DIY Calendar-clock for anniversary gift

A month ago, I showed you what my husband made me from scratch for our 1st year anniversary gift, and quite a few of you wanted to see more about it.
So here I am, with the help of my lovely hubby explaining a little bit of the work that was put into it, and showing you more pictures.

Items he used:

5 planks of wood of 5mm x 100mm x 600mm
6 planks of wood of 5mm x 95mm x 300mm
Strips of wood of 5mm x 25mm x 1000mm
Wood rod of 800mm x 5mm
2 sheets of balsa wood
Panel pins
Wood glue
Gloss paint
Metallic silver acrylic paint
Black paint
Red paint
Gold upholstery tacks
1 Chinese clock
Wood drill bits

The process:

A main board was made with 3 planks, giving the back structure of the clock.
The sides were cut and shaped to be glued on the main board.
The top and bottom of drawer were then cut and glued.
The most intricate part was the date turning pieces, that were made at this stage.
Holes were drilled into the sides of the clock to fit the rods that hold the dates into place.
The top curved bit was now cut and bent to the shape desired, with pieces of rod holding it down to secure it in place.
The drawer was now made, with its' handle carved too and glued together.

Step aside from the main board piece. He started making the clock part.
A new board, smaller in size was made were the face of the clock would be.
2 rod pieces were stuck at the back of the face board and 2 pieces at the front. They will become the face's support.

A hole was drilled in the centre of the face to install the spindle of the clock.
After the clock was installed and running, this is when the face part got put inside the main board, and held up with screws going in from the back - this way if the battery of the clock needs changing you can easily unscrew the back and it will release the clock's face.

And finally the paint and art work was put on.

What do you think?
Do you like it?
Would you buy something like this?
Leave me a comment letting me know.


  1. Wow that looks amazing! Did you build it all by yourself? It's great!

    <3: Jasmin N |

    1. My husband built it from scratch all by himself!

  2. This is so beautiful. Love this idea.

  3. I will bookmark this for later as it looks great.

  4. This is neat! I haven't seen a clock/calendar like this before now! I think this would make a great gift for anyone!

    Erin |

    1. This is a creation out of my husband's head!

  5. Oh, that's beautiful! What a great project and such a memorable gift!

  6. What a sweet and thoughtful gift, made that much more precious as it was made by him for you.

    1. I know, I am so thankful, you have no idea!

  7. What a beautiful gift. Such meaning and love behind it.

  8. That's crazy good!! I wish I could make this!

    1. I am not crafty at all but my hubby is massively!

  9. That's really a great DIY. And it's beautiful too.

  10. That's so pretty and such a thoughtful gift Paola.

    1. It is, I was so shocked when he gave it to me!


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