This DIY starburst wall clock is inspired by one found at The Land of Nod. Not only adorable, this wall clock is an excellent woodworking starter project!

diy starburst wall clock
For those of you who’ve not been subjected to the swoon-worthiness of The Land of Nod, first, you’re missing out – second, think your favorite store or catalog, full of every one of your favorite decor items and some you didn’t know you’d love until you saw them. Now imagine that same store is for kids.

diy starburst wall clock - chromatic

I was asked by Melissa of Pig and Rabbit to join with a group of talented bloggers tasked with creating one item – any item – from the Land of Nod catalog. Please be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page for a look at some of the projects submitted.

I’m not a stranger to The Land of Nod inspired projects, nor is this the first TLON project used in my son’s room, but it’s currently my favorite TLON inspired project!

I chose to create a fun, 12-point star-shaped chromatic wall clock for my son’s room. This project was such a great learning experience for me – a great intermediate-beginner woodworking project. I’ve done some woodworking over the years, but I played with more tools, and gained more knowledge from this little clock than on anything else I’ve ever worked on!

diy starburst wall clock - make a pattern

The pattern was made on my Silhouette Portrait and pieced together, then transferred to a 17.5″, 1″ thick,  round.
diy starburst wall clock - jigsaw
Next, I used a router to cut out a large enough square to house the clock case, by tracing the clock case onto the back. I was so excited to be using the router that I didn’t concern myself with cutting a perfect square, as you can see! Next time, I’ll be using a guide now that I’m comfortable with the router – so proud of that!

diy starburst wall clock - router
I added a hole to the center of the routered box to accommodate the clock shaft and added a coat of black paint to the back and sides of the piece.

diy starburst wall clock- paint back

diy starburst wall clock - fix edges
Despite my best efforts, and taped off the front diligently, there was a significant amount of bleed-through. But nothing that a good sanding couldn’t help!

Once the clock base was complete, I moved onto the clock face. Once again, I used my Silhouette Portrait to create and cut out the stencil patterns in self-adhesive vinyl. Working with a few star points at a time, I applied the stencil and painted each in a different acrylic paint color.

diy starburst wall clock - begin painting

diy starburst wall clock - finish diamonds

Then, I applied the number stencils, ensuring each lined up appropriately, outlined each diamond shape using a fine black paint-pen and a ruler.

diy starburst wall clock - stencil
Then touched up where needed using a small brush.

diy starburst wall clock - touchup

Finally, the whole piece received two or three coats of clear glossy enamel.

diy starburst wall clock - clear enamel
Last steps, install the clock mechanism, hands and set the time.

And, of course, find the clock a home!

diy starburst wall clock - finished

diy starburst wall clock - closeup
diy starburst wall clock - gallery wall

I learned so much from this project and my son loves his new clock. If you decide to take on your own clock, please, drop me a line so I can see how it turns out!

Please visit these other Land of Nod inspired projects by some of my favorite DIY’ers!
diy starburst wall clock - feature

wall clock

 Hobnail House – Designer Inspired DIY Lighting
 Uncookie Cutter – Simple Toy Shelf Upgrade
 Pocketful of Posies – Rainy Day in Paris Play Tent
 Pig + Rabbit – Easy DIY Kid’s Table
 Knock It Off Kim – Chromatic Wall Clock
My Life From Home – DIY Wall Cubbies
Pin for later: DIY Chromatic Wall Clock 

diy starburst wall clock


  1. Chanell on April 1, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    It's really fab, Kim! It turned out so like the inspiration! I love it.

    • admin on April 1, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      Thanks Chanell! I wish I'd been able to change it up a bit more to make it my own, but honestly, it was enough of a feat just to make it work THAT way! haha This challenge has been so fun and I've learned so much! Can't wait for the next one 😉

  2. Uncookie Cutter on April 1, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Oh my, I love it!! Looks perfect and what a penny saver :). I need a silhouette! Great work, and I'm jealous of your newfound router knowledge.

    • admin on April 1, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      Thank you! You must get one. I am now running around the house looking for things to route – if that's even a thing. Does one "route" things?

  3. Mary Hunnicutt on April 1, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    What a great project! I love the bright colors!

  4. Shabby Grace Blog on April 1, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    WOW, this is SO cool! Way to go and it's perfect in the gallery wall!

  5. Amy Dowling on April 1, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    What a great project! You did a fab job using those tools. I'm impressed. Love it! 🙂

  6. Kashis the Blog on April 8, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    This is such a great idea! It's a great project for the kids since they like all of that creative stuff. And the colors are amazing.

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