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outdoor clock from a plant stand
white hands on colorful clock
pretty diy outdoor clock
awesome painted outdoor clocks
paints and paint supplies
A couple of weeks ago I received a fun box of goodies from Plaid Crafts. In it was Mod Podge, acrylic craft paint, chalkboard paint, metallic and glitter paints, stencils, paintbrushes, and the coolest little foam brush caps that fit right on top of the bottles of craft paint (just squeeze and paint – SO handy!). The box also contained a $25 gift card to spend at Walmart to purchase a surface on which I could show off some of these great craft products.
paint aisle inside of michaels store
Photo by Literally Inspired (thank you!)
Have you seen the new craft department at Walmart yet? The Plaid section is HUGE! There’s everything from an entire rainbow of paints and supplies to every sort of wooden surface you can imagine!
crafting supplies inside of walmart
Photo by Literally Inspired

See what I mean? TONS of stuff! If you’re feeling uninspired, I suggest a trip to the Plaid aisle of your local Walmart – there’s loads of great ideas to be found there!

outdoor clock examples
I used my gift card to purchase two 14″ wooden plant stands (from the garden department, $7.97 each) and this clock ($5.88). I also grabbed an orange and purple Plaid Folk Art paint to complete the rainbow of colors that they sent to me. For this clock project I only used one of the plant stands, but I already have a matching outdoor thermometer idea in the works!
routing part of outdoor clock
The first step was removing the caster wheels from the bottom of the plant stand. They were just pushed into the pre-drilled holes, so I only had to wiggle them a bit to get them off.
clock slats shown before paint
Next, I gave the entire piece a good sanding to remove the finish, and then spent forevvvvver (seriously, days) trying to decide how I wanted to paint my clock.
clock slot being painted with red color
No matter how many possibilities ran though my head, I kept coming back to the idea of a color wheel (even though my house is already overrun with rainbow colored projects!)…it’s just so ME! What can I say? I love the way that color and order appeal to my eye! I divided my plant stand into 12 equal sections, one for each hour on the clock.
hand painted outdoor clock from a garden stand
I kept painting the colored sections one at a time until the entire color wheel was complete. 12 sections worked out perfectly to complete an entire spectrum of color.
rainbow colored outdoor clock
Since my clock is going to reside outdoors, I gave it a coat of glossy outdoor spray varnish to finish it up.
To turn this from an art piece into a time piece, I removed the hands and gear box from the clock that I purchased (this is easily done by unscrewing and removing the back of the clock) and then drilled a hole into the center of my plant stand to accommodate the new clock pieces. They just snap back together, easy peasy.
man hanging up outdoor clock
I enlisted the service of Handy Hubby to help with his drill skills. He attached two screws to the fence and hung up the clock where we can see it from nearly any place in the yard – yay!
colorful out doors clock idea
I LOVE it! So glad that I trusted my first instinct on the paint job!
colorful garden clock for outdoors
If you’re looking for inspiration, be sure to keep up with Plaid on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more great creative ideas!
Need even MORE inspiration? Check out all of these great projects that were also created with Plaid products:

signature from Heidi, at Happiness is Homemade

DISCLAIMER: This is a paid post for Plaid Crafts via The Blueprint Social. I received compensation for this post as well as products and a Walmart gift card to purchase supplies from Plaid; however, all opinions and project ideas are 100% mine.

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  1. Just saw your project on hello creative family and love it. I tried to make one for my living room. Mine wasn’t looks so good as yours but I’m happy with my work.

    Thank you for sharing your great work with us.

  2. You are seriously so clever. I would never think to do something like this. I love the paint job that you guys did on it. It’s gorgeous! I want one for my craft room wall!

    I included it in a post I did with my favorite rainbow crafts, DIY projects and recipes! I’d love for you to take a peek and share if you think you’re audience would be interested in it.

    Best Wishes,