Sunday, February 13, 2011

DIY Clock for your Valentine

"Love is in the air" , or must I say "Love is in the heart", Uff oh,"Don't take it literally!" says Mr.Gentle Heart.

Yes, Mr.Gentle Heart is gentle as a feather, caring like a mother, lovable like a baby, charming like a knight in shining armor, benign as a king and as funny as a buffoon. Wow, Could I not get anymore simile's?

 He's made my life fun from the time I've met him. Today , I can proudly say that He is my best friend for life.

The foundation of unconditional love is trust. Without a good foundation, your construction might topple anytime. And then you are left with nothing. This is what we all learn from relationships every day, isn't it?

Having written these words of wisdom, I would like to wish my valentine, my love, my soulmate , "A very happy Valentines day".  This is for you, with love.

So you wanna give some gift to you valentine and are bored of the same old chocolates, flowers, jewellery, cakes and other same old things. So here's your chance to surprise your sweetheart. Yes, you can make them a personalized clock. (I know its too late to do this now, but you can do it for your next valentines day or rather give it as a b'day gift. Didn't want to spoil the surprise to my hubby. Hence I'm late in posting this. Sorry!) Here's how:

Materials required: Thin cardboard , old/inexpensive alarm clock, toilet paper tube(Your right, preserve these!), glue, materials to decorate like felt pen/paint/stickers/crayons(anything you like)  ,cello tape, scissors, tape(satin, crape or anything at hand)and of course your creativity.

Cut out a heart shape from the cardboard. Stick a white sheet over it if necessary. Make a small hole in the center of it through which the motor of the alarm will be inserted.    

Now make any decoration on it, like I did this one. I painted over it with red. I then pasted few stickers on it and did some free hand drawing in black. Other option is that you could paste a picture of you together, draw some cartoons , or write something to represent each hour. Just use your creativity and explore all possibilities. 

Now take any tape, make frills like I've done in this picture and paste it from behind. I had a cotton cloth. I cut out a very long piece from it and did this. Cotton/crape paper is easier to make frills than satin. If your using satin tape then prior to sticking it on the heart cardboard make the frills using stapler instead of glue.

Now take an old alarm clock or buy some inexpensive alarm clock. Remove the motor part of it.

Next remove all the hands on the alarm. Do remember in which order you need to put it back.

Next place the motor on the behind of the cardboard so that its center coincides with the hole on the cardboard and glue it or use cello tape to hold it. Now screw in all the hands of the alarm from the front side in the right order .

Now you need to use something to support it so that it can stand straight. I used a toilet paper tube. Pressed it on one side and used cello tape to glue it just below the motor.Cover the lower portion of it with any tape.I have placed some heavy stones on the bottom of the tube behind it so as to balance the weight of the cardboard. The finished product is like this.

Ain't it Swell? Hope Mr. Gentle Heart likes it!

And here's the little fella who's in a race with his dad to steal my heart everyday!!

Love you both.


priyanka said...

superb innovative and so lovelyyyy

Ashwini Vanmali said...

Hey Thanks Priyanka:)

Smitha said...

So very nice gift.. So creative as always.. I admire reading all these blogs.

Ashwini Vanmali said...

Thanks a lot for the appreciation Smitha:)

Aruna said...

words fail me....hats off

Shanthi said...

Innovative idea, Nice one ...

Ashwini Vanmali said...

@Aruna, @ Shanthi: Thankyou:)

MGHS said...

As usual too good!

Sarah said...

wow... so creative!