure to line up the center marks.

Drill a hole on the center mark

Mix up a batch of homemade stencil paste (or use the store-bought version) and smear it over the stencil. Don’t apply a very thick layer. You don’t want the clock hands will get stuck on the raised stencil.

Load a spatula or wooden craft stick with the homemade paste and apply it all over the stencil

For added texture you can mix the tea leaves and sawdust into the paste while it’s still wet.

Save the tea leaves and mix them with sawdust to add texture to the raised stencil

Carefully peel the stencil up and leave the paste to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Don’t throw those offcuts away until you’ve seen this easy DIY project. We’ll walk you through the steps to repurpose scrap wood to make a unique wall clock with a raised mandala stencil. It’s eco-friendly and will add a timeless and functional boho vibe to your décor. The tutorial will show you how to fit the clock mechanism inside the wood and add a stencil full of texture and interest.

Adding the clock mechanism

Almost done. Working from the back, insert the threaded spindle and the clock mechanism into the hole (1). On the front side of the wall clock add the washer (2) and then tighten the collar nut around the spindle to secure (3). Pop the hour, minute, and second hand on to the spindle (4) making sure the hands are parallel so they don’t crash into each other as they move around the clock.

Step-by-step guide to adding the clock mechanism to the raised stencil wall clock

Pop in a battery and set the time.

Don’t throw those offcuts away until you’ve seen this easy DIY project. We’ll walk you through the steps to repurpose scrap wood to make a unique wall clock with a raised mandala stencil. It’s eco-friendly and will add a timeless and functional boho vibe to your décor. The tutorial will show you how to fit the clock mechanism inside the wood and add a stencil full of texture and interest.

Hang and enjoy.

Don’t throw those offcuts away until you’ve seen this easy DIY project. We’ll walk you through the steps to repurpose scrap wood to make a unique wall clock with a raised mandala stencil. It’s eco-friendly and will add a timeless and functional boho vibe to your décor. The tutorial will show you how to fit the clock mechanism inside the wood and add a stencil full of texture and interest.

I hung mine over my work bench where she can keep our rustic, nuzzling horses company (tutorial coming soon).

Two DIY Nuzzling horses with raised stencil detail

Not a bad way to add a timeless and functional boho vibe to our décor and it’s eco-friendly too. Just the way I like it.

A gorgeous amber crystal on a piece of scrap wood

Have you made you own wall clock? What did you use?

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Don’t throw those offcuts away until you’ve seen this easy DIY project. We’ll walk you through the steps to repurpose scrap wood to make a unique wall clock with a raised mandala stencil. It’s eco-friendly and will add a timeless and functional boho vibe to your décor. The tutorial will show you how to fit the clock mechanism inside the wood and add a stencil full of texture and interest.

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Don’t throw those offcuts away until you’ve seen this easy DIY project. We’ll walk you through the steps to repurpose scrap wood to make a unique wall clock with a raised mandala stencil. It’s eco-friendly and will add a timeless and functional boho vibe to your décor. The tutorial will show you how to fit the clock mechanism inside the wood and add a stencil full of texture and interest.

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And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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