How to Make a Baby Shadow Box


A shadowbox is a glass-front framed box that is similar to a picture frame. Shadowboxes have deeper dimensions that are perfect for showing off your baby's precious keepsakes such as hospital birth wristbands, birth certificate, newborn pictures and outfits. Shadowboxes are perfect for displaying and protecting precious baby treasures by keeping the items safe from curious hands, dust and moisture. Baby shadow boxes are also an ideal way to display multi-dimensional pieces from special events and milestones during the first year of life, such as favorite outfits, toys, pictures, events and first shoes that do not fit into scrapbooks or frames.

Things You'll Need

  • Shadowbox
  • Baby keepsakes and photos
  • Decorative elements
  • Velcro (glue or push-pins may also be used)
  • Decide which baby keepsakes to include in your shadowbox. Focus on one special event or a particular moment in your baby's life such as birth, first outing, first steps or first birthday. A collage of moments can also be used such as moments throughout your baby's first year of life.

  • Choose a background lining. Many shadowboxes contain felt-like linings and are ready to use as-is. You may also add your own desired fabric or use decorative paper to line the shadow box. Consider using a color-scheme that compliments the pieces you will be using for the shadowbox, such as shades of pink for baby girls, shades of blue for baby boys and neutral colors for both genders such as yellow or green.

  • According to Exposures Online, you should experiment with the arrangement of your selected baby keepsakes in various ways before permanently securing items in the shadowbox. Try creating a three-dimensional effect by layering items on each. Items may also be placed on fabric-covered foam to create visual depth.

  • Attach baby keepsakes to the shadowbox lining using Velcro buttons for best results. Velcro buttons allow you to change the layout later and are safer for delicate items than pushpins or glue. If you do not intend to re-arrange or re-use objects in the shadowbox, glue may be the easiest option that you already have within your craft supplies.

  • Add finishing touches to your baby shadowbox by using additional embellishments. Eye-catching decorations that may add character to your shadowbox include beads, ribbon, pre-cut shapes and figures or fabric and paper pieces.

  • Consider creating shadowboxes for each significant event in the first year of your baby's life. Special events may include a first smile, sitting up, grasping objects, pulling himself up, eating on his own, first steps, dancing and any other exciting or humorous moment. Holidays such as a first birthday, Christmas or Easter may also be a significant event perfect for portraying in a shadowbox.

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