Introduction: Easy Modern Wall Clock (3 Models)

Hi everyone! Today I made a clock that looks very nice on my kitchen wall and is also very very easy to build. In fact, you can use any material you want, even scrap pieces of paper! I made three different prototypes and in this instructable I'll try to explain the pros and cons of each design.


- Clock mechanism and clock hands

- Long pieces of thick paper/cardboard/scrapwood/bamboo skewers/wood strips/wood dowels

- Colored cardboard for the numbers

- Any means to attach the clock to the wall (even a string will work, or the clock itself)

Step 1: Printing the Design

First of all, you have to print the design. You may change it in any way you desire by modifying the .psd file I've uploaded (in which each number is stored on separate layer) or by hand, using the different images you see above :)

I made different versions of the same picture, so you can choose which one to print. Select the scale you're looking for and print it as a poster, so the printer will split it up in different sheets of paper that you can later join with a bit of tape.

Step 2: Selecting the Materials

An important step in the creation of this clock is choosing the right materials. Since I could not decide, I tried them all, so you can see how they came out and make your own decision:

  • Cardboard: I first tried to use cardboard only. I made a few strips of thick cardboard and wrapped them in black paper. It worked and it was pretty nice, but placing the clock in the kitchen made it subject to moisture, which curled it a bit, so that's a thing to consider. At that point, you may want to strengthen the back of the clock with a few skewers or wood dowels;
  • Bamboo strips: I had an old broken carpet made of thin bamboo strips that I wanted to recycle, so that was my second choise. I ripped off, cleaned and cut them and they worked great;
  • Square dowels: I also tried different types of wood strips, and went for the one with square section. This was probably the hardest one to make, because due to their thickness, the dowels could not just be overlapped, they had to be cut and glued each time they crossed.

In general, I would suggest to use a thin stiff material, because this makes the assembling process a lot easier.

Note that in each prototype I used black cardboard to make the numbers.

Step 3: Testing the Layout

Once you have selected your favourite material, you may cut it to length using the template and test the layout.

When you're satisfied, glue everything together, making sure that the spots where the sticks overlap are not too thick (it may distort the clock). You may also glue a tiny piece of the same material in the spots where the thickness of another intersection would prevent the strips from sticking together (like in the bottom right corner, where three strips cross each other).

Step 4: Gluing Numbers and Front Face

Now it is the turn of the front face. You can use a round piece of MDF, wood or cardboard. If you want, you can add hour markers for easier reading. It is up to you and to your own taste :)

You may also glue the numbers, feel free to move them around until you're satisfied. Don't forget to make a hole in the center for the clock mechanism!

Step 5: Hanging to the Wall

When the glue is dry, you can finally hang the clock to the wall. If it was made with sturdy enough materials, you can even hang it by one of the strips, or you can suspend a string between two of them. Some clock mechanisms also have a nice hook embedded (in that case, you should probably glue the mechanism to the back).

The clock is done! I hope you liked it, thanks for your attention <3

Let me know in the comments which one of the three is your favorite (and let me know if you build one!)

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