Hi Frugal moms,
The creative options are endless, you can make any shape, paint it. I think this would be a great gift idea for the grandparents if you got the kids to decorate the face.
First, find your unloved clock and dismantle it. Once you get the facecover off you will be able to take the hands off. They usually just pull off. Then the mechanism should just pull away from the back. Don’t be scared, I’ve never broken one.
If you don’t have an unloved clock you can buy a mechanism online or in a craft store or buy a very cheap clock and pull that apart (sadly this seems to be the cheapest option a lot of the time). Being an upstyler, I used this poor sad baby.
Choose your cardboard, the thicker and cleaner the better. An old appliance box is perfect. Cut your shape. I made three identical cutouts to give this one the depth it needed. I did try to cut this with a jig saw and a coping saw but it chewed up the edges. A very sharp box cutting knife gave the best result. Cut the centre out of all the pieces except the face so that the mechanism is recessed into the clock and will sit flat against the wall.
Then glue your pieces together with PVA glue. Once dry make a neat hole to insert your clock post. Ours was quite short so I had to peel away some of the layers of cardboard on the back so that the hands would attach and move freely.
We then found some old chain to complete the modern cuckoo clock look.
So easy, so good. I love it.
Hope you love it too. I will be making another one as soon as I find a suitable donor clock for my daughter to give to her grandfather for father’s day.
Warm regards, Megan, Upstyler.net