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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.


Hearts are the theme today to spread some love around the world!

I made these two lariat hearts by simply using a 44″ piece of lariat, pulling it into the shape of a heart and wrapping with red leather lace, leaving enough excess for a tassel.

I could stop right there. You can hang these anywhere and I thought they looked great! But I wanted to make more hearts!

So, I made a heart from pallet boards. I cut a heart shape from plywood, placed the boards together, traced the heart shape on the boards and cut them on the scroll saw, then glued them to the plywood. Actually, I used liquid nails which I don’t recommend because it takes too long to dry. This heart is 8″ wide x 7″ tall.

Then I cut 2 small hearts from the scraps. They are 3 1/2″ wide x 3″ tall.

I attached a green lariat to the large heart with a brad nail gun and tied the lariat hearts together with red bows. I glued on the small hearts and added a red bandana. When I throw things together like this it gives me inspiration for more ideas.

I painted one board red using a dry brush painting technique.

I found a pink lariat and attached it to the large heart with a brad nail gun then glued on a lariat heart. This was not planned and it fit perfectly.

I cut different shapes from plywood, drilled a hole in each and painted them. I attached these pieces to the lariat with twine.

And here is the finished Valentine’s Lariat Wreath!

I made heart hangers from the small pallet hearts by drilling a hole and adding leather lace. Glue on a concho for western flair.

So this is my twist on a few rustic hearts to give you some inspiration. Hope you enjoyed it!




Caps Keys & Coat Rack

From this day forward there will be one post a month on the first Monday of every month.

Now, today’s project:

Cap Keys & Coat Rack

Create a place for your caps, keys, coats, and umbrellas. Nail horseshoe nails to a Large Horseshoe on a weathered pallet board or any type of wood. Screw in Large Coat Hooks or Hall Tree Hooks. Paint the wood or cast iron any color  you desire or leave as is.

With Cap Keys & Umbrella

This would be very handy right by the door so you can grab on your way out or hang up as you come in.


Western Coat Rack

Western Coat Rack

Make a rustic Western Coat Rack using weathered pallet boards and your favorite picture.

Lay out Boards

I chose, cut and laid out the weathered pallet boards.


Then screwed supports on the back.


I printed a photo and placed it on the boards with double stick tape. I cut a slit in the photo between the boards to make 2 pieces. With painter’s tape I outlined the photo, then removed the photo and the double stick tape. I spread a coat Mod Podge, placed the photo and spread another coat over the top. I smoothed with my fingers and a brayer, but it still wrinkled a bit. Maybe it was the type of paper I used. I pulled up the tape after it dried and screwed in Hall Tree Hooks and Small Coat Hooks.

Picture Frame Coat Rack

Here’s another idea. Screw hooks to your favorite framed picture for quick entry way coat rack.

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.


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’!


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.

Pallet Wood Box

Horseshoe Box


My initial thought was to make a pallet wood tray with rope handles. That idea evolved into first a box, then a box with a lid. I showed some sketches to my husband and he built a prototype out of rough mahogany without me even knowing about it. How sweet! I was really excited then, but I wanted to make it from weathered pallet boards, so we got to work.


We cut the boards as we were fitting it together like a puzzle.


One of the end pieces is shorter to allow for the lid to close.


We drilled 3/16″ holes 1/4″ deep in the sides of the lid for 1/2″ long wooden dowels 5/8″ from the end of the lid.

We drilled 3/16″ holes 1/4″ deep on each side piece 1 1/4″ from the end if using 1/2″ thick boards.

Open Box

We glued the pieces together with wood glue and used a brad gun to secure it. On the fresh cut ends like the end of the lid shown in this picture I applied a mixture of a little black, grey and brown acrylic paint and wiped it off with a paper towel. You have to experiment to get it right.

The dimensions of the box are 9 1/4″ long x 4 3/4″ deep x 3 1/2″ tall. The boards used are 1/2″ thick x 3 1/2″ wide. It’s not absolutely perfect but that’s ok. It’s rustic!

Pine cone on Box

There are many ways to decorate and use this box. Decorate it for the holidays.

Christmas Box

Add a flameless candle, greenery and a bow, or potpourri.


Tie a bow around it and put a surprise inside for a great gift.

Horseshoe Box

My original plan for the box was attaching rusty tiny horseshoes to the sides as shown here. The box could be painted or you could use wooden adornments, nails and tacks, or bling. Use the décor scheme that suits you.



Pallet Wood Cross

Pallet Wood Cross

I had some weathered pallet boards and decided to make a rustic cross.

Pallet Wood Boards

Table Saw

I cut them the length I wanted and my assistant/husband cut a dado on the table saw. The dimensions of the cross became 16 1/2″ wide x 19″ tall.

Cut Boards

Boards Fit Together

I glued the boards together and attached copper upholstery nails.

Horseshoe Cross

These photos are to show you the different crosses you could use with the pallet wood cross.

You can drill a hole through the cast iron cross and screw it to the wood.

Small Cross

You could probably use epoxy to attach this small cross.

Scroll Cross

You could also paint the wood or the cast iron crosses to give it the effect you wanted.

Here are the cast iron crosses shown in this project:

Cross with Star and Horseshoe

Cross with Horseshoes and Star

Cross D58-080

Cross D58-090

Send us photos of your projects along with instructions and we will post them right here on the blog. Also we welcome your questions, suggestions or comments.

Pallet Wood Boot

Pallet Wood Boot

This idea just hit me one day to make a pallet wood boot. I wanted it large so the size of this boot is 18″ tall x 14″ wide. As usual I just dove in without thinking about how to make a template. I laid out the boards and with a ruler started drawing lines to make the cuts to shape the boot. I changed my mind on some of the lines so I had pencil marks that couldn’t be erased. Oh well, so I made the cuts on a scroll saw and laid the pieces on a 1/4″ piece of plywood, traced around it and cut out the plywood. So I had my template. One should make an extra template out of card board or plywood so you have it for future use. I laid the template on another set of pallet wood boards and traced around it and made the cuts. I glued the pieces to the plywood template with Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue, clamped them and let dry overnight. Now the fun begins!

Cowgirl Boot

Here are a few ideas on how to decorate this boot. Paint on a message and add a pink bandana. These letters are digital to show different ideas.

Cowboy Boot Sign

Of course for the Cowboy!

Southwest boot

Southwest Boot ~ You could paint Native American symbols.

Southwest Boot with Rope

Another southwest boot with a rope.

You could add ribbons, bows, paint, foliage for fall or Christmas, bells, lights. The possibilities are endless.