Green Valentine - Tick Tock My Beating Heart

Posted on February 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Next to Christmas and Halloween, Valentine is a favourite holiday for me (not really a holiday, is it - after all, you don't get the day off!). Never mind, as I was saying, I like it a lot and over the years have made a few fun Valentines to give using what I had on hand.

My favourite is this Botticelli chocolate box clock that I made. Easy to do - all you have to do is punch a hole in the centre of the top lid and insert a clock mechanism behind, add the clock hands in front and you're done. I scavanged the clock bits and pieces from an old digital clock I no longer use.

Cost - zero - as someone gave me the chocolates and the clock. Look around the house and see if you've got an unused clock squirreled away somewhere, a candy tin (cardboard also works) and make your own.

If you're anything like me, your chocolates may not get to the recipient. If not - just stick in a photo of your sweetie at the bottom of the candy box and wait    for the compliments! 

Three top ways to recycle old clocks

Posted on July 9, 2010 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (2)

If you've got a few old quartz clocks cluttering up your space, why not use bits and pieces from those clocks to create new ones with a bit of fun attached. Reuse and recycle stuff you already have on hand.. I've made clocks out of old books, plates, candy boxes or spice tins, CDs, vinyl records, cereal boxes, even old boots! Here are a few examples of materials you can recycle into clocks.

Upcycle a Tin Box into a Clock

You can turn any tin container into a clock. All you need is a hammer (or electric drill with a metal bit) and clock parts. Make them as gifts or sell them at local fairs. I sold quite a few on my Etsy site.

Upcycle an Old Book into a Clock

The book clock takes a bit more time as you have to cut a hole inside the book to accommodate the quartz clock works - but, hey, it's worth the effort. I've sold all the book clocks that I've made so far. 

Upcycle a Cardboard Box into a Clock

A clock made out of a cereal box (or any other type of cardboard box) is sure to make your kids smile in the morning. I made this one for a friend who was urged to eat more fibre by her doctor!