- 2 Furniture Scratch Markers -Mahagony Colored or whatever finish you prefer- Dollar Tree
- 8 wood finials, 3/8″ Hole – 15/16″ x 2 7/8″ – Hobby Lobby
- Tacky glue– Dollar Tree
- Polyurethane Varnish: satin/clear Wheeler Dealer or clear Polyurethane Spray Varnish- available at most craft and retail stores
- Wood clock (9 inches) – Purchase at a yard sale or second-hand store
- Sponge paintbrush to apply the varnish- craft store
- 5/8″ brad-point bit (smaller will work if you’re willing to put in extra time and effort)
- Parchment paper and tape for covering the clock face when painting or spraying
My son’s room is decorated with pirate/ocean decor and I’ve been looking for fun ways to continue to decorate it. But living in an apartment I struggle to have enough room for decorations, so I’ve tried to make decorations which serve more practical purposes. Since I’m not particularly good with dates and times clocks, are especially practical to have nearby. I try to keep one in every room so that I can glance up and know how much time I have before I need to run off to my next adventure.
So when I got the idea to make a clock into a ship’s wheel I matched it to the mahogany-colored furniture in his room. Low on craft money, I used the furniture scratch marker instead of buying stain (although stain would work well too). Then I covered the marker with some varnish I had from another craft project. It turned out even better than I imagined! I colored over a pine finish and it covered really well. The wood finials didn’t match perfectly after being colored with the marker, but after applying the varnish I think they looked great!
So without further ado here are the steps to making your own ship’s wheel clock with Dollar Tree Furniture Scratch Markers.