diy french inspired clock. love at first sight.

I saw it. I loved it. I wanted one for my own house.

Tis’ true. While browsing Pinterest I stumbled on a clock that made my heart melt. If you follow along you may have seen it on my backyard inspiration board. If not, here is a sneak peek of the beauty.

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Needless to say, I was smitten and wanted a version of my own for our own backyard. All it took was a little time, some sanding and tracing. Do you love it as much as I do?

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Admit it. Kind of amazing. I do catch myself gazing at it while we are lounging in the backyard. Shhh, don’t tell anyone.

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Just a few simple materials will get the job done. And. prepare yourself. It looks like there are a million steps, but I was trying to be detailed enough for you to try it at home.

materials for clock

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{print and cut stencils.}
Roman Numeral Stencil
French Wording Stencil

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It has found a home under our covered porch where I get to admire it just about every day. To hang it? We added a few screws and wire to hang it for all to see. Maybe you, too, want to add one to your own home? Will yours be indoor or outdoor?

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And, before you even think it. No, it is not a functioning clock which drives my sister and husband absolutely crazy. I like to call it my {nonfunctioning} clock. But, my other half won out after constantly asking what time it was while we were outside and I have officially purchased clock parts to turn this beauty into a {functioning} clock. That post? Well, when I get a chance to install it. Who knows when that will be.

Take a lookey loo at where I linked up you might find some more inspiring ideas…i heart naptime and design, dining & diapers.

try. enjoy. share.

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7 Responses to diy french inspired clock. love at first sight.

  1. Teri Quaranta October 8, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    You are A MAZ ING my friend. I love it. Hugs to you and those grown up little men. And Paul, and little missy.

    • lulu & linen October 8, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

      Awwww… Thank you! Hugs right back to you five! ❤️

  2. Liz Chapman! October 8, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    Absolutely incredible project. Really pretty!!

  3. Joann Belcher October 10, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

    Really gorg, I have been looking for a tutorial to do a clock. And this is it! One thing tho, a four in Roman numerals is IV. What do the French words mean?

    • Joann Belcher October 10, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

      I was just looking at clock faces and have seen the Roman numeral for four both ways. So I am sorry for saying that.

    • lulu & linen October 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

      Thanks got your sweet words! I used the inspiration picture for my numbers… Roman numerals are not my strong suit, so I’m glad to hear they can be written multiple ways. Phew! That could’ve been bad! The French wording does not mean anything special, but translates into “the house of…” I kept the same last name because it fit the look I was going for. But, you could definitely personalize it. Good luck! Send me a picture once you’re done!

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