Colorful Kitchen Clock DIY

Colorful kitchen clock DIY ( you ever just had a project idea in your head that didn't exactly fit your style but you fell in love with it anyway? Yeah. That happened to me recently. 

I don't usually make projects with tons of colors. I'm just not a heavy color person. If you look in my closet or around my house you'd see that it's not exactly a rainbow. I tend to stick to what I would consider safe colors (a.k.a. neutrals). But, I got this idea for a colorful (think color wheel) clock, and I just couldn't get it out of my head. I've been wanting to make a clock ever since Elsie and Laura made this one, and I realized how simple it can be. Colorful kitchen clock DIY ( After a few months of thinking it over, I decided to take the plunge and just go for something colorful. The end result: I love it! It does stand out as something very different from my usual choices, and I really like that I let myself out of my usual, neutral color box for a little bit. :) 

This clock is not really a color wheel, even though it kind of looks like one at first. I decided to place my colors more randomly because, while planning, I just felt like the clock felt too heavy on one side if I stuck to a more traditional color wheel placement. I also must admit, this clock reminds me a lot of my mom. She's a campaign, just-go-with-it kind of gal, and her attitude toward life and art has always been a big point of inspiration for my sister and I. 

Anyway, here's how I made my clock.Diy tutorial for how to make a kitchen clockSupplies:
-clock kit (can be found at most craft stores)
-wooden round (a circle or oval)
-12 wooden spoons
-primer, optional if your wood piece is darker
-craft paint (in 12 colors)
-painter's tape
-paint brushes
-Krazy Glue

-power drill
-5/16 drill bit (or whatever size fits your clock kit)

Aproximate Cost: $28 (does not include cost of tools)

Step One: You'll note that I originally started the project with an oval wood piece but later switched to a circle. I had wanted to drill holes along the edges of the clock to fill with the spoons, but this proved very difficult without splitting the wood. So, I adjusted my project. But I still wanted to note this change here.

Step Two: Paint the wooden spoons. I taped mine first so the line would be super clean looking.

Step Three: Prime the main wood piece. Once dry, use a ruler to measure out twelve even spaces around the clock for each hour.

Step Four: Paint each of the hour areas with colorful craft paint. Again, I used painter's tape to keep it clean looking.

Step Five: Drill a hole in the center and add your clock kit (follow the kit instructions; it may vary based on the type of clock kit you purchase).

Step Six: Attach the wooden spoons to the hour dividers using Krazy Glue. Make sure your clock hands will still be able to move around the spoon handles (you don't want them to stop the clock's movement).Colorful kitchen clock DIY (  Ta-da! Colorful clock is a go! The clock kit I used had a hole in the back to allow you to easily hang the clock on a wall. Most kits will also require a battery or two for the clock to work.Colorful kitchen clock DIY (    I had originally intended for this to hang in our kitchen. Get it? With the wooden spoons and all. But now that the project is complete, I just feel like it fits better in our home office, maybe near my sewing/craft area. Hmm… We'll see. Thanks for letting me share! xo. Emma

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography by: Sarah Rhodes and Emma Chapman. Photos edited with Cleo of the Signature Collection

  • What an amazing use of color! I love DIY projects that empower you to decorate your kitchen exactly the way you want it done. You can do this project with any paint color you want to match the interior of your kitchen.

  • This is really fun! I was totally not expecting Emma to be the one to make something this colorful, though. haha.

  • Once I know where I am moving to next, I am totally making this for the new place.

  • I love this! I would hang this up in my living room. I love the colors, and it would be a nice pop in a somewhat neutral room.

  • There is hardly any post ever when I am not left dumbstruck by the sheer awesomeness. you guys rock at making something so simple look so classy and elegant.

  • This just gave me an awesome idea! Totally gonna try my own clock art.
    You are so inspirational.


  • This is insanely amazing.
    I am blown away.
    It reminds me of the famous George nelson atomic ball clock but a rainbow spoons version. very creative!

    sarah x

  • Yes, the big hand is high enough off the clock that it fits over the spoons. The hour hand did not fit over the spoons, so I made sure to keep them far enough from the center so it would not get stuck on them.


  • Simply gorgeous! What a way to brighten up your day.

  • Haha this is just awesome! 😀 Such a great idea, I love that is so colorful!

  • Does the big hand move? It seems to me it’s blocked by one of the spoons tip. Fun clock 🙂

  • I love the colors! I just think the handles for the wooden spoons are a bit distracting since they have almost the same color as the clock hands.

    xo Trisha

  • I love all the colors you incorperated! It turned out surprisingly well!

  • This is VERY cool! The idea of a super colourful clock is a great way to add bursts of colour 🙂
    Esther x

  • The colours are absolutely gorgeous and this is such a creative idea. Definitely pinning for future inspiration!

  • How cute! And love the idea of the spoons! xx

  • This would also be great for a kids room!

  • I agree. Perhaps I should make sure to save it for a future kids room. 🙂


  • It would also be perfect for a little kids room

  • Ombre or three colors repeating would be a super pretty alternative. Love that idea. 🙂


  • What a fun idea! I’m sure it adds a nice splash of color to your otherwise neutral home. If you wanted to stay neutral I also think the clock would work well with different greys/whites or a multiple shades of one color.

  • What a cute idea! Have you been watching Kitchen Crashers? This reminds me of something that designer would do;)

  • I saw this sneak preview in a past post, and could NOT wait to see it in action, and I LOVE it! I’m even inspired to try it with maybe three colors repeating, or do an ombre? I’m out of wall space right now, but I can’t wait to make in the future! Beautiful work;)

  • This is so beautiful!! I love the bright colors. This is definitely a piece of art that would grab my attention at someone’s house. 🙂


  • This is so cooooool!!! I was very surprised to see who did this.:) Emma you should do more projects with colors because this is awesome!:) I will make one for my home 🙂 Thanks for the idea!

  • Oh, wow! This is beautiful. Love it when people aren’t afraid to use color. I think it says a lot about a person. I think the wooden spoons make me even more fond of this project 🙂

    Love and Luck,

    Laurali Star

  • Nice work Emma! I was so excited to see this after the Instragram sneak peak. I love the idea of putting it in the kitchen. Would be so funky and gorgeous!

  • This is so adorable! I think once I move into my new apartment, this will definitely be getting mad and put into my kitchen! Thank you for sharing!

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