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Polycarbonate (plastic) menu or picture holder

Updated: Nov 5, 2020

Are you looking for a stylish, contemporary way to present your restaurant menu, or a picture frame for your home?
Floating clear polycarbonate wall frame
Polycarbonate Frame

Why not make a DIY acrylic menu holder using acrylic sheets and spacers so that your menu looks as if it’s floating on the wall. This playful effect is sure to be a real talking point and even better, a plastic menu holder is very cheap and easy to make yourself.

You’ll need

Masking tape

Wooden board

Menu or Picture

Stainless steel spacers (4 pieces)

Drilling machine

Plastic, Polycarbonate glue

Step 1: Order a polycarbonate sheets for your wall-mounted menu, picture holder.

First, decide how many menu holders you want to make and order the correct number of polycarbonate sheets in our webstore. We cut all the sheets to the size you require for free. For this DIY project, you would need clear polycarbonate with a thickness of 6.4 mm. The measurements will naturally depend on the size of your menu or picture. Allow for a border of 1/4 times the height of the menu, poster or picture.

Step 2: Marking the position of the drill holes.

To make sure that you drill in exactly the right place, first mark the drill holes. First, stick on a piece of masking tape: this will stop the drill from slipping. The protective film should be left in place on the polycarbonate sheet to prevent it from being damaged. Mark the drill holes at a distance of 1/2in from the edge to prevent the acrylic breaking in the future.

Step 3: Drill holes in the acrylic sheet.

Place the polycarbonate on a solid surface into which the drill can run, such as a piece of wood. If you’re using the spacers from your local hardware store, then the hole must be same as size as the spacer you purchased. Drill the hole in two steps: drill a small hole first as a guide and then re drill it the size of a hole you need for the spacers.

Step 4: Drill holes in the wall.

Of course, you also have to drill holes in the wall. Calculate where to drill the holes based on the measurements of the polycarbonate sheet and the position of the holes you’ve drilled in it. Drill four wide holes in the wall. Insert the plugs and screw in the bottom of the spacers.

Step 5: Gluing the menu, poster or picture.

Attach the menu card, poster or picture to the polycarbonate by gluing the printed side onto the sheet. Stick glue dots on the corners and edges of your menu.

Step 6: Attaching the plastic menu holder, poster or picture.

Now you’re ready to attach the menu, poster or picture holder to the wall. Place the polycarbonate against the wall holders and loosely turn the spacer heads against the sheet. You can now remove the film protecting the front of the frame and carefully tighten the spacers.

Floating picture frame

Order polycarbonate sheet cut to size

Inspired to make a DIY floating menu, poster or a picture holder from polycarbonate sheet? We’ll cut any sheet to size for you for free.

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