Looking for a unique idea for bathroom wall décor? Well, this was me over a year ago. I wanted to fill my boys’ bathroom walls with some décor but I wanted something different. Then I thought, it’s a bathroom, right? Well, how about something with a bathroom theme?
Then I remember the many, many photos my parents took of me as an infant bathing. I can’t really say anything about that since I think I have four times as many of my baby boys. In many of their pictures, they were covered in bubbles so I thought why not take those photos and put them in circular frames of different sizes mimicking bubbles.
Now, the only problem was that I could not find any circular frames AND I really didn’t want to use photos in a room that had its fair share of humidity day after day. I’m thinking that can’t be good for the pictures. So I decided I needed to get crafty and figure a way to do this. DING! I got it. Embroidery hoops! The best part is that they come in different sizes too.
The photos were an easy fix. I simply scanned them into my computer and printed them out on copier paper. Below is the step by step process I used for creating these bubble frames for the boys’ bathroom.Click here to get the word out on bubble frames for bathroom décor.Click To Tweet
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What you will need for creating your bubble frames:
- wooden embroidery hoops of varying sizes
- paint (color of your choice)…note: I spray painted mine and do not recommend it. It took a while for the frames to dry and after a few days they were still tacky. I suggest paint you find in craft stores.
- pictures for each frame
- scissors and Xacto knife
- Elmer’s multipurpose glue
- Scotch mounting squares or dots
You will only use the inner ring of the embroidery hoops for your bubble frames. Save your outer ring for other craft projects. Lay the rings onto some newspaper and paint them, making sure to coat the outer, top, and inside part of the rings. Allow some time to dry.
Preparing Your Photos:
While the rings are drying, work on your photos. You don’t want to use actual photos in the bathroom where it is can ruin easily from the constant moisture. I suggest printing them out onto copier paper. (After scanning the photos I decided to go vintage and turned them into black & whites). You may also want to use an edit tool to crop or retouch any photos that may be just a bit ‘revealing’.
After printing them out, you will want to recheck the size of each photo by placing the rings on top of each photo. If all looks good, simply laminate each photo copy. This will protect them from moisture exposure. If you have trouble fitting the subject into the frame properly, resize them again on your computer, then reprint.
Putting it together:
Lay the embroidery hoop on each photo and with a pencil, mark the photos by tracing around the outside of the rings. Cut each photo on the lines.
Next, carefully dab glue on the backside of each frame and place the ring on its assigned photo. Allow these dry thoroughly.
When they are dry, carefully use an Xacto knife to trim any edges of the photos that show on the outside of the rings.
Place a few Scotch mounting squares or dots on the backside of each photo then gently place the on the wall pressing down on the photo part.
To give a ‘bubble’ effect, place the rest of the photo/bubble frames randomly. And then your done.
This was a really fun project and nostalgic too. I love seeing my babies when they were younger. I hope you like this idea and work it into your bathroom décor. Let me know what you think in the comments below. And don’t forget to sign up to my freebie alert newsletter for future crafty ideas and free printables.