DIY Floating Acrylic Picture Frames

Everyone has seen these super popular floating acrylic frames for years now, & there are many DIY’s on how to make your own. We decided to give it a try, but we wanted to use colored standoff mounts to put a little spin on the traditional gold and silver mounts you typically see with floating frames. Check out how easy it is to make your own floating frames but with these rose gold and green standoff mounts!

Supplies:

  • 4 standoff screw mounts
  • 2 Sheets of Acrylic
  • Masking Tape
  • Drill & Drill Bits
  • Clamps
  • Scrap Wood
  • 4 Wall Anchors & Screws (included with mounts)
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Glue Dots or Scotch Tape

 

We decided to use non-glare plastic “acrylic” sheets, in 8″ x 10″ & 11″ x 14″, but you can use any clear plastic sheeting you find online or in the hardware store, genuine acrylic or not. (The thicker sheets are easier to drill, as opposed to the really thin flexible sheets.)

Step 1

Start by taping all four corners on both sides of each sheet of acrylic. Use two pieces of tape so that you’ll have enough room to measure and mark.

Step 2

Place your photo over the acrylic and decide where you want your mounts. Measure.

We placed ours 1.25″ down from the top & 1″ from the sides. Make a + with your ruler to find the center point to drill.

Step 3

Clamp your sheets of acrylic together, and start by slowly drilling a small pilot hole over your piece of wood.

The pilot hole will help to keep your larger drill bit centered and go through more easily. The wood is there so that you have something to drill into and you won’t ruin a table, etc.

Step 4

Make sure your next drill bit is just slightly larger than the mounting screw threads so that your screw will slip through the hole easily.

Slowly drill your 4 larger holes. Going slowly helps to make sure your steady and will keep the acrylic from cracking.

Step 5

Remove the plastic film on both sheets of acrylic.

Step 6

Apply glue dots or scotch tape to all four corners on the back of your photo and attach it to the back sheet of acrylic.

Step 7

Mark on the wall where you’ll need to holes drilled for your wall anchors – A simple dot right in the center of the holes.

Affix your standoff mounts to the wall using the wall anchors and screws provided.

We definitely recommend using the wall anchors included to mount the standoff’s. This way you’ll be sure the frames are really stable and won’t fall out of the wall, because chances are, you aren’t going to hit studs on both sides.

Step 8

Place both sheets of acrylic over the mounts and screw frames into place, and you’re DONE!

We really love how these floating frames turned out, and the colored mounts made it so much more fun and unique. You no longer have just gold and silver options. Try out some colored mounts, like the rose gold or green we used, to spice up and customize your wall decor just a little bit more!

       


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