Easy Plexiglass Art Frame
Have you ever wanted to frame a piece of art but didn’t want to pay the high cost to buy a custom frame? Or worse, you’re like me and too lazy to DIY your own frame? That’s where I found myself last week when I was creating the perfect gallery wall. I was at the corner of cheap and lazy. But, I stood my ground at that corner and created an Easy Plexiglass Art Frame!
I wouldn’t recommend this technique for priceless art, but for posters and other art that you want to frame quickly or easily, this is your tutorial!
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- Art poster or drawing
- Double-stick tape
- Jigsaw or plexiglass cutter
- Board larger than the art (at least 3″ on each side)
- Small wood screws
- Drill with drill bit smaller than screw diameter
- Screwdriver bit
- Picture hanging hook(s)
Optional: Paint and Paintbrush
Cut your board to size. If you want, stain or paint your board ahead of time. Allow it to dry.
Put pieces of double stick tape on the corners of your art and position it in the center of your board.
Lay the plexiglass on top of the art and mark where to cut the glass (allow at least 1/4″ overlaps.)
Cut your plexiglass with a jigsaw, bandsaw, scoring plexiglass knife or ask a local home improvement store to cut your glass exact. Sand the edges of the plexiglass until it is smooth.
Drill holes in the corners of the plexiglass.
Center the plexiglass over the artwork.
Attach the plexiglass with wood screws.
Hammer the hanging hardware centered on the back of the board.
And you have an Easy Plexiglass Art Frame ready to hang!
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This is such a cool idea! I love it!
Awesome! I’m always looking for creative ways to frame artwork. Can an orbital saw be used? As to sanding the plexiglass, I’m assuming you have to be very careful to not scratch the tops and how much pressure and how fine is the sandpaper? And finally, do I get plexiglass at my local hardware store? I’m asking all these details because I’ve never really done anything requiring this much ‘technical’ skills. I usually bite the bullet and spend the money to let a pro do it. But I’m tired of that and I want to learn to use what is out there, and to use all the wonderful knowledge you share. I admire you so much and look forward to your posts every single day. I want to come live in your workshop!
I’m not sure what you mean by an orbital saw. Do you mean a jigsaw? Or a Circular saw? I think a jigsaw would work, but you’ll need to clamp it tight. I’d put painters tape over the line you want to cut on because the edges will get very jagged using a jigsaw. Regarding sanding, I just grabbed a scrap of 22o grit sandpaper. That will work well for slightly rough edges. Because this is your first project, I’d ask the hardware store to cut the plexi to size for you. This will save you time and headache, especially if you don’t have all the tools.
I know this is a project you can accomplish. It’s a good beginner project. Please email me and send me a photo when you finish. I’ll be anxious to see your frame! 😉
What a good idea! Thanks for sharing it.
Great tutorial! I’m definitely going to try this with some photos. What material did you use for the board?
Victoria, I just used a board from my scrap pile. I think it was a pine 1″ x 8″.
Just lovely! And it does not seem very difficult to do. Thanks for posting
That is pretty nifty. I have 2 pieces of artwork that my stepdaughter brought from Africa. They are not a standard size. This would be perfect to finally get them on the wall. I was going to try to attach it to foam board and then not sure, make a frame out of 1x boards. This is much easier and I have some wood left over from another project. Just need the plexiglass.