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diy project: kate’s paper clock

by Grace Bonney

this is one of the easiest projects i have made to date, and these nifty clocks have endless possibilities for customization. i can’t take credit for the brilliant idea however – these clocks are inspired by the gorgeous ones created by japanese designers d bros (although i am not sure if they are the first to have this idea either, but they certainly made it beautifully!) what i love about the design is how easy it is to change it up – you can use your own drawing, cut up a magazine or an old map, or use one of the myriad gorgeous wallpaper samples, wrapping papers, and decorative papers available in stores and online. i stayed up a little later than i want to admit creating some clock faces, clock hands, and fonts in illustrator so you have some templates you can use. mine are standard print size (8.5 x 11) but if you have access to a larger printer or a photocopier i encourage you to size these up and change up the colors. i would love to see your versions so feel free to post links! have fun! – kate

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1. clock movement kit (look for one that is for 1.4″ thick clock faces or smaller)
2. scissors
3. paper for clock face – any type of paper 17″ x 11″ in dimensions (the paper should be thin enough that you can feed it through a printer or copier)
4. craft glue or spray adhesive
5. ruler and pencil
6. exacto knife and cutting mat
7. clock face and hand template ( i have included three templates for faces and one for hands)


1. Clock Hand Template
2. Futura Clock template
3. Edwardian Clock Template
4. Rococo Clock Template

paper: $2, or free
movement kit: $5

30 minutes


1. measure 2 rectangles that are 8.5 x 11″ on the back of your paper.

2. use your cutting mat, ruler and exacto blade to cut out the 8.5 x 11″ sheets (if your paper design has a top and bottom, be sure to check how your printer outputs your paper so you feed it in correctly- you don’t want your clock face to print upside down)

3. choose one of the clock face templates and print it once to check the size and layout. now feed your paper sheet into the printer and print the clock face again. put the sheet aside to let the ink dry.

4. print out the hands on the other piece of paper. you can also print these on simple card stock, or thicker printer paper as well. i chose the same paper so it would have the same color background.

5. cut out the hands and glue them onto the minute and hour hands that came with the clock movement kit. use a hole punch or the exacto knife to cut out the hole in the bottom circle of the hands so they fit over the metal hands and then will fit on the movement. if your kit comes with a second hand as well, you can make a second hand, or leave the second hand uncovered but color it to match. it’s up to you.

6. use your exacto blade to cut a small “x” in the center of the clock face (there is a dot on the template to guide you). feed the movement kit from the behind the paper to the front and then place the hands on it. refer to last week’s diy project for a diagram of how the clock movement parts fit on.

7. set the time, then hang the clock movement on the wall using the loop on the movement, then tape or pin the four corners of the paper in place. you can also fold the paper face in quarters so that the paper tilts backwards, but then you do have creases in the clock so keep the in mind.


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