My mother made shadow boxes for all of her babies (all 5 of them!) and I still have mine to this day. I love looking at my little bonnet, my baby shoes, my silver spoon etc. It makes me very happy that my Mom saved those things from my childhood in a little keepsake glass shadow box that keeps everything protected. I think my Dad actually made my childhood shadow box and my Mom designed everything inside.
In hopes to replicate my Mom's handiwork, I made this shadow box for my daughter.
I've made shadow boxes for my boys too, but wanted to show you this one to show you how easy it is. I started with this lovely navy, pink, and green fabric. You can buy a little quarter of cute fabric from any fabric store.
The shadow box was purchased with a 50% off coupon from Michaels. To start you'll iron your backing fabric. I used spray adhesive on the fabric and placed it directly over the back of the frame that pops out from the back. Once the backing fabric is attached, it's up to you to decide what to put in your shadow box. I used my daughter's first bonnet, first shoes, her birth announcement, hospital bracelet and her first piece of jewelry.
For the display of her bracelet, I made this little pillow with a piece of fabric stuffed with polyfill. I tied a cute ribbon around it like a present and made sure the bracelet was looped through the ribbon.
To attach everything inside of the shadow box I used straight pins. Shadow boxes also come with a piece of velcro, if you plan to use the original backing of the frame. Here's her finished shadow box! I just love how her birth announcement has the same colors as the backing fabric. A very happy accident.
Do you have fun ways to showcase your children's momentos? I'm so sentimental when it comes to these precious things and I even look back now and think, "were my baby girl's feet really that small?" Makes me very emotional to see them grow up so fast.