Floating Frame Tutorial

posted on January 4, 2010 by  |  posted under Crafting, Decorating  |  44 Comments
Floating Frame Tutorial
This Family Floating Frame is beautiful to display,
unique, and easy to make!

What you’ll need:
*1 – 18×24 frame of choice with glass included (I found mine at
Michaels,…don’t forget your coupons)

*1- 18×24 additional piece of cut glass (call your local glass or
plexi-glass shop for a custom cut. My piece cost me about $10)

*1- 8×10 Family Picture
*1- 8×10 Document of choice (Family Motto, Proclamation to Family,
Another picture?)

*2- 8×10 Pieces of Vellum paper
*Ink Distress Pad
*Vinyl Lettering of choice
*Ribbon of choice
*Hot Glue Gun

Unpackage your 18×24 frame…


Place your custom cut 18×24 piece of glass (or plexi glass) on the
table. This is what you will be taping everything to.


Cut down your family picture and your document so it is slightly smaller
than the 8×10 vellum paper, leaving a nice border.


Ink Distress the edges on both sheets of vellum, the family picture, and
the document. IMG_4380

Use two-sided sticky tape and place the picture, document, and ribbon on
custom cut 18×24 glass sheet. IMG_4400


Flip your finished glass sheet over and place it in your 18×24 frame
(with original glass included).IMG_4411

Both glass sheets will lay on top of each other in the frame like this.
Use a hot glue gun in the four corners to hold the glass in the frame.
Throw out the cardboard back that usually holds glass in place. Let

IMG_4412Flip the frame over so you are looking at it correctly. Add Custom Vinyl
to the original glass in the frame. (HowDoesShe uses MyTalkingWalls. You can usually
find someone locally as well).IMG_4417



Display for all to see and be proud you made it!IMG_4428

Easy as pie!

Floating Frame Tutorial

If you make it, let us know! We’d love to see pictures! {Do you have any other ideas for the document area?}
Other Fun frame ideas:
4 Dollar store frames Please Remove Your Shoes
    1. January 4th, 2010 at 1:10 am
      Steffany says:
      absolutely beautiful, this is my favorite way EVER to display the proclamation
    2. January 4th, 2010 at 1:36 am
      Ava says:
      Wow! You guys are amazing! This looks incredible! Looks like I will need to get some friends together for a 'How She Does' Craft Night!
    3. January 4th, 2010 at 2:38 pm
      Allison says:
      LOVE IT! I am glad you posted this because I some how missed it on U Create. Looks like I have one more project to add to my list of things to make! Thanks for sharing!
    4. January 4th, 2010 at 3:30 pm
      Julie says:
      Just what I needed to see! I've been trying to figure out some way to put our wedding picture on display with our invitation and I think I've found it! Thanks for the inspiration!
    5. January 6th, 2010 at 11:04 am
      Sherry says:
      That is really pretty. Very creative look.
    6. January 6th, 2010 at 3:32 pm
      Crystal says:
      I love this idea. Its so pretty.
    7. January 7th, 2010 at 11:15 am
      Chris says:
      Oh - Love this Idea!
      will def.. be putting this on my to do list!
      Thanks for the tutorial!
    8. January 7th, 2010 at 2:41 pm
      Kim @ Cheap Chic Home says:
      Very pretty, I like the 3D effect.
    9. January 8th, 2010 at 8:35 am
      Sarai says:
      Just found your site after reading the post on Sisters Stuff! I have one of these in our home and get so many compliments on it! Here's a tip: you can save the trouble of getting the extra piece of glass cut by buying frames with 2 pieces of glass. I've found them at Target and sometimes at Wal-Mart and they usually cost around $15 bucks. Thanks for sharing!
    10. January 16th, 2010 at 9:06 pm
      Hani says:
      aaaaa!! that's incredibly creative!♥ I've always wanted a frame (or frames) like that in our living room. omg. I think I'm gonna start taking the picture frames off the wall now. lol.

      will do leave you my blog URL if I already made something. btw (remember me?) still in search for the vinyl... and not giving up:D
    11. January 17th, 2010 at 3:13 pm
      Stephanie says:
      I am featuring this idea on my site this Tuesday! Thanks for the great tutorial!
    12. January 21st, 2010 at 3:30 pm
      Abby says:
      I love your idea. Does gluing the glass in the frame makes it hard to switch out a family picture as you need to update it? Thanks for sharing.
      • January 21st, 2010 at 4:04 pm
        Shelley says:
        It's fairly easy. Just gently pull off the glue. Make sure you don't use too much up front! :) Thanks for asking!
        • May 25th, 2014 at 7:23 am
          Laura says:
          May want to use Museum putty or 3m removable mounting and repositioning. for the temporary parts. Great project
    13. January 21st, 2010 at 8:47 pm
      Ashley Garrett says:
      An idea for the document.. A favorite bible verse that you love or a quote. I think thats what I'm going to use.

      Thanks for the tutorial
    14. January 22nd, 2010 at 10:40 pm
      cindy says:
      Totally beautiful and great tute! Would love to try this with my wedding announcement (from back in '86).

      Glad you could Mi4M :)
    15. January 23rd, 2010 at 11:58 pm
      Hani says:
      I've done one!:) but I didn't use another glass for the backside. I used a thick plastic instead. I would love it if you have a look and give some comments on it.

      Thank You!:D
    16. February 4th, 2010 at 2:36 pm
      Michelle says:
      I'm sooo not crafty, but I LOVE this. I'm definatly going to try this! But how do you hang this? Or is it better if you just lean it against the wall?
      • February 4th, 2010 at 3:29 pm
        Alison says:
        Either way will look great! The frame was prebuild and it already had holes in it to hang it.
        • February 4th, 2010 at 7:14 pm
          Shelley says:
          They are on their way over to your house Missy. ;)
    17. February 26th, 2010 at 10:38 am
      CindyH says:
      Can I just say, I can't get enough of your craftiness today? I am overwhelmed with your creativity! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!
    18. March 1st, 2010 at 4:32 pm
      Crystal Applegate says:
      I am in LOVE with this idea! I am going to have to try it soon!
    19. March 10th, 2010 at 3:16 am
      Jacquilyn Avery says:
      We made it! I host Crafty Crafty Ladies Night the first Saturday of each month and for March we followed your tutorial!! Check out my blog for pics!!
      • August 10th, 2010 at 10:20 am
        Misty says:
        I would love to look at the floating frames you made for more inspiration in making my own, but it says I have to be invited to view your blog.
        If you get this msg, Im [email protected] I have a google account.
        • August 10th, 2010 at 10:29 am
          Shelley says:
          You shouldn't have to be invited. Weird. Try again maybe? Let me know if you still have problems.
    20. June 8th, 2010 at 8:26 am
      June says:
      This is such a great idea for gifts! Thanks for the ideas you share with us!
    21. June 10th, 2010 at 5:42 pm
      Cathy says:
      Yes, So I'm super behind on times... but I just love this! Will you just make one for me because I am a fellow blogger that has NO time!? :) I'll pay you! Better yet - just come give my house a decor makeover!!!
      .-= Cathy´s last blog ..Disney Store Discount =-.
    22. September 15th, 2010 at 9:47 pm
      CaLynn says:
      Hi! I am on the lookout for an 18x24 float frame and I cant seem to find one to buy. But here you are offering a tutorial! How splendid!! I have a question about it though - i would like to use the frame to highlight a small wall hanging type object. Would this method work for something as thick as a few layers of fabric, or is it limited to photo thickness only? Thanks so much:D
      • September 15th, 2010 at 9:57 pm
        Alison says:
        Ya it would work for fabric. This way is nice because the medium in the picture can be think and it will still work:)
        • September 17th, 2010 at 10:50 am
          CaLynn says:
          Awesome, thank you so much for the tutorial :D
    23. October 24th, 2010 at 9:04 pm
      Stephanie says:
      I love this! I am featuring it on crazydomestic.com on 10/26. Thanks for the inspiration!
    24. April 8th, 2011 at 10:10 am
      Kristi Narvaez says:
      I am currently making a floating picture frame as a gift- i have a problem though! i have no way of securing the glass in the frame. It is a 20x20 so it is fairly large...Although i am sure the hot glue gun works, is there another method that i can try? Any Ideas?... anyone at all?
    25. March 19th, 2012 at 5:01 pm
      Dawn says:
      I absolutely LOVE this~! I am going to make a couple for gifts and I was wondering what the wording was right underneath "Family Motto"......?? I'd like to print something similar and I'm not creative at all - so need your help!!!

      thanks for your great ideas!~
    26. April 29th, 2012 at 2:09 pm
      Dawn says:
      Shelley - I love this~ Can you tell me the size you used for the vinyl letters??? thanks!~
    27. December 23rd, 2014 at 1:40 am
      carl says:
      im making on for my daughters mother...well a variation of such.. i for some reason am bamboozled on teh ribbon. did you just tie a bow and flatten it? yes its 1:30 am...and i should be in bed but this is when im most creative :D
      • December 23rd, 2014 at 7:42 am
        Katie says:
        Yes that's all you have to do! Just stick it on like the rest of the ribbon and you're good! Good luck!
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