You saved your baby’s ID bracelet from the hospital, his first pair of teeny tiny socks, a favorite one-piece, his birth announcement and other trinkets. In a box. In the back of your closet. Where no one can cherish the sweet memories they hold. It’s time to get crafty and create a baby shadow box that’ll put those precious keepsakes on display. Don’t worry, it’s a cinch to DIY!


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Step 1: Gather Your Memories

What you display in your shadow box is up to you. Here are a few ideas – a sonogram, Baby’s first photo, the hospital ID bracelet, a baby hat or headband, first socks or booties, Baby’s coming home outfit, a favorite footie PJ, your baby’s first pacifier, the birth announcement, tiny footprints, crib shoes, a photo of a favorite lovie or a piece of a beloved swaddling blanket.


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Step 2: Buy the Supplies

Head to your favorite craft store to pick up what you’ll need to complete your memory art. First, you’ll need the shadow box. We like the Studio Decor 4-Way Adjustable Shadow Box because it’s specially designed to be flexible in its depth so it can accommodate bigger items like crib shoes or lovies. It’s also sized well for this project at 12 inches square. Looking for something more ornate? Try the 10-inch square Studio Decor Scalloped Shadow Box.

You may also want to include a small wooden letter for your baby’s initial or use felt letter stickers to spell out her name. To add color, you could pick a piece of scrapbooking paper for your background.

And finally, you’ll need something to hold your keepsakes in place inside the shadow box. A few pretty pearlized pins should do the trick without covering your sweet baby goodies in glue.

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Step 3: Put It Together

Once you have everything in front of you it’s time to create your memory shadow box. Start by lining your shadow box with a piece of colored or patterned scrapbook paper. Or alternately you could cut a piece of swaddling blanket or receiving blanket to fit.

Next start pinning your keepsakes on to the board, collage style, including any initials or letters you purchased.

Once you’re done, hang it on your baby’s wall or somewhere in the house where you’ll get to treasure those first memories of your newborn.

What special keepsakes will you put in a baby memory shadow box? Tell us in a Comment.

–Julie Seguss