Author: Elsie Larson,Budget: $$,D.I.Y. Project,Home Decor,One Day Project,Renter Friendly,Sponsored,Video,Wall Art,

How to make an acrylic frame! via A Beautiful MessI am really excited to share today's DIY with you because I LOVE how it turned out. I have admired modern, floating frames from afar, but this is my first time to try to do anything with acrylic. It is easier than it looks (seriously, the hardest part is just having the correct supplies), and it looks SO polished and pretty in my dressing room. 

We're working with Canon USA for this project, and I used my Canon PIXMA iP8720 Crafting Printer because I knew I wanted a big 13x19 print. Absolutely love how the print came out.

Alright! First, here's the video tutorial. Read the written instructions as well for a little more info about drill bits. 

-piece of acrylic a few inches bigger than your photo (You can get this at most home improvement stores, and they will cut it to size for you.)
-standoff mounting hardware
-printer and printer paper
-screws to mount hardware (Remember that the screw head has to be big enough to fit inside the hardware tube that attaches to the wall, so take the hardware with you when you go to buy screws.)
-drill and screwdriver
-gold spray paint
-painter's tape
-glue dots
-Canon PIXMA iP8720 Crafting Printer

Step 1: Print your photo. Like I was saying before, I used the PIXMA iP8720 printer and 13x19 inch Luster paper. If you're using a Canon PIXMA printer, you can just set the print to be borderless in the print setup screen on your computer so you don't have to trim off any white edges. 

Step 2: Cover the corners of your acrylic, front and back, with painter's tape. Mark on top of the tape where you want the holes to go. Use a small drill bit to drill a hole into the acrylic (keep a piece of scrap wood under the sheet to protect your surface). To drill into acrylic, it's best to drill a little bit into the acrylic to get the hole started, but then switch the drill into reverse and press down with pressure to complete the hole. You're trying to avoid cracking the acrylic, so going backwards and basically melting through the sheet is the best way to go. Keep switching to bigger and bigger bits until you have the right hole size drilled for your hardware. Remove the tape and the protective film from your sheet. 

Step 3: Use glue dots to attach your photo face down onto the acrylic. Hold your photo and center it on the wall where you want to hang the frame. Mark where each hole should be drilled (try and be really precise, there's not a whole lot of wiggle room if the holes are really off), and pre-drill each hole with a small drill bit. Paint your mounting hardware gold and let it completely dry. Mount the tube part of the mounting hardware into your predrilled holes with a screw and screwdriver. Line up the holes of your frame with the hardware and screw in the front screws to secure the acrylic in place.

How to make an acrylic frame! via A Beautiful Mess How to make an acrylic frame! via A Beautiful Mess How to make an acrylic frame! via A Beautiful Mess I am REALLY loving the clean, modern look of this frame. This design is light and airy. 

For my photo, I used a photo taken by my friend Arielle Vey. (She edited it with A Color Story. That's how I initially saw the image and fell in love with it.) I really wanted an image that was soft and dreamy, NOT a giant photo of Jeremy and I since it's in our bathroom/dressing room. Haha! Different moods for different rooms, am I right? 

How to make an acrylic frame! via A Beautiful Mess The acrylic feels heavy and substantial and because of the busy nature of the photograph, you don't really notice the glue dots in there. 

How to make an acrylic frame! via A Beautiful Mess     I HIGHLY recommend this project if you're looking for an affordable, modern DIY frame. It was about $40 to make this project, by the way! 

I've noticed a shift in my art taste lately. Instead of wanting a lot of small art and gallery walls, I am gravitating toward larger, single statement pieces. I really believe that the right print in the right room can tie EVERYTHING together. A room without art isn't a finished space! 

Hope this DIY is helpful! Please let us know if you make one and feel free to request future DIYs for your art/photo/decorating needs... we're ALWAYS curious to hear what solutions and projects you are in need of. 

Have a great day. xx! Elsie 

Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Project Assistant: Laura Gummerman. Video and Music: Jeremy Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions


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