How to Make Modern Acrylic Floating Frames

Posted in BEDROOMS, DECOR, DIY
on April 9, 2014

 

floating frame tutorial

Finally! A Master Bedroom update! Last we checked in, we’d just finished up the headboard re-do, and Shay had risked his life – okay, I had risked his life – dragging the monster up the stairs. Lucky for me he still loves me.

Today, let’s talk about this.

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Do you see it? No, you aren’t missing anything.. the problem is that there isn’t anything there. It was time to fix this – or add to it, since you can’t fix something that isn’t there – or can you?

Sure there is – you can add some fun, serene, acrylic floating frames right smack in the middle of that blank space. Let me show you how!

DIY ACRYLIC FLOATING FRAMES TUTORIAL

Start with the images. I went with three versions of dandelions, 2/3rds of which I found on Flickr. If you go this route, be sure to get permission from the authors to reprint! Lucky for me, both photographers were excited and happy to share their photos with me – which brings us to step one!

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Have your images printed

I had all three images printed as 16×20 posters at Walmart. I’m excited though, to find out that Amazon now offers poster printing as well!

Gather the rest of your materials

Here is what I used for each frame:

I also used a drill, spring clamps, a tape measure and speed-square, a ratchet (for hanging) and a bit of sandpaper.

Create the frames

To begin, stack two squares of acrylic on top of one another, without removing the plastic coating – this will help to prevent cracking –  and clamp together. Carefully measure and mark 1-1/4″ from each corner.

floating frames - drill holes

 

Slowly drill a 5/16″ hole through both layers of the acrylic. I found it easiest to use a smaller drill bit then move up to the 5/16” bit. Be sure to hold the corner firmly and to drill at a consistent speed to avoid cracking the acrylic.

Floating Frames- drill holes and prep frames

Repeat on all four corners. Remove the plastic coating.

Add the stencil

I decided to add a bit of detail to the back of my frames, to give the illusion that there was a pattern on the wall. If you would like to do this, use the stencil of your choice and the front piece of plexiglass.  I used the Large Moorish Trellis Stencil, the same one used in our Hall Closet Makeover.

 

 

 

Floating Frame - stencils

Add prints or photos

Use double-sided tape to adhere each print in the center of a stenciled piece of acrylic. Sandwich the print between the stenciled plexiglass and a clear piece, matching the pre-drilled holes.

Hang the frames

It was time for hanging!

We opted to attach our frames directly to the wall, rather than to lock the frames shut and then hang. The frames weigh literally nothing, but we decided to use the anchors anyway. This actually helped us a lot and made hanging a snap.SAM_8500

First, to determine the location and to level the prints, use paper templates to ensure everything will be centered – that’s for that tip Younghouselove.com!

 

 

Mark the hole location, lining the acrylic pieces up to the template and marking the drill location with a pen or pencil.

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Drill the holes and put in the drywall anchors. I don’t remember what size the anchors were unfortunately. Just ensure they will take a 1/4” x 2.5” bolt.

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To hang, first, thread a bolt through both pieces of acrylic. Attach a spacer between the acrylic and the wall. Screw bolt into the anchor and you’re done!

 

So, what do you think? Do you find the prints serene, a bit whimsical, soft, comforting, with natural elements, including neutral tones, or does it just make you want to sneeze.. just a little bit? It’s okay – Shay told me they made him want to sneeze the first time he saw them. It’s nothing I haven’t heard before.

With a bit of art work done, let’s review our list of left-to-dos..

  • bed skirt
  • head board or new frame
  • refinish the large dresser or replace
  • throw pillows
  • make-over lamps and new shades
  • floating shelves on large open wall
  • accent rug
  • window treatments
  • two matching ottomans for either side of the dresser
  • wall art

If you want to see our original plan, go here. If you’re interested in seeing some of the other inspiration I’ve been looking at, check out my Master Bedroom Board.

Thanks for hanging out with me today! I always appreciate your stopping by. Happy Wednesday!

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4 Comments

  • Jenna Brussee

    I love this room! The lamp shades are my favorite part.

    April 9, 2014 at 6:28 pm Reply
  • Julia

    I love this! It looks beautiful. 🙂 And it reminds me that I really need to do something about the big blank space above my bed!

    April 9, 2014 at 9:25 pm Reply
  • Aprilrutherford

    I love these…so.much.

    April 10, 2014 at 5:57 pm Reply
  • Angela Conklin

    Wow, those are the perfect photographs (interesting and great color) for your fabulous bedroom! Love that you kept it simple and let the photos pop by using the clear acrylic. 🙂

    May 27, 2014 at 4:23 am Reply
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