#diy Instructional: ACRYLITE® Floating Acrylic Photo Gallery
With many of us having more free time on our hands these days, why not try this #diy project that will bring enjoyment and a finished piece you'll cherish for years to come! Need some help? We've got you; read below as we guide you through creating a floating acrylic photo gallery!
What You'll Need
Painter's & scotch tape*
Piece of scrap wood or cardboard*
*These items can be found at your local hardware store.
How to Make
Step 1. Pick Your Acrylic
We recommend using our ACRYLITE® framing grade clear 0A000 GT for this project. However, you can check out our full selection here and choose your thickness in our cut-to-size Configurator. This table above offers some insight on how to choose the right sheet thickness depending on the desired frame size.
Step 2. Drill Holes into Acrylic
It's best to keep the masking on your acrylic sheet. Drilling with the masking on offers added protection for the sheet. Before you start, put two pieces of acrylic together and tape the four corners to ensure they do not slide out of place. Clamp down your two pieces of acrylic sheet to the surface you'll be drilling on. You will want to place a piece of scrap wood or cardboard underneath to protect from damaging the table surface when drilling. Mark where you will be drilling using a ruler to ensure all holes are evenly spaced. It's recommended to tape over the spot you'll be drilling before adding the marks so the drill bit has something to grab onto as it goes into the sheet. Use a drill bit that accommodates the size of the standoff mount. Let the drill do the work as you gradually lead it through the acrylic sheet. Remove all tape and masking. Repeat this step until all sheets have proper holes. For a more detailed explanation on how to achieve perfect holes without causing them to blow out, check out ACRYLITE® Drilling Acrylic Tech Brief.
Step 3. Add Photos to Acrylic
Now that your sheet has the proper drilled holes, you can add your photos. Make sure your acrylic is as clean as possible before placing your pictures. Use a small amount of scotch tape on the bottom layer of acrylic to hold your photo in place. Stack on top the second layer of acrylic.
Step 4. Drill Holes into Wall
Mark the spots on the wall before drilling. Make sure they align with the spacing of the holes on the acrylic sheets. You can hold up your sheet and trace the holes on the wall to ensure they're spaced properly. Take the screw and barrel from the standoff mount and drill into the wall where you've placed the marked spots. You'll want to slowly increase bit speed as you go. Repeat this process until all mounts are in place.
Step 5. Final Install
You're almost there! Take your framed photos and attach to the mounts on the wall. Repeat this step until all mounts are securely holding up your acrylic frames.
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