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Picture of Minimalistic Word Clock
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A big thanks to Super Make Something as this project was inspired by their Neopixel Word Clock. I created this clock as a part of my IGCSE Design & Technology course and received an A* for it. The CAD model was built on fusion beforehand a thus isn't a 100% accurate model.

The aim of this product was to be simple and minimalistic to fit into an office environment. The clock is a fun and unique way to show time in 5-minute intervals and uses RGB LEDs to spark things up. This Instructables guide will hopefully take you on a detailed step-to-step journey so you can also create your own word clock. It's quite simple :)

The document attached below might help later on with the dimensions. I also strongly recommend that you watch the video linked above as it will help to further understand the assembly behind this clock.

Step 1: Collecting the Required Materials & Electronics


  • 32x WS2812B RGB LEDs
  • 11x Male to Male jumper cables
  • 1x Arduino Uno
  • 2x Ring Led PTM Button
  • 1x Female to Male USB Cable
  • 1x Male to Male USB Cable
  • 1x Male USB Type A to Male USB Type B Cable
  • 1x Powerbank

Materials/Cutting List:

  • 2x 325mm x 295mm x 10mm Maple Wood (Ash Wood Work Just As Good)
  • 2x 315mm x 285mm x 10mm Maple Wood (Ash Wood Work Just As Good)
  • 1x 325mm x 315mm x 5mm MDF Wood
  • 1x 295mm x 285mm x 5mm MDF Wood
  • 1x 325 x 315 x 3mm Black Gloss/Matte Acrylic (Gloss looks better but gets fingerprints and scratches easily)


  • Vernier Caliper
  • Triangle Square
  • Circular Saw
  • Miter Guillotine
  • Linisher With Angular Guide (Optional But Recommended)
  • 90° Corner Clamps
  • Miter Clamp (optional)
  • Bench Drill With A Bench Drill Clamp
  • Drill Bits (5mm, 10mm, 16mm)
  • Hole-Saw (48mm)
  • Laser Cutter (Should Work For Both Acrylic And Wood)
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Photocopier
  • Scroll Saw
  • Disc Sander (Optional)
  • Soldering Iron & Solder
  • Multicore Wire
  • Hand Drill
  • Hot Glue Gun (Optional)
  • PVA
  • Epoxy Resin
  • Counter Sink (Optional But Recommended)
  • Screws & Screw Driver
  • Rough & Fine Sandpaper (Optional But Recommended)
  • Beeswax (Optional)
  • Laptop
KushagraK78 days ago
That's a great project to add to room decor.
Vatsal Agarwal (author)  KushagraK77 days ago
It is indeed
kovacslaa7 days ago
Like it! Congrats!
Vatsal Agarwal (author)  kovacslaa7 days ago
Congrats bro,, i have some feeds i want to ask you abou,can you send me your email or some way else we can chat,thx
Hey Jonathan,

You can email me at
zakbobdop14 days ago
A lot of work, but an amazing end product.
Vatsal Agarwal (author)  zakbobdop13 days ago
Appreciate it!
seamster18 days ago
Very nicely done, congrats on the A grade!! : )
Vatsal Agarwal (author)  seamster18 days ago