Looking for a unique idea for bathroom wall décor? For my kids’ bathroom, I wanted to hang some bathroom pictures. You know, the ones every parent takes of their kid in a bath.
But I wanted to hang the photos in circular frames of different sizes so that they look like bubbles. I looked everywhere for those kinds of frames and came up empty. So, I got crafty and came up with this bubble frames DIY project.
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Materials for Bubble Frames DIY
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 Photos for Bubble Frames
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 editing tool to crop or retouch any photos that may be just a bit ‘revealing’.
After printing them out, recheck the size of each photo by placing the rings on top of each photo. If all looks good, simply laminate each photocopy. 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 Bubbles Frames 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 to dry thoroughly.
When they are dry, carefully use a 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 them 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 you’re done.
This was a really fun project and nostalgic too. I love seeing my babies when they were younger.
Update: It has been a couple of years and these frames are still hanging in my sons’ bathroom. I wasn’t sure how strong those mounting squares were but they certainly work. Click here to read our post on organizing kids’ bathrooms to see them in action.
I hope you like this DIY. These are great for the bathroom but can also work in a nursery and even in a classroom. Let me know how your project comes out by leaving a comment below.
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