Make It! Secondhand Chic: Super Simple Floating Frames

Make It! Secondhand Chic: Super Simple Floating Frames

So, have you heard? Curbly is releasing a new ebook next week, Make It! Secondhand Chic. In it Chrisjob, ModHomeEcTeacher and I scoured our favorite second-hand haunts and came up with 14 very cool and inspiring makeovers (if I do say so myself!) that will have you rummaging through rummage too! One of my projects featured in the book uses picture frames. Since I'm under strict no-giveaways rules, I can't tell you much about it. I will say, however, that the black picture frame, shown above, didn't make the cut because of its shape. (Not much of a hint, huh?) Because I CAN'T let a thing go to waste, even a second-hand thing, I put my reusable thinking cap on and decided to use my rejected reject to make a super simple floating frame. Here's what you'll need to make one:     

  • Two second-hand picture frames of the same size. The frames themselves don't have to be the same size, just the glass. (I've got plans for the glass-less frame too!)
  • Something to frame. I had a botanical shape that I cut out of stencil sheets using my Cricut (and this cartridge) that I didn't know what to do with. As it turned out,  this was a perfect project for it.
  • A hot glue gun and glue stick.

Now for the simple steps:


1. Take the glass panes out of the frames and clean 'em.

2. Next make a 'glass sandwich' by placing one of the glass panes back into the frame you want to use, then center your picture/piece to be framed and then insert the second piece of glass over your picture/piece. Because my botanical was opaque, I didn't use glue to hold it in place, but if it hadn't been, I would have put a dot of glue on the back of it so it wouldn't slip. Although, because the stencil medium is mylar, it sort of 'clings' so no worries about slipping for me.

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3. Run a bead of hot glue around the perimeter of your glass sandwich.

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And that's it!!!

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Now, keep in mind that hot glue--or any other kind of glue--is going to make it very tricky to re-use the frame. However, small cleats or even weatherstripping might be a better way to go if you're so inclined. I just used hot glue because it's the easiest!

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DIY Maven on Apr 06, 2010:

Crazy. Great minds....!

ModHomeEcTeacher on Apr 06, 2010:

Yes Ma'am. I was trying to be NCAA friendly so I did eight floating frames with old sports tickets pressed between the glass for an art idea for the man cave. In fact, one ticket was from a Vikings/Jets game my brother in law took me to years ago. How about that??

DIY Maven on Apr 06, 2010:

Floating frames??? Get outta town!

ModHomeEcTeacher on Apr 06, 2010:

That was my IndyStar project this week. :)

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