This time, I get to show off a little bit of my own creativity (inspired by my adorable Hippy, of course). I took the original Farmhouse Embroidery Hoop Wagon Wheel and altered it to make this DIY Embroidery Hoop Wagon Wheel Clock for in our bathroom.
Amy and I have been doing some decorative renovation in our bathroom recently. We got a little stuck on finding something to fill a void on one wall. (You’ve all been there, I’m sure.)
We discussed me making another Embroidery Hoop Wagon Wheel but on a larger scale.
We also discussed putting up a large wooden wall clock.
Cue Amy’s girl crush on Joanna Gaines and our mutual love of the Gaines’ Magnolia empire and farmhouse style in general.
My creative lightbulb popped on, albeit somewhat dimly at first.
Then the mechanical creative wheels started turning, shedding a fair amount of dust and rust.
What if I combined the two ideas?
Our wagon wheel design does have 12 spokes after all.
After a quick trip to Hobby Lobby, I had everything I believed I needed to proceed. Thankfully, with the design engineering having been completed on the original project, I was able to dive right into the build.
For the project, I elected to go with a 23” outer hoop and a 6” inner hoop. I also chose to double the inner hoop (side to side increase in thickness).
I followed the same assembly procedures as laid out in the original DIY Farmhouse Embroidery Hoop Wagon Wheel post here.
Once the basic wheel was complete, it was time to make this thing tell time.
I found a nice, round, wooden plate, that with a little modification with my router, fit nicely into the center hoop. Hobby Lobby also supplied me with a basic 2 hand battery clock mechanism that fit the almost 2-foot diameter just right.
I broke out the router again and created a pocket in the back of the plate to neatly house the mechanism of the clockworks. A 3/8” hole through the center of the plate to accommodate the hand mounting post of the clockwork completed the mechanics.
With 12 spoke on the wheel, it was then a very simple matter of applying the clock face numbers at each spoke point around the outer hoop.
A little bit of decorative stain later, and voila! a big ole wagon wheel clock that perfectly filled the void on the bathroom wall.
Proof positive right here that even the generally mechanically oriented can be inspired and driven to create.
So, let your imagination run wild and give it a go!