Instant Art: 3 Easy Ideas for Floating Glass Frames

published Feb 26, 2017
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Floating frames are having a moment. There’s something so eye-catching about seeing a photograph, feather or message suspended in midair—and the fact that it’s one of the simplest framing techniques (no matting necessary) makes it even more popular. If you want to add more art to your home, but don’t have time for yet another project to procrastinate on completing, turn to these three ideas that take less than 5 minutes to make. But don’t stop there, with these floating wonders, the sky’s the limit.

1. Pretty Plumes: Place each feather inside the frame before latching the top. If the feathers fall to the bottom of the frame, use just a small drop of clear-drying glue to hold each one in place.

2. Wing It!: Print out a reverse mirror-image of your message (or draw it freehand if you want to show off your hand-lettering skills). Open the frame and place the glass back over the printed message, then trace each letter onto the glass with a paint marker, using the printed message as a guide.

3. Temporary Tattoo: If you’re printing your own tattoos (I printed mine on Silhouette temporary tattoo paper), be sure to print a reverse mirror-image of your design. Peel off the protective film on the tattoo, then place the design printed-side-down on the glass. Using a wet paper towel, press down on the tattoo for about 30 seconds before slowly peeling off the paper backing.

Where to Buy Floating Glass Frames:

(Image credit: CB2)

CB2 Brass Floating Picture Frames, $30-40. The combination of a brass frame and leather hanging strap feels simple yet sophisticated.

(Image credit: Anthropologie)

Anthropologie Pressed Glass Floating Frames, from $18. If you don’t want to put holes in the wall to hang a suspended frame, opt for one with a stand that can sit on top of a dresser or nightstand.

(Image credit: Bed, Bath & Beyond)

Bed, Bath & Beyond Brass Picture Frame, $21. The cord on this brass frame adds a subtle rustic touch.