There is no denying that acrylic is one of the most versatile and user-friendly materials on the market. Although it is half the weight of glass, acrylic offers up to 17 times the impact resistance of ordinary glass. While acrylic can crack and fracture, it is shatterproof and impact resistant. It is also as transparent as glass and comes in a variety of color options, including black, white, red, blue, yellow, green, and more.
All of this makes acrylic sheets the perfect material for an array of crafts. From home décor and jewelry to lighting and accessories, you can find an acrylic sheet art idea to fit your needs and bring out your inner artist.
You don’t need to spend a pretty penny on tools for acrylic sheet craft ideas. While the recommended way to cut acrylic is with a high-quality table saw, the easiest way is with a scoring tool. Remember that you can only use the latter tool on acrylic sheets 1/4 of an inch thick or thinner.
In addition, you can utilize a plexiglass knife, razor, Dremel grinder, oscillating tool, and jig saw to cut any shape you need to make your acrylic sheet art ideas come to life.
Bring out your inner Picasso with some acrylic sheet art ideas. You can easily produce one-of-a-kind artwork on frosted acrylic plastic panels, which has a light matte finish so that the paint sticks to the surface. Use an acrylic-based primer to prep the surface and then create your vision with acrylic-based paint or ink.
Floating Photo Frame
Create a floating photo frame that will add that wow factor to your home, courtesy of Useful DIY Projects.
• Acrylic sheets
1. Cut the acrylic sheet a few inches bigger than the picture you’ll be displaying.
2. Drill holes on the edges of the frame to mount it on the wall.
3. Attach the picture to the frame with glue dots.
4. Feed the bolts through the drilled holes and screw the bolts into the wall.
Keep track of your personal and professional schedule in style with this project from A Beautiful Mess.
• 36″ x 30″ acrylic sheet
• 2-3/4″ brass-plated connecting bolt (4 pack)
• (4) 1/2″ washers
• (4) 1/2″ copper couplings
• gold spray paint
• black vinyl
• transfer paper and vinyl cutter (optional)
• drill and drill bits (1/4″ drill bit, 1/8″ drill bit, hex-drive bit)
1. Spray paint your mounting hardware and allow it to dry.
2. Using a drill bit, set your drill in reverse (it will prevent cracking) and place a piece of wood behind the acrylic for support. Drill holes in your acrylic sheet about one inch from the sides.
3. Cut and apply the vinyl calendar.
4. Using a drill bit slightly smaller than your bolt, pre-drill a hole in the wall.
5. Feed your bolt through the hole that you drilled into the acrylic sheet, then thread the coupling and washer on the bolt.
6. Using a hex-drive bit, slowly screw your bolt into the wall. Repeat on the other corners.
Yes, you can make fashionable jewelry with acrylic sheets, like these simple earrings from Fit Mommy in Heels.
• Acrylic shapes
• Earring hooks and jump rings
• Jewelry pliers
• X-Acto knife
• Colored vinyl
• Gloss Mod Podge
1. Put your colored vinyl sheet on the table upside down.
2. Place acrylic pieces on top of the sheet and trace the shape with a pencil.
3. Use X-Acto knife to cut out the vinyl shape.
4. Place the colored part of the vinyl shape on the back of the acrylic shape.
5. Brush a layer of Mod Podge over it. Be sure to get a light coat around the edge of the earrings to keep them secure. Let it dry for 10 minutes.
6. Lightly sand the edges of the earring until smooth.
7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 two more times.
8. Once your earrings are completely dry, slide the jump rings into the precut hole and use pliers to close them.
9. Then, use jewelry pliers to attach the earring hooks to the jump rings.
Create a unique home for your underwater pets with this aquarium project from UV Plastic.
Supplies will depend on the size of your tank. For reference:
• ¼ inch sheet for 1-12 inches aquariums.
• ⅜ Inch sheet for 12-18 inches aquariums.
• ½ inch sheet for 18-24 inches aquariums.
• ¾ inch sheet for 24-30 inches aquariums.
1. Once you have cut the correct size acrylic sheet for your aquarium, you’ll need to make sure the edges aren’t too polished or uneven. Rough edges are better for gluing but will still need to stand evenly on surface.
2. Use silicone to glue the sheets together with a glue gun.
3. Glue all sides and let it dry for 24 hours.