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diy project: faceted wood alarm clock

by Grace Bonney

i was really inspired by the faceted designs grace noticed at ICFF, so for this week’s diy project i decided to spiff up my cheapo alarm clock with a faceted wood cover. i have become very attached to the sound my basic alarm clock makes, but the plastic body of the clock is not the cutest thing in the world to look at every morning. i spent hours cutting and configuring facet shapes so you don’t have to; the template i created can be sized up to accommodate other alarm clocks. although my version is created out of natural plywood/veneer, i tried a version out of paper and it worked as well, so the possibilities here are endless. i might paint my wood in shades of icy blue for a glacier clock, but for right now i am enjoying the bare wood. i hope you enjoy snipping and folding these facets. have fun!! – kate

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1. plywood sheets (you can get these at craft stores. i used two pieces that were 5″ x 10″ with some left over) or decorative paper
2. alarm clock (i used a “room essentials” small alarm clock from target)
3. scissors
4. exacto knife and cutting mat
5. low temp glue gun
6. clock template (download here)
7. ruler
8. spray adhesive (only if you are using paper)


clock: $5
wood sheets: $4

1-2 hours


1. measure your clock and size the template up or down to fit your clock specifications. print out your template.


2. if you are using paper for your shape, use the spray adhesive to glue the paper to your template sheet. glue the template on the backside of the paper. if you are using wood for your shape, you can glue the template to the wood sheet and cut out the pieces. you might want to print a second copy of the template for reference. cut out the shapes for the alarm button, the clock face, and the plug before you start assembling. be VERY exact when cutting out this template, otherwise the facets will not fit together cleanly.

3. if you are using wood, begin to cut the wood into the shapes of your template. when you have them all cut out, begin gluing the pieces together with the low temp glue gun. if you are using paper, fold the template crisply on the fold lines and use tape or glue to attach the cut points together.

4. once your piece is assembled, slide it over your clock to check the fit. you can paint the shape, or decorate it further if you wish. if you are finished, you can now attach it to the clock using tape or a little glue on the back and front.

5. plug in your clock and set the time! you can access the buttons (including the all important snooze button) because the wood (or paper) is thin enough to put pressure on the buttons.


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