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DIY Acrylic Photo Frame

December 16, 2015

Today’s DIY is one that plagued me for a while before I fully figured out how to do it. I had multiple talks with my engineering husband to try and figure out what would be best, and even more talks with Jenny about what would be easiest. Finally, we landed on this idea for an acrylic photo frame, and I must say that it’s even better than I thought it would be! This is probably my favorite project that I’ve ever done, and I’m so excited to give it to my hubby as a Christmas gift (even though he already knows about it…)

DIY Acrylic Photo Frame - Snaps: A Blog from SnapBox

Though acrylic can be a little expensive, I promise that it’s worth it. There is something magical about seeing the wall behind your photos that doesn’t translate well in the pictures that we took. It is 1,000 times better in person, just take my word on that. Plus, I love the fact that I can change out the photos once I start taking more.

My husband and I are actually really bad about taking photos together and we’ve been trying to get better at it as the years go on. Some of these photos go as far back as our first date (that one in the very bottom right hand corner) so I’d love to be able to keep putting in more recent ones as we take them and print them. That’s the plan anyway; we’ll see if it actually happens that way! See below for the full list of supplies and steps.

  • 24 4×4 art photo prints
  • two 20″x20″ acrylic sheets 1/8″ thick
  • 8 neodym magnets
  • 8 small wooden disks (mine are about 3/4″ in diameter)
  • permanent glue
  • sticky scrapbooking foam dots
  • a picture ledge at least 22″ long

Glue each magnet to a wooden disk, being sure that you’re not gluing the wrong sides. To avoid this, I had two magnets stuck to each other, I separated them, flipped one over and set them both on the table. Then I put glue on the site facing up. Give the glue time to set.

Peel the protective sheets of one side of each piece of acrylic. Glue the untouched side of your wooden disk to each corner of the acrylic. Stick the other magnets/disks onto the ones you just glued, place glue on the wooden side of those, and place your second piece of acrylic on top, being sure to align it with the piece underneath. Place heavy objects above each disk and let that dry overnight.

While that’s drying, put two foam dots on the back of each photo print. Once the glue is dry, arrange them on the acrylic then stick them to the inside of one piece. Peel the protective coverings off the other two sides of the acrylic, and use the picture ledge to display your new acrylic photo frame!

DIY Acrylic Photo Frames - Snaps: A Blog from SnapBox

There’s only two days left to get free ground shipping and receive it by Christmas! Unfortunately the deadline for our pillows has already passed, but you can get any other product right now and have it arrive in time for the big day!

DIY Acrylic Photo Frame - Snaps: A Blog from SnapBox

And, don’t forget, you still have time to save in our holiday sale! All the details are right here.

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