How do I drill acrylic to make a stand off floating frame?


hey guys. Hands are giving me really bad trouble.. I tried gnomes. It took awhile. I did a couple. I will send pics when there all the way done. lol. Anyhoo I want to make a standoff floating frame for a couple of really kewl pics I took. I put them regular frame and not so much. Ive read a couple things but no info on the drill bit how do I not crack the acrylic etc. I SOOOOOOOO appreciate all the answer u give me. Just trying to do something to keep my hands moving. I mean #$%@ Im only a freshly turned 59! lol. Still young at heart n soul!!!! So Thanks again for you guys for all your answers. Hope I can make this w help of my BF

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  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Mar 01, 2021

    Hi Katie, here's exactly how to drill into acrylic. Those floating frames are really cool - I might have to try making one too!

  • Here's a link. The trick is to use painter's tape and take your time. Good luck with your project!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Mar 01, 2021

    The secret I have found on drilling into anything like this (glass, acrylic, porcelain) is two fold: 1-make sure you have correct drill bit (material and size) and 2-place painter's tape on the section before you drill. This should help to prevent cracking and splintering.

    I am right there with you, 57 years young and trying to stay ahead of mother nature & father time.

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    • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Mar 02, 2021

      I've never been great at doing more than one at a time but I would definitely go with caution and tape both.

      As for the command strips or similar, my experience has been good at holding up items. Just make sure you use appropriate for the weight you are wanting to hold. They make a 16# picture hanging strip which should be sufficient or you could go with a heavy duty double sided tape like Scotch makes, it just won't come off the wall as easily.

  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 01, 2021

    Drilling Acrylic: The Ultimate Guide

  • William William on Mar 01, 2021

    Tape the acrylic where you want to drill. Go slow. if the acrylic is thin it can be pulled up by the bit as it goes through and crack it. Go too fast and the friction can crack it. Thicker material 1/4"+ can be easily drilled through just go slow. What I have done with thin material is sandwich it between two pieces of scrap wood where i want to drill. Never had a problem this way.

  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 01, 2021

    Hi Katie: I remember being 57. Kicked the heck out of it, moved on and still going many years later :) As long as you are doing, you are living! I agree with William (Hi William), put a piece of tape where you want to drill and put a red mark on the spot where you want to drill the hole on the tape. Then, you will need 2 pieces of wood to sandwich the piece of plastic. Drill a hole in one of the pieces of wood approximately where the hole in the plastic is going to be and centre it over the red dot, place the other piece of wood underneath and clamp all 3 pieces together in a couple of places. Put your drill bit in the hole, making sure it's over the red dot and drill slowly. Do a few plastic test pieces until you get it right so you don't mess up your frame. You will really need to do this part :)

    Good luck

  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Mar 03, 2021

    Here's a post that might help

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Mar 04, 2021

    Hi Katie, so sorry to hear your hands and giving you trouble and good on you for pushing through and being so positive. You're an inspiration. Both Betsy and William have given great advice on how to how about drilling holes. Just in case you want to see it in action, here's a great video that will show you how - They also tell you more about what drill bit to use. Good luck and I can't wait to see your gnomes.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 04, 2021

    Hello, Why do you need to drill acrylic?

    Put a piece of acrylic inside of a picture frame and stick in place with glue or double sided tape. Make a 4 sided box with a base and hinge it to the frame or stick it to the frame once you have enclosed your item to be displayed.

    • Katie Katie on Mar 07, 2021

      thanks for the info but i'm going to make what they call a floating frame.

  • You could try a bit in a rotary tool — it’s mostly about speed (high) and not forcing it, letting the bit do the work for you.

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Mar 06, 2021

    Use a rotary tool

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