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DIY(ish) Large Acrylic Wall Frame







Have you ever had one of those projects that you really want to do, but have no place to put them?!  Well, this custom acrylic wall frame has been one of those projects.  


I adore the simplicity of these sandwiched lucite frames held off the wall with standoffs.  But they can get pricey if you need a custom size.  Luckily, I found Highland Hardware.  They sell an Acrylic Frame Kit, which is basically the standoffs you will need to mount your acrylic or glass to the wall.  And unlike most, they are finished in a brass finish vs. stainless.  Sold.


They send you all of the instructions you need to mount your hardware & you are in charge of getting your glass or acrylic.  So... easier said then done.  You can order custom cut plexi online, but shipping can be prohibitive.  Of course the size I needed wasn't a standard size (never the case!) but I picked up two pieces of plexiglass at Home Depot for around $45 total.  Here's the catch... they won't cut it down for you.  Apparently Lowes will, so I would recommend calling your local store first.  Fortunately our local Hardware Store (that my cousin works at) cut the plexi for me at no cost.

btw... our plexi glass ended up being cut to 26" x 30"

Now comes the four holes you will need for the standoffs to fit through.  Thank god Dina from Honey & Fitz did a similar project using magnets a few weeks back & she recommended melting the acrylic with a hot nail to achieve the hole.  This called for a really big nail.


We used a pair of vice grips to hold the nail, with a small piece of extra leather wrapped around the top of the nail to stop the heat from getting to the metal grips.  Then let it sit on the flame for about five minutes.  That sucker was hot! So be careful.


While the nail was heating up, I clamped the two sheets of plexi glass (with the protective film still on) using another pair of vice grips & some more leather scrap to protect the plastic from scratches.  I then marked my holes & brought out the smoking hot nail.


It melted through the acrylic like butter! Dina is a genius I tell you.  The residual melted plastic rim that you see popped right off after it was cooled down. 

I then removed the plastic film, added my art print & installed the mounts as provided by Highland Hardware.


I could not be more in love with our new Clare Elsaesser extra large print of "Gone Wild".  It was the perfect addition to my new guest room / office.  And the frame was exactly what I envisioned.  I did not want to cover up all of our Cole & Sons Woods wallpaper, but needed something substantial to standoff from it.  Now I get the best of both worlds.


x o - Kristin






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45 comments:

  1. ok, honestly, I couldn't possibly love this anymore than I do! so amazing. I'm also a huge fan of Clare's work, I need to get a few more of her prints, they are perfect. Love this,honestly, great job!

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  2. Thanks Julie! I am truly smitten with how this came together & love being able to look at this everyday as I work.

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  3. So beautiful and such a great idea! Love your wallpaper too :)

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  4. Looks lovely with the wallpaper. And it seems easier than I thought it would have. Thanks for sharing, I'll need to give this a try.

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  5. Gah. Gorgeous! I just finished an acrylic project yesterday, and you can just drill right into it. I've done both big and small holes, and I've never broken it.

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  6. I love it!! I'm so happy I could help. Your piece looks awesome. Seriously, drilling plexi is for crazy people. This is the only way to go! I

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  7. Thanks Mandy!! You are on fire with Acrylic lately!!! Can't wait to see the next one!


    We tried drilling into the scrap pieces & it cracked all three times, so went with the flaming hot nail to be safe.

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  8. That is sooo cool, love it! I need to try this. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. i've been on the hunt for a way to hang some vintage scarves...this will work perfectly! your project turned out so very lovely.

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  10. Girl stop. I saw the pic on Pintrest and my heart stopped. SOOOOO BEAUTIFUL!

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  11. Love Clare's work and it looks great standing off of that wallpaper. Great job!

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  12. I made my own frame like this as well using plexi from Lowes (and they did cut it for me BTW). I did not know the hot nail trick though so will have to try that next time. And I i used brass nuts and bolts instead of stand outs and just attached the frame to the wall with Command Strips. They made it stand out enough so that the bolts weren't hitting the wall.

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  13. This is stunning! Did you use the large or small stand outs for your piece?

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  14. What a chic framing option! How do you attach it to the wall?

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  15. Looks amazing...love it! How did you hang it?

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  16. Screws go through the standoffs into the wall. Really very easy!

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  17. Thanks Jennifer! Screws go through the standoffs into the wall.

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  18. THANK YOU JESSIE!! You just made my day :)

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  19. Awesome! Heading over to check out the standoffs right now...

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  20. Beautiful! Perfect solution for your wall. I had some plexi cut at Lowes a few weeks ago and was telling a friend about it and he said, "Glass shops will cut anything for you for dirt cheap." Kind of a "duh" moment for me - will definitely check that option out next time - was kind of pricey at Lowes!

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  21. Genius, I tell ya! I will have to tuck this idea away. I have to try this. It looks amazing with the art and against your wallpaper.

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  22. What specific brand of gold leaf did you use? And did you use a clear coat protectant/sealant on top of that? Thanks! I am SO excited for this project! xoxo

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  23. Oh you are a genius!! I've been looking for a lucite/acrylic frame option so I will definitely be bookmarking this!! Your piece looks gorgeous and I love the wallpaper...another fabulous space of course!

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  24. Awesome idea. The table looks awesome. I found a old tv console at a garage sale and I am thinking of reusing it as a hallway console table/buffet table by adding legs. Here are some pictures. Do you have any advice?

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  25. What a great project! The hardware is so chic and the end result is so pretty!
    E+J

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  26. Very cool! The nails look amazing. I would love to see a series of them on a large wall.

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  27. So pretty! Thanks for sharing your mounting source!

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  28. This is invaluable information! Thank you. I new about 'stand offs' but I didn't know I could make a hole with a nail! Looks fabulous- thanks for the instructions! xo Nancy {at}PowellBrower

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  29. They are beautiful! Definitely frame them! I framed a gold-trimmed set in a deep teal blue that I scooped up for $20.00. They turned out so perfectly and now I can be sure they will stay safe :)
    http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.ca/2013/04/my-diy-agate-art.html

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  30. This look great so far! I love the white bedding with the drapes.

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  31. Did you put the table together and then spray paint or vice versa? I am looking to do this for a desk of the same line I just purchased from Ikea. Thank you!

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  33. Where are the pillows from the big boy room picture from? If they're the h&m ones they've been sold out for so long :'(

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  34. They are the H&M ones. My client bought them a few months ago

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  35. Its great way to make your furniture table new once again. I wish I could do this myself at home but if will do this there will be a waste of paint anyway!
    Patio furniture

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  36. I love that indoor tree! What is the name of it?

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  37. Hi! How is that jute rug holding up now? I'm looking around but I'm having a hard time deciding which one to get. Reviews can be confusing! The link you posted doesn't go to the rug anymore. Can you help please?

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  38. Where did you get the mirror? I love this whole concept. Fabulous!

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