DIY: Baby Shadow Box

One thing I knew I had to do, the minute I found out I was pregnant, was a baby shadow box.

What’s a baby shadow box? you may ask. A shadow box is a display of a collection of objects. Therefore, a baby shadow box is a display of baby objects. Typically baby shadow box displays are composed of newborn stuff your baby wore, such as their going home outfit.

Anywho… almost a year has gone by, but I finally rolled up my sleeves and go to it! It is so simple, it’s a great DIY if you’re looking to dip your toes into crafting (because motherhood does that).

Here’s a quick rundown of how to make your very own baby shadow box!

Because it does take some brainstorming on how you want to arrange your display, I recommend having a few extra items for maximizing your options.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Going home onesie & mittens
  • Hat & Congratulatory card given by hospital
  • Positive pregnancy test
  • Hospital bassinet label
  • Mommy & Baby hospital bracelets
  • Baby Slippers
  • 11×14 shadow box (or bigger)
  • Hospital Pictures (I recommend 1-4 to make choosing easier)
  • Copy of footprints
  • Pins
  • Double sided tape

*Shadow box secret: I got it on sale at Michaels!

First, I decided how I wanted to lay out the going home onesie and hat and worked everything else around that. Feel free to rearrange everything as many times as you want until you are satisfied!

I ended up using one picture only and did away with the slippers. I found that the slippers were taking up too much space and made the display look cluttered. I’m sure if I had gotten a bigger frame, I would have fitted much more, but I am very pleased with the simple 11×14.

It took me 6 tries until I decided to pin and tape everything down. The pins I used to set the cloth parts of the display such as the onesie, hat, and mittens. Everything else was taped and I couldn’t be happier with the result!

What is, or will be in your shadow box?

Karla
KarlaWife and mother to a baby boy and 2 kitties! Enjoys life and adventures. Loves writing, Pinteresting, and pumpkin spice everything!
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