This tutorial shows how to make a more elaborate cuckoo clock adding some more traditional design elements and quirky touches to really make it a centerpiece you can be proud of.
Bellow are templates you can print out at home if you didn't get the chance to pick up supplies at the workshop and pictures that detail every step so a complete beginner can make this in a crafternoon.
To download the template for the top of the clock (deer head and roof) click here:
For the base of the clock you will need a long piece of black and red felt for the base itself, tiny bits of green, blue and white felt (colours can be substituted) and red and white polkadot felt and 10cms of gold chain for the mushrooms.
To begin, cut out the template , pin onto the black felt and cut around the edges.
You then take this piece and use it as another template to pin it to the red felt then cut around the edges once more, leaving a 0.5cm edge all the way around.
Glue the two pieces together.
Next we decorate the base with felt flowers you can cut 4 small blue triangles free hand or you can use the template :
To make the stalks, you can pin the template to the green felt and cut around the guide also:
Once you have cut out the white felt bell shape flowers you can cut two little snips from each side of the top of the flowers at an angle to the middle to create little triangle petals for a quirky Scandinavian feel.
In the largest dip of the base, we will be putting in an embroidered love heart the size of a 50cent coin. This can be cut free hand from the yellow felt (or another colour of your choice) as it does not matter if one side is higher or rounder than the other, it simply adds to it's handmade charm.
Using a needle and thread, embroider with big simple stitches a swirl on each side that meets at the point of the heart then glue to the base.
When you are happy with it's position - glue the acorn back down.
Now it's time to make the super cute dangly mushrooms! Those large circles on the template don't look like much but in a few steps they will be 3D toadstools.
To help it keep it's shape, stuff some left over felt scraps in there, pull tight and secure with a few knots to stop it coming loose.
To finish off the mushy, cut out the white oblongs from the template onto felt and sew the sides together.
In the very middle of the mushroom, stick the needle and thread out and grabbing the gold chain, sew the first, second and third chain links to the mushroom to ensure it is well secure.
Once you have stitched on the second mushroom and chain - Congratulations you are almost done!
Go give yourself a pat on the back for your awesomeness and hardwork, and perhaps have a little dance in the kitchen with another sugar hit before you sit down for the very last steps - where we will raise the roof!
PART 3 -Top of cuckoo clock.
Cut out the triangle from the roof template - before we cut out the super cute scallops, we will be using this triangle to create some roof slats using the left over brown felt - only cutting up to the marked line.
Cut the brown triangle into 2/3cm slats all the way across (don't try to fix up your "timber" slats, as the tops and sides will be pointy - you need to remember these parts will be hiding underneath the scalloped roof so its generally the middle and bottom of the slats that will be visible)
The next step is to cut out the scalloped roof template on the polkadot felt, if you cut the join at the top in half you can save a lot of felt by pinning it horizontally rather than cutting out the whole triangle shape.
Once these pieces are ready, lay them out on a thin but sturdy piece of cardboard (even the back of a cereal box) and glue in place with the scalloped roof on top of the slats.
When you are happy with the placement, cut around the edges of the cardboard (but not the gap where the bottom of the slats are)
Turning the clock over, we are now going to glue the cardboard bellow the slats to the back of the clock face cardboard to attach the roof ( you may want to plop a heavy book on the joins for 10 minutes to ensure it stays strong)
The lucky last step is to create the 3D deer head !
Cut out the templates marked as brown - they will be the two deer head pieces and the nose/neck piece.
To join them together, you simply lay the neck piece on the top of one of the deer head templates and stitch all the way around following the curve of the head.
So what you thought at first were a couple of odd shape felt pieces are now starting to come alive :)
You then turn the head inside out (unless you like the charm of the big exposed stitches-up to you)
As cuckoo clocks are the epitome of all things kitsch and we are sticking a deer head mount on top, instead of trying to replicate a glassy eye stare, I have stitched crosses on the eyes as a fun quirky touch. Feel free to play around with the eyes if you would like the deer to be more animated. Its pretty astounding to see how much the personality of the deer changes due to the placement and different ways you can embroider an eye.
I also thought it would be cute to give him a love heart nose using left over contrasting fabric.
To make sure our deer looks awesome 24/7 I've popped some stuffing in his head so his little ego doesn't deflate over time. You could use a tissue or felt scraps like we did for the mushroom filling.
For another quirky touch, I used the bottom half of the neck template to cut out some white felt that I used to give this fawn some chest hair.
Using some of the left over felt scraps, cut out the ear template in brown or black and glue an even smaller oval on the inside to make it look like his inner ear. With the needle and thread, stab the needle through the bottom of the two needles so it slightly folds inwards, go over this stitch a few times and when you are happy with the shape, stitch it on to the side of the deers head behind the eye.
The very last step is to cut out the antler template onto white felt and stitch around the edges. I've called for two pieces per antler just to make it stronger and to make sure it wont get all droopy as time goes on.
We then glue the antlers onto the scalloped roof instead of stitching it on to the deer to give it reinforcement.
To complete your kooky cuckoo clock, you place glue a center around the perimeter of the inside of the deer's head and lining him up with his antlers, you stick him down on the roof slats.
You've just made yourself a super quirky and fully functioning handmade cuckoo clock that will brighten up any wall (not to mention brighten up the faces of all that gaze upon it!)
Hope you had an awesome time discovering the awesome possibilities of felt and have picked up some skills you can use for your own projects :)
Love Freckles and Ginger