You won’t believe how easy it is to make the perfect customized newborn shadow box. Learn how to make a personalized baby shadow box with a few basic supplies and keepsakes!
I have seen some pretty creative newborn shadow box ideas lately, and knew this was something I wanted to do with our twins. There is a little corner in the hallway outside their bedroom; I felt like this would be a perfect place to display some newborn mementos.
Enter my decision to make two newborn shadow boxes with all of our keepsakes from the hospital.
Here’s what I kept:
- hospital hat and kimono top (the ones given to us by the hospital)
- the footprints from their “souvenir birth certificates”
- ankle bracelet identification tags – I used two in Miss. B’s shadow box, since the back of hers had a stamp that reads “twin #2”
- the identification card from the hospital bassinet
- the socks the babies wore home from the hospital (so small!)
- a photo from the night they were born – I edited the pictures and reduced the color saturation level by about 50%
I bought two shadow boxes from Michaels during a BOGO sale as well as pink & blue scrapbook paper and two little wooden letters – R and B. I painted the letters pink and blue to match the paper I would be mounting some of my keepsakes on.
First, I arranged everything on the back board – walking away and coming back with fresh eyes to make sure I liked the positioning of all my items. I decided to do a mirror image of my first arrangement in the second shadow box. This way the boxes are not too similar.
I displayed my two newborn shadow boxes outside the nursery. This was for several reasons. One: I’m not a big fan of hanging newborn pictures in the nursery itself. I think the nursery should be a room for the babies to grow in, explore, and enjoy. Two: I wanted to keep the shadow boxes close to the nursery as a reminder of how much they have grown and changed. Three: The corner just outside the nursery was pretty empty looking.
My sister gave us a collage frame filled with newborn and baptism pictures, which I decided to hang on the opposite wall from the shadow boxes. I love this project, and constantly find myself looking over at the keepsakes and telling myself I can’t believe just how tiny they were, and how blessed we are to have two happy and healthy babies in our lives.
UPDATE: Here are the shadow boxes in our new home. This is still one of my favorite DIY projects!
Well done and very touching…………………
Those turned out great! Nice location and Loree’s collage looks great with them.
Jennifer Bordelon says
I am currently searching for tips to make a shadow box for my 7 month old baby boy that died of SIDS in 2009. I am open to any ideas because this is something that is extremely special to me. Thank you in advance!
My daughter has made up a shadow box of her deceased baby, but when hung up the door will not stay closed ? I will say there is a small teddy bear, with his nose pressing up to glass. Is there a way of securing the door? We have looked at Hobby Lobby for a decorative hook/eye latch,no luck Do you think Velcro could work ? Would so enjoy hearing from you. Thanks, Nana
How do you attach clothes items to the back of the shadow box?
I just used photo quality double-sided tape.