Published on July 9th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Time to Hack the RIBBA With VÄCKIS Clocks

Materials: 1 RIBBA 9″x9″ frame; 9 VÄCKIS clocks; 9 AA Batteries

1) Open back of RIBBA frame and remove mat. Leave the spacer inside the frame.
2) Insert one AA battery into each of the nine clocks.

3) Synch the time on all the clocks.
4) Insert VÄCKIS clocks into the RIBBA frame.

6) Replace back of RIBBA frame.

You’re done!

You can paint your frame, hang it on the wall, or otherwise customize it to fit your space.

~ E.O. Jackson, Washington, DC, United States

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25 Responses to Time to Hack the RIBBA With VÄCKIS Clocks

  1. Denise says:

    Genius idea! And much better how it is instead of different time zones!

  2. Anonymous says:

    In process at the moment… Pretty easy, just need one of those tiny screw drivers.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Nice! How easy is it to get into the Vackis to recolour the faces?

  4. EO Jackson, Washington DC says:

    Hello Everyone! Thanks for the positive feedback. Setting the clocks for different time zones is a great idea.

    I’ve experienced almost no noise at all. The only time (pun intended) I hear anything is if I am sitting in the living room in total silence. Even then, the noise is very faint. Eventually, I want to paint the Ribba frame, but we’re going to be painting the living room this Fall. I figured I’d wait until then.

    One of the things I like about this idea is that it can be modified in a million different ways. There are several different Ribba frames from which to choose, or you can paint the frame, paint the frame and the clock housings the same or different colors, cover them with fabric, or use mirrored or metal tiles. We thought about making one as a gift for a friend and painting the fronts of the clocks with glow-in-the-dark paint-still thinking it over. It can be customized anyway you want, so enjoy!

    And thanks again!

  5. I’m thinking this will be a great hack for a birthday gift for that somebody who is late for everything. I also dig the time zone idea but I’m not sure I need nine time zones lol going to think about that one!

    Thanks for letting us know that the frame seems to insulate against the noise, Anonymous #7- I’ve seen reviews about this clock being really noisy. Good to know – thanks everyone for sharing your ideas!

  6. m says:

    You don’t have daylight savings time in your country, do you?

  7. Anonymous says:

    I made one.. Each clock is set to a different major city. New York, London, Moscow, Mumbai, etc.. And I labeled each clock at the bottom with a label-maker, in a cool font.

    Took 30 mins. I personally don’t hear ticking at all unless I put my ear against the frame. Cost me total around $23.00 for everything. (The clocks were $1.00ea and the frame was $9.99)

    Thanks! Great Hack.

    • jo says:

      where does the 23 comes from?

      and my opinion is you can like it with different time zones, or only one time set. it’s a personal choice, i think. but i’m almost sure that some virgo man will set all of them some minutes ahead, just to be sure to be on time for one meeting.

    • Anonymous says:

      We have this crazy thing called sales tax here.. that’s where the $23.00 came from. ;)

    • jo says:

      ;-) :-| for taxes….

  8. foggue says:

    i love it but what about the noise x 9?

  9. I, too, love this hack! A less expensive version of a 9 faced clock I recently used for a home staging project.

  10. Christel says:

    LOVE this hack!!! A nice addition to our guest bedroom.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Very clever idea – I was thinking of possibly painting the clocks different bright colors in addition to different timezones – Just an idea – Will decide when I get the materials home from IKEA -

  12. Love it. I’m making this but going one step further… different timezones and I’ll probably hack the clock faces to show me timezone name and people I have there.

    • Anonymous says:

      I was thinking the exact same thing! I homeschool my daughters and this would be perfect to teach them about time zones (plus help me remember not to call people in the middle of the night) Do you know if the clock is easy to disassemble?

  13. gerrymoth says:

    Brilliant idea, off to ikea tonight to buy all the stuff

  14. Melissa Daul says:

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  15. Anonymous says:

    This looks completely rad and I like it just how it is with the clocks synched together rather than with different time zones. One thing I’d like to know, do the little clocks make a lot of ticking noise or are they quieter than a regular ikea wall clock?

  16. Haz anyone seen me? says:

    I like the idea, but it would be more interesting if you had the different timezones set for it. Then you have labels added for your friends/family in different places.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Hey! The 4th clock is 1 sec ahead of the rest!

  18. Anonymous says:

    I was totally thinking the same thing with regards to time zones

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