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Carriage clock box

Carriage Clock box

I saw an altered carriage clock in a magazine and really liked the idea. I wanted to make one for myself – the only problem being that I didn’t have a carriage clock to alter. So, undeterred, I set out to make my own and here’s the result - at the moment I am using it to store small items but you could make a mini album to fit inside.I used DoCrafts Chronology 12x12 papers; it took 2 sheets of the main pattern and one of the accent colour; however, this is the prototype and I won't lie, there was some wastage so you might get away with one of each, especially if the pattern isn't directional (I had to make sure the balloons were all going upwards!) Conveniently, some of the sheets have good-sized clock faces that can be fussy-cut , or if you have a suitable stamp you could use that. Alternatively, you can find some royalty-free clock faces that you can download here or you can use the search engine of your choice to find one you like – there are lots out there.

I happened to have these chipboard pennants that I had left over from another project; however, I had the dog’s job to source them and eventually had to buy them from a U.S. supplier. If you can’t find them you can download a template to cut your own – the advantage being that you can resize it if you like. (The templates were sized to fit an A5 piece of paper). You will also need •two pieces of chipboard for the sides of your clock – mine were 5.5 inches by 3 inches (Because the pennants are from the U.S. the measurements are imperial, not metric)•A piece for the top of the clock – mine was 3x5.5 inches – you might want to cut yours a bit longer to allow you a bit of ease of fit. I used chipboard which I curved over a rolling pin and flexed back and forth to soften the fibres – you might prefer to use cardstock. If using cardstock I would probably use more than one layer.•Construction strips – cut some 1-inch strips of light cardstock, scored and folded in half along the length. Your strong adhesive tape goes onto these (I used B-C-E Template Tape – redline tape would also be good but costs more)•Embellishments, clock hands (mine were from the Chronology range), glue etc.

Download templates from the links below

Begin by cutting the pennant so that the edges are 5.5 inches long. Put the cut-off pieces to one side – you will need them later.Cover the chipboard fronts and sides with your chosen paper.

If you haven’t already done so, apply strong double-sided tape to your construction strips. Align the clock sides with the clock front. Cut a construction strip to length and cut the ends at an angle. Adhere one side of the strip to the clock side and one to the clock front. Join the other clock side to the clock front in the same way, then join the clock back to the sides. (I learned this method from Laura Denison, who makes the most wonderful items. Her blog has brilliant videos so for examples and how-to's visit here!)

Check that the piece of chipboard or card that you have cut is the right length for the top of your clock and adjust if necessary. Cut two constructions strips to the same length as the chipboard and notch one edge.Now for the tricky bit! Attach the un- notched side of the construction strips to the chipboard top piece (leave the backing paper on the notched side for now). Cut two 3-inch construction strips, trim at an angle , and adhere to the top of the clock sides. Again, leave the backing paper on the free side.Make sure the card or board you are using for the top is nice and flexible. Remove the backing paper from one of the side construction strips and from about half of the notches on both sides. Starting at the side and following the curve, slowly and carefully stick the notched construction strips to the front and back pieces, pressing down well to ensure a good grip. Once you’ve stuck the top down about halfway, remove the backing paper from the remaining tape. Work carefully along the curve until the top is well stuck down. If you haven’t already done so, cover the top with paper cut to size.Ink all edges for a distressed look.

(I am going to be covering the edges with a contrast paper, but if you want to keep to one colour/pattern of paper, extend the paper about half an inch beyond the sides of the chipboard on the front and back pieces and cut the paper for the sides to size but don't cover them. Once you've constructed the shell of the clock, lap the extended pieces around the corners to the sides, stick down, and then stick the spaper for the sides over them.)

Cut 1-inch wide pieces of contrast paper, crease and fold in half lengthways, and ink the edges. Stick these over the corners to cover the raw edges. Place your template on the paper and trace the edge. Move it down half an inch and trace again. Repeat so that you have two pieces – stick these along the top curve of the clock, after inking the edges. Cut half-inch strips to edge the top of the clock.

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Curved Pennant

Carriage clock template