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how to: make a bubble wreath

In our latest catalog, our creative stylists used clear glass bubble balls to create modern wall art in the form of a wreath. While ours was made to appear permanently installed in the room, these instructions allow for temporary or Holiday decorating.

1. space on a wall that can be nailed, or a flat MDF board sized appropriately
2. pencil and string
3. 3” nails and a hammer
4. bubble balls—a mixture of 4” and 6” sizes
5. optional for the MDF: paint as desired and hanging hardware
hint: always contact your local hardware store for advice on which hanging hardware is appropriate for your wall art and walls.

1. Measure to find the center of the wall area—or MDF board—intended to display the wreath. Connect that point to a pencil and draw a perfect circle.

2. Roughly following the circle, positioning nails slightly inside and outside the circle, hammer in nails at least 1/2”.

3. Check position by temporarily placing a few bubble balls on the nails for a visual.

4. Complete nailing and place bubble balls as desired—starting with large ones first and fill in with smaller ones.
hint hint: if installing temporarily, hang the board once all nails are secured—without the bubble balls for safety reasons—then add the bubble balls.

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Reader Comments (22)

That's a good idea to nail to a board... I wasn't so sure about putting a bunch of holes in the wall.

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbettjio @ PagingSupermom

I think a great deal of the expense of the bubble balls can be reduced by using clear glass Christmas ornaments.

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

To make the Bubble Wreath do you hang the bubble balls ON the nails (puncture the balls) or between the nails?

October 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Are the balls placed ON THE NAIL or between the nails?

October 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Each glass ball has a small hole, from the glass blower's rod, which can be used to hang them on a nail. Hope this helps Pat!

November 1, 2010 | Registered Commentersandra

Clever. If I can find time w/ 2 babies to do this....I totally will.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRae

I really think that small white/colored lights thru out would be cool

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpwaring

I would love to be able to buy a beautiful bubble wreath already strung together and ready to go! Who has the time to make something like this during the busy holiday season??? Perhaps instead of nails, some kind of "invisible" wire or fishing line along with clear glue could hold all of the balls together in a permanent shape. This would allow it to be used year after year.

November 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

It's a great idea, and I think it is awesome of CB2 to share these tips on "how to". Not too many stores if any do this. Great inspiration for decorating the house for the holidays, the string of lights is a really good idea.
Happy holidays!

December 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermammalynn

Love the look esp. for the beach, but method does not seem good. Adding lights would be nice and it would be good if this didn't have to depend on nails and a board. I don't know where to get the clear balls but will be looking and trying this. THanks!!!!!!

December 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

so sorry, I am an idiot--YOU sell the bubble balls :) Bravo.

December 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

any details on the nails? Do they have large heads, or almost no head or ....? Thanks. I am excited.

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

A friend of mine did this and painted the nails the same color as the board. It looks fabulous! She's leaving it up all year. She went to a craft store and got 3 different sizes of balls.

December 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commentera friend

Can anyone explain the bubble ball light fixture as seen in the store?

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermaureen

I have a 24" X 50" piece of MDF I'm preparing (sanding, priming, painting) and have ordered the bubble balls. Please tell me the diameter of the circle used to create this wreath. I'm going to try to recreate this wreath in the middle of my board but may need to make it smaller/larger depending on the sizing.

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

If I had to guess, I would say the diameter is about 36". In the picture, the radius looks to be less than shoulder width apart.

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterQuinn

Who has time to do this? I did this at my house. Took all of about 15 minutes to assemble. And it can easily be used year after year without being permanently strung together as a wreath. As a temporary installation, it can easily be taken apart and stored much more safely and compactly than a permanent structure. Just do it!

November 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThera

has anyone found one of these already pre made?

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterj

All the bubble balls have a hole in them from the glassblower's rod. That's how you attach them to the nails. You don't have to puncture them or anything, they just hang off the nails.

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

I am going to make this on my bathroom wall near the bathtub. This is such a cute wreath idea!

July 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Katie, that is a real cute idea, to hang in the bathroom around your tub (bubble bath). I am going to try this once the Christmas ornaments start coming out in the stores, which should probably be before Halloween; at least that's how it works in Florida. My only thing that I'm not feeling good about is the board part of it. Seems like that would take away from the prettiness of it.. Suggestions? Of course, I don't want all those nail holes in my walls either.

September 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTonya

You can cut the board into a circle slightly bigger than the diameter of the circle wreath you are making and paint it the color of the wall or SPARKLY / METALLIC paint for shine behind the bubbles...also stringing mini firefly sized Christmas lights between would look amazing. That's what I'm doing this year!

November 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

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