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Floating Photo Frame

Display your favorite photos in easy-to-make photo frames. Use plywood and clear acrylic sheets to make each floating photo frame. Make these DIY frames in a variety of sizes.

Plywood floating frames on desk

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

Few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Tape measure
  • Clamps
  • Drill
  • Saw
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper


  • 15/32" x 2' x 4' sanded pine plywood, #7706
  • 2' x 4' clear acrylic sheet, #11220
  • 1" x 2" x 4' whitewood board, #1406
  • 4 -- 1/4" hex-head bolts 2.5" long
  • 4 -- 1/4" lock nuts
  • 3/8" x 1/2" x 1 1/2" steel spacers
  • D-ring hangers, #264575

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Step 1

Have a Lowe's associate cut the plywood and acrylic sheet into 2' x 2' squares.

Step 2

Stack two squares of acrylic on one square of plywood and clamp together.

Step 3

Measure 1-1/4" from each corner and slowly drill a 5/16" hole through the acrylic and plywood.

Good to Know

If you have a drill press, using a clamp-on fence and a stop block will make this quick and easy.

Step 4

Sand the plywood faces and edges with 100-grit sandpaper. Wipe off dust with a cloth.

Step 5

Cut a 10"-long piece from the whitewood board to use as center support. This will keep the acrylic squares from sagging in the center of the frame.

Step 6

Single floating photo frame project

Glue the end of the support to the middle of the plywood's front side. (The artwork will hide the support.) Weigh down the support while the glue dries to ensure a good bond.

Step 7

Mount a large D-ring hanger to the back of the plywood with a screw.

Step 8

Center and tape your photo or artwork to one acrylic square. Top with the second acrylic square. Then connect the acrylic and plywood pieces using the hex-head bolts, steel spacers, and lock nuts.