A Valentine clock? Isn't that about as traditional as
the Easter pig? You'll change your mind about that and fall in
love with this easy and elegant Valentine craft.
The beauty behind this lovely clock gift is
its simple construction. Start with an empty, 7" cardboard
candy box (You may have to empty several, so have an appetite). Glue on
a vintage image clock face. Punch a hole and insert a battery clock.
Add a cardboard support in back. Now embellish with gold braid
and fluffy, feathered wings. That's it - basically paper,
scissors, glue and a clock.
the FREE Vintage Image Download, we gave you some "Valen-time" sayings
for your Valentine clock - our clock above says "Tempus fugit, Valentine." You
may want to personalize your clock with your sweetie's name! Very
Materials for Valentine Clock Craft
Image and Templates
(FREE PDF download) printed on matte or glossy photo paper. Print the
wings and stand templates on plain paper. Print the text on translucent vellum.
Heart-shaped cardboard candy box, 7" high, 7"
wide and about 1" deep. (see Tips).
out the vintage image clock face and all templates. Position the clock
face in the center of the box lid, trace the lid shape on the back of
the image, and cut it out (see Tips). Glue the image to the box lid
with tacky white glue or spray adhesive. Press it flat until the glue
Cut or punch a 1/4" hole in the center of the
clock face (marked with a small + just below the heart) for the clock
a 2 1/2" square of 3/16" foamcore or corrugated cardboard (adjust the
thickness of the foamcore or cardboard according to the length of the
clock stem (see Tips). Mark the center of the
square with two diagonal lines, and punch or cut a 1/4" hole. Align the
hole with the hole in the lid and glue the foamcore inside the box lid.
Secure the clock movement to the foam core in the lid with double
stick tape. Attach the hands and hex nut on the face of the clock.
the vellum with the printed Valentine text into a 6" long strip with
decorative edge scissors. Paint the edges with a gold paint pen. Attach
the strip to the face of the clock at an angle with a few dabs of
glue stick. Trim the ends even with the edges of the box lid.
the gold braid (Martha Stewart calls it gimp) around the outside edge of the box lid with the hot glue
gun. Start and end at the bottom point of the heart and trim the excess
the Valentine clock stand template onto tagboard. Score and fold the
top of the stand and glue it to the top of the back of the box.
Punch 1/8" holes at the bottom of the back of the box and the
center of the bottom of the stand. Knot the 7" ribbon at one end,
thread it through the hole in the box and the hole in the stand, and
knot it at the other end.
Trace the wings templates onto tagboard and cut them out. Glue them
to the back of the box. Glue feathers onto the front of the wings (see Tips).
Now, replace the top on the box and stand your clock up.
Yes, you can embellish further if you wish. Perhaps some glitter
on the face of your Valentine clock? Victorians would have loved that.
We chose the most common heart-shaped Valentine
candy box size we
could find: 7" high, 7" wide, and 1" deep. Good old Russell Stover
candy. The box should be entirely cardboard. Some boxes have molded plastic
between the lids, but these will take a lot of cutting to allow room
for the clock mechanism inside. If the top of the box is embossed, just
burnish the embossing flat or add another layer of paper under the
vintage image clock face.
Clock mechanisms are available at
craft stores. We used one manufactured by Walnut Hollow labeled "quartz
clock movement for 1/4 inch surfaces." This means that the stem for the
hands is a little over 1/4" long. If the face of your clock is 1/4"
thick, this movement allows a fraction more for the threaded
bolt to secure it to the face of the clock. Since our cardboard box lid
was too thin, we glued a small square of 3/16" thick foamcore between
the clock and the lid. Perfect! By the way, these flimsy little clock
movements are expensive in a craft store. When we see cheap battery
clocks at the Dollar Store or a thrift store, we buy them just for the
The easiest way to position the clock face
image on the box lid is to lay the image on the lid, hold it up to a
window, and shift them until it looks perfectly centered. Then lay it
face down and trace around the lid. Alternatively, you can find the
center of the lid by cutting a paper pattern of the lid, folding it
into perfect quarters, and marking the intersection of the folds. Match
this up with the center of the clock face (the tiny + sign just below
the heart), and trace around it.
This is the first time we've worked with feathers, and the
experience was eye-opening. We used filmy white maribou feathers, as
opposed to studier turkey feathers. When we were done, there was
feather-fuzz floating everywhere. Beware, and have a vacuum cleaner
nearby. The easiest way we found to attach the feathers was one by one,
with a thin line of hot glue down the back spine of each feather. It
didn't take many to cover a wing - maybe 6-8 feathers. Feather-phobic?
Cut out a small feather pattern from plain white paper, score
lengthwise for dimension and fringe the edges with scissors.
Layer them on and you'll have much the same look.
We used fancy
gold braid (or what Matha Stewart calls gimp) around the face of our Valentine clock, but almost anything
will work. We also tried out a string of pearls and some tiny lace
trim, and both looked smashing.
Don't forget: There are more great vintage Valentine images in our Valentine's Day Image Books available
from our Vintage Image Download Gallery! The Valentine Cupids are especially cute - perhaps for a Valentine clock of your own design.