I picked up a bunch of Spider-Man comics at an antique mall a while back for my Dad’s Christmas present. I also snagged a vintage style Spider-Man poster off Amazon. My original plan to house these was to pick up some old picture frames from goodwill or some other thrift store. But I decided to go for a different look that makes much more of a statement. I decided to make the “frames.”
My Dad loved them!! I think he was a little shocked by them, but he absolutely loved them. I know he couldn’t wait to get them hung up in his media room. I’ll be sure to post a picture once he hangs them up.
For those of you who would like to see how I built them, continue reading. For those of you who just wanted to see them, there you have it. I hope you enjoyed it!!
First I bought all the materials from Lowes online and they had them ready for pick up in 20 mins! I bought:
- 5- 8ft x 2 inch x 1/4 inch wood slats
- 3- 24 x 36 inch metal sheets
- 3- 18 x 24 inch clear acrylic sheets
- 12 socket hd cap screws & 18 hex nuts & 12 6×3/8 screws
I also used some black acrylic paint, black and red spray paint, poster board, wood glue, staple gun, and hand saw that I already had.
I used poster board to create my spray paint template. First I drew the spiderweb with a marker and then used a utility knife to cut the web out, keeping all the pieces. I used the web itself as a template for placing each piece on the metal. I used painters tape to attach them. Covered large areas with magazine pages. I used black low voc spray paint. While that dried, I created the Spider-man mask template and painted it on the metal as well.
After painting the metal pieces I began measuring for the holes to be drilled into the metal and plexiglass. To do this I worked from the back of the metal so that I could write on it. The plexiglass has a protective film that I wrote on. I suggest keeping it on until you attach it with the bolts to the metal.
I measured the metal and plexiglass pieces in pairs and numbered them to match. I did this because even though I’m using the same measurements on each piece, most likely the metal and plexiglass have subtle inaccuracies. So numbering them to match ensures that they will fit together.
Because of the size pieces I bought, I already knew I wanted the plexiglass 6 inches from the top and bottom of the metal and 3 inches on each of the sides. Once I had the glass positioned to those measurements, I traced the corners of the plexiglass onto the metal for reference later.
After tracing the corners, I broke out my ruler and from the plexiglass corner measured 1 inch on either side. I made little tick marks on the metal to match the ones on the glass. Then lining up the side of my ruler to the side edge of the metal, to ensure a straight line, I drew a line across the glass slightly longer than an inch. I repeated this from the top edge, so that the two lines crossed. That is the point to drill your bolt hole. I drew a small circle around this point. Repeat this process for the other three plexiglass corners. Then remove the plexiglass and using the tick marks already there and the metal edge, continue using the ruler to draw the crossed lines and circle the intersections. (To test your measurements place the plexiglass back over the metal. Your circles will be visible through the plexiglass glass. Make sure all the circles line up.)
The plexiglass doesn’t need any prep work before drilling, but be careful not to go too fast or you make crack it.
The metal I used was very thin, and when drilling the hole, it will bend the edges of the hole down. So I didn’t want to drill from the back and have the holes cause space between the metal and plexiglass later. To avoid this, I took a nail and hammer and made a pin hole through my drill point from the back and wah-lah! I can drill from the front of the metal.
I made frames from wood to act as a base for my project. To do this so that the metal actually sits on top of the frame, I measured and cut the wood at a 45 degree angle so that the interior of the frames were to be 34.5 inches for the long side and 22.5 inches for the short sides. I don’t have any cool power tools so I used a hand saw and guide to cut my pieces.
After all the pieces were cut I painted them mostly black, sparing the area that will be covered by the metal. Once that dried, I glued the corners together with gorilla wood glue and let it set over night.
I used a staple gun to re-in force the corners after the glue dried.
I attached the metal to the frame making sure each metal corner lined up with the frame seams. I then used a hammer and nail to make 4 guide holes through each metal and frame for the screws. I pulled the nail out and screwed in the 6×3/8 screws
Next it was time to attach the plexiglass to the metal. I took the film off each side and put the bolts through each hole. I laid it down on the table with the bolt faces and front of the plexiglass towards the table. I positioned the poster/comics on the plexiglass, also face down, and then laid the metal over it face down with the bolts going through the holes. I then tightened nuts over the bolts to hold in place.
I then measured across the frames in order to cut a support for the frame. I made the pieces 1 inch longer on each side to over lap the back of the frame. The bolts will travel from the plexiglass all the way through this support across the top two bolts. I measured where the bolt holes should be by placing the piece across the frame right under the bolts. Then I drew a line from the bolt to the bottom of the board. With my ruler, I then measured to the middle of the line, creating a kind of t shape. That intersection is the drill point. After I drilled them, I slipped two nuts over the bolts to secure in place.