Lately I’ve been obsessed with the idea of lucite frames in our house.
There’s something just so dramatic and elegant about a photo, print, or textile when lucite does the framing. It’s almost as if the frame takes a back seat and lets the image take center stage.
I’ve been searching high and low for a reasonably priced source with no luck at all. Naturally when you can’t buy it, you find a way to DIY it.
So I’ll try to take the guess-work out of it for you:
Here’s what you’ll need:
-Sheets of plexiglass custom cut for you at Lowes.
(I had them cut ours two inches larger than the picture. You could even do a 3 or 4 inch border if you’d like a more dramatic look.)
-Glue Dots to fasten the photo to your frame
-The right size drill bit
-Advertising Standoffs such as THESE from Amazon.
-Gold Spray Paint (THIS is my favorite kind by far!)
Here’s what you’ll do:
- Pick up your plexiglass from Lowes and have it cut. (Insider tip: don’t take your one & two year old toddlers with you on this adventure. They thought it would be funny to play hide and seek from mommy in the hardware section. It wasn’t funny) 😉
- Anxiously await that brown package from Amazon with your gold paint and standoffs. When it arrives rip it open and put a fresh coat of gold on your hardware. Instant gratification. You’re going to need it because the rest of the process gets a little tedious 😉
- Decide where you’d like your bolts to go. Measure carefully and then mark on the glass. (If you keep the plastic coating on, it will be super simple to get rid of these marks later.)
- Be sure to drill your holes carefully and slowly so you don’t crack the acrylic frames. Another method is to heat up a nail under a gas stove and melt the plastic. (We drilled and ours didn’t crack; but Michael did put a piece of wood underneath so that it absorbed some of the pressure. We also tested a spare piece first just to be sure.)
- Attach your pictures to the plexiglass using glue dots (double-sided tape would work as well.)
- Secure the two pieces of plexiglass together using your pretty gold bolts.
- You’re ready to hang! Start by carefully measuring your grid on the wall. We used painters tape and a pencil to map it all out:
- Hold up your frames to the wall & make a pencil mark through each bolt where the screws should go.
- Drill a screw through your bolt into each of these four holes
- Now the back of your bolts is attached to the wall and you can just place your lucite on them and screw in the top portion of the brass bolt. (PRO TIP: You really only have to screw the top two bolts into the wall. The bottom two don’t have to be functional at all. We figured this out about half-way in) 😉
- Screw on all four bolts and you’re DONE! Easy breezy.I adore how they look against the shiplap in the mudroom! It was worth all of the measuring and drilling for SURE.
P.S. Thanks to Emery and Ivy Photography for the gorgeous family pictures!