- Thick frames that stand alone
FOR FRAMES WITH GLASS:
- Chemical glass etching bottle
- Paint brushes that you are willing to throw away
FOR FRAMES WITH ACRYLIC:
- Spray paint in “frosted glass”
OTHER MATERIALS NEEDED:
- Needle-nose pliers
- Stickers that are the outline of shape or letter
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton swabs
- Paper towel or rag
- Rubber or plastic gloves
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Ribbon for décor
Whether you have a frame that has a clear acrylic front or glass front all the steps are the same except how you get the “frosted glass” look.
1. Decide what you want your frame to say. We are going to be focusing on the “negative” space, rather than the “positive”. That’s why we are using stickers instead of stencils.
2. Remove the glass/acrylic from the frame. You will not need the back of the frame, so you can discard that.
3. With needle-nose pliers, remove any tabs that were used to hold the glass and backing in place.
4. Make sure your surface is clean on both sides.
5. Take off the backing of the stickers and put them in place. Remember, we are going to be pulling these off so you want to make sure that they will come off easily and not leave residue.
PRO TIP: If the stickers are too tacky put them on the back of your hand and peel them off a few times so they become less tacky.
6. Determine if you have glass in your frame or acrylic and follow the directions below.
DIRECTIONS FOR GLASS:
• Follow the directions on your chemical etching directions since each manufacturer is a little different. We used armour etch cream.
• Using a paint brush, cover the glass with the cream. Use a layer that is thick enough that you cannot see the glass anymore.
• Keep the cream on for 60 seconds only. If you’re doing a large surface area, the first part will be done earlier. Make sure the last part stays on for a full 60 seconds.
• Rinse with water
DIRECTIONS FOR ACRYLIC
• Go to a well-ventilated area and spray the frosted glass spray paint over the entire surface.
• Let dry according to manufacturer’s directions, usually about 15 minutes.
• Remove the stickers. If there is any residue, use a cotton swab dipped in alcohol to clean it up.
• Next make sure that the glass/acrylic stays in place. Add hot glue to the four corners of the inside of your frame and drop in the frosted piece, press it down to attach securely.
• If desired add ribbon using hot glue.
• Display and enjoy!