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Clocks

It’s ‘time’ to make clocks! You can make a clock out of just about anything. It’s easy and fun!

We have some left over Saltillo tile we used from a house project and I wanted to make something with one of the tiles. I put together a barn wood frame and routed out a place on the front of the frame for the tile.

Epoxy was used to hold the tile in place.

Since the frame is square (17.5″ x 17.5″), I decided to rotate it to make a diamond clock. Holes were drilled for the 2″ Square Berry Copper Conchos, 3/4″ Copper Clavos and the clock hands. You can get the clocks and hands at the craft store. Concho screw adapters were used for the conchos or you could glue them.

This boot was a previous project transformed into a clock. I attached the clock hands and small brown conchos for the numbers.

This is also a previous project transformed into a clock, using the Mini Star Nails and Tiny Horseshoes for the numbers.

This is a mahogany star I had made for another project but I thought it would make a cute clock. Tiny Star Tacks were used for the numbers.

I needed ample room on the clock post for the thick Small Star and I had a thin piece of basswood for wood burning projects. I place the star and XL Horseshoe, built the clock and marked the holes for the horseshoe nails. I used Horseshoe Star Conchos for the 12, 3, 6 and 9 and Star Tacks for the rest of the numbers. I marked and drilled the holes.

Then I removed it all and put a coat of dark brown Briwax on the wood. All the nails were too long so I cut them shorter. The frame’s depth is 1 1/2″ to accommodate the clock in the back. This clock can sit on a shelf.

I rummaged through the pallet scraps and picked a few to make a round lariat clock. I attached 2 boards with dry wall screws to the back to hold it together.

I drilled holes to attach the lariat rope with jute twine and for the clock and Bronc and Berry Conchos.

A concho screw adapter was used for the conchos.

Bronc and Berry Concho

What clocks have you made? Tell us about them.

Horseshoe Wreath

I have always wanted to make a horseshoe wreath, but since I’m not a welder, I created a new way to make it.

I used #6 x 3/4″ pan head machine screws and nuts. I did enlarge a few holes on the drill press so the screws would fit.

These are large cast iron horseshoes. You could use steel horseshoes as well.

Getting the right screw is crucial and these fit perfectly.

I was so exited, I immediately wrapped red bandanas through the horseshoes.

I sprayed the horseshoes silver metallic and wove a pink bandana through the horseshoes, a blue one next to it and tied it in the back.

You’ve got to love this cowboy version! I sprayed one of our Western Cutouts silver and attached it with wire. I wrapped blue and red bandanas and tied them in the front.

Star Horseshoe Wreath with a star burlap ribbon, Mini Star Nails painted red and a painted Star in Circle Cutout hung by wire.

Texas Horseshoe Wreath with Texas in Circle Cutout, blue and red bandanas, and Texas Barbed Wire Conchos. I added concho screw adapters to the conchos and screwed them into the holes. I painted the cutout to resemble the Texas flag.

This is with a plain burlap ribbon woven through the horseshoes and tied into a bow at the bottom. Looks like decoration for a wedding.

The possibilities are endless and these ideas will give you inspiration to create your own. It’s fun and easy!

Springtime Crafts

Spring is just around the corner so time to bring out the colors of spring.

It’s easy to make a Spring Hat Wreath. I had this sun hat and found a flower garland at the craft store to wrap around it. I wired on a burlap bow and a twine hanger for the top.

Make a horseshoe candle holder by screwing Small Horseshoes onto a block of wood, paint it the colors of spring and add silk or real flowers. Use as centerpieces for weddings or parties. It will hold a 3″ pillar candle or…

A votive.

To make a rustic spring planter I gathered scraps from my weathered pallet wood projects.

I glued and nailed the upright pieces to a pallet wood base.

I used the rest of the flower garland and tied twine around the  planter.

Or you could add daisies and a distressed Cross Nail.

Here is another color scheme with a Mini Star Nail.

These ideas should give you inspiration to create for Springtime.

Horseshoe Pallet Tray

Horseshoe Pallet Tray

I’m using up the last of my weathered pallet so I wanted to make a tray. This is one of those ‘design as you build’ projects. Instead of having upright sides I decided to lay them down.

Bottom View

I used 3/4″ screws and a counter sink bit to attach the three boards to the frame.

Sideview

Here’s the side view and you can see how the frame hangs over a bit on the ends. I painted all of the cut ends as rustic as I could to match. I was going to use rope for handles until I saw the painted horseshoes lying there from previous project and I thought ‘perfect’!

Decoration

You can use and decorate this tray in many ways.

Tea Lights

Breakfast Tray

Breakfast Tray

To make a Rustic Western Breakfast Tray, I took wide weathered pallet boards and cut them the size I wanted. I painted the cut ends by using various watered down mixtures of gray, brown, black and white acrylic paint and wiping it off with a damp rag. I screwed the top boards to the side boards and attached corner braces underneath for strength. I screwed in the Large Horseshoes for handles. The dimensions are approximately 20″ wide x 10″ deep x 6″ tall.

Horseshoes on Breakfast Tray

This tray can be used as a breakfast tray in bed or on the couch. Or use it for reading a book or writing.

Horseshoe Shelf

HS Shelf

When I was sketching the plan for a spur brace I also came up with the idea of using horseshoes for a brace. This shelf is about 18″ long out of cedar that has been burned with a torch and finished with clear sealer. I screwed the shelf to the bottom board then I screwed Small Horseshoes which had been spray painted a textured brown to the ends to form the braces. I added Coat Hooks and a new Horse Hook we have on the website.

Horseshoe Shelf Side View

Here’s a close up of the end of the shelf.

Horseshoe Jewelry Rack

Making a jewelry rack

I was going through the wood shop and found two boat tillers in the trash, discarded because of minor imperfections. I decided it needed to be a jewelry rack.

I cut them to 28 1/2″ and drilled holes for Tiny Horseshoes. You could buy wood this size at your local lumber store. I drilled mounting holes 16″ apart. I spray painted the wood a metallic bronze and the horseshoes a metallic gold, and mounted ten horseshoes.

Jewelry Rack

Horseshoe Jewelry Rack

Horseshoe Jewelry Rack with Jewelry

You can hang necklaces, bracelets, belts, belt buckles or scarves.

Horseshoe Jewelry Rack 2

I painted another one in a rainbow of colors. Caribbean style for a beach shack or a kids room!

Tiny Horseshoe Hangers

Baby Shower Horseshoes

Paint your Tiny Horseshoes and glue on leather, jute, or ribbon. Super glue works well on the leather but not the jute. For jute use hot glue or any multipurpose glue. Tie in a square knot. I thought these would be cute for a horse themed baby shower. Give them as party favors or use for decoration. These horseshoe hangers are fun to make for kids and adults.

Southwest Style Horseshoe

Here’s my attempt at Southwest style.

Wedding Horseshoe

Wedding Horseshoes for favors or decoration. Glue on some bling. I took this string from a gift bag.

Gold Horseshoe

Gold Horseshoe with plain jute twine.

Native American Style Horseshoe

Native American style horseshoe in which I tied on leather and beads. You could give any of these as gifts and write a message on the back with a permanent marker. You could say ‘Good Luck!’ for one who starts a new job.

Horseshoes

Horseshoes

Horseshoes! Customers love them for weddings and events. They tie on ribbon or string and add cards. They use them for wedding favors or place settings or decoration. See what you can dream up.