|Bet you've heard of grandfather clocks before. And probably grandmother clocks too. But what about a grandchild clock? Well, here's how to make one, and it really works too!|
You will need:
|First of all, you need to buy one of these - a clock mechanism, which you can get from most craft shops quite cheaply.|
|To make it, you need some empty cardboard boxes.|
For the base of the clock, you need a sort of square, oblong box.
|Next, find a slightly smaller box for the top of the base as a step, and a tall thin box for the main body of your clock.|
|Stuff all of the boxes with paper to make them nice and sturdy, and tape them closed.|
|However, for the bottom box of the base, put pebbles in this one too, as this will help stop the box from falling over.|
|Finally, you'll need a square box for the face.|
Don't stuff this box, as it will house the clock mechanism.
|Pop a hole with a pencil through the middle of one side.|
|Then cut out a square on the other side for the clock mechanism. You can measure this with a ruler.|
Make sure that the ends of the box are also taped securely closed.
|Use loads of tape to stick all the boxes of your clock securely together. And when you've done it, you'll have something that looks like this. You can tape an antique decoration on to the top of the face - just a piece of card with some paper on it. Do whatever you like to make it look nice. You could use straws for the pillars.|
|Now you have the basic shape, but you need to make it more sturdy.MBR>|
Mix some PVA glue in equal parts with water and slop it all over your clock. Lay on some strips of tissue paper or kitchen roll onto the clock, and cover the whole thing in one layer of tissue and glue.
|Leave it to dry.|
The clock will be very sturdy now. Before you paint it, draw your clock face in pencil first.
|To paint your clock, use poster or acrylic paint, and use nice woody colours, like different shades of brown, streaking in darker colours for an antique wood effect.|
|Paint the face a nice creamy white colour.|
|When you've finished, you should have something that looks like this. This clock includes extra detail added on with a felt pen - wispy black lines for wood grain and a pendulum in gold pen.|
|Finally, you need to assemble it. It's really simple as long as you follow the instructions on the clock mechanism. You'll just need to put the clock mechanism in the back, and attach the fingers onto the front.|
|And there you have it - your very own antique grandchild clock. You can do other designs too - with cardboard arms and hands, or spooky ones.|
Try it yourself!