Forget bulky wood or standard standing picture frames. If you’re a fan of clean, modern design, then this is the type of framing that belongs in your home. Floating acrylic picture frames give any space that sleek, art gallery feel, and as designer Kenneth Wingard of “Home Made Simple” demonstrates in the above video, they’re surprisingly simple to make yourself.
Pre-cut acrylic sheets can be found at your local craft or hardware store, and once you’ve got that, all you need are a few pieces of hardware, a drill and your favorite photos. (If you make more than one frame, go with with black and white photos for a unified look.)
Materials for 1 frame:
Square photo of your choice – 9” x 9” or smaller
(2) 12” x 12” x 1/8” acrylic sheet
(2) 12” bar clamps
Drill with a 1/8” self-tapping drill bit and hex bit
(4) 1/4” x 2” Metal pipe spacers
(4) 3” Hex screws
(4) 1/4” Decorative washers
Acid-free double-sided tape
Preparing the acrylic:
With a ruler, measure 1/2” by 1/2” in from each corner of a sheet of acrylic and mark with a pen. These will be where the screws go.
Place the two sheets of acrylic together and secure with a bar clamp either side of a corner. Position the clamped corner over the edge of your work surface and drill a hole through both sheets of acrylic using the mark from Step 1 as a guide.
Once the first hole is drilled, remove the bar clamps and place them on the next corner. Repeat Step 2 for each corner.
Assembling the frame:
Remove the protective paper from both sheets of acrylic and discard.