Geeky Art - Old Motherboards in Ikea RIBBA Frame




I had a couple of old motherboards and PC components lying around. Since they were rather colourful and I had a plain wall to decorate, I decided to have them framed. 

Unwilling to have a custom frame made for them, I headed down to Ikea where I found 520 x 520mm RIBBA frames (Article Number: 601.798.01) had a picture width of 490mm, just enough room for two ATX motherboards side by side, or 4 mATX.

Because the motherboard was thicker than the maximum 30mm depth, I had to remove the IO ports to make them fit. Unfortunately, I had some trouble melting the lead-free solder with my project soldering iron and I had to pry them off with pliers. Many scratches and pricks later, the thinned-down motherboards were hot glued onto the frame. A few screw holes for fastening were also added for good measure. 

As the frame was now much heavier  than Ikea designed it to be, I was afraid the original clips would not hold. So holes were added to thread another wire for hanging. Hope this inspires you to give new life to those old / non-functional PC components!

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6 Discussions


5 years ago on Introduction

I made something a little different


Hi, Love this, I would be tempted to add some little LED lights to the side to throw shadows and highlights and act as ambient light but it looks really cool as it is

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If you really want to add LEDs but don't want visible wiring, you could use batteries and simply turn it on once in a while, like when you have guests over- and if you know what you're doing you could even get fancy and add a timer or light sensor to turn the LEDs on/off.

I wonder which would look more interesting: LEDs around the edge of the frame to light the top of the boards OR making the entire piece backlit? :O

Best of luck! :)


6 years ago on Introduction

I like this as well! Could open up a hard drive and use that as well!