This baby keepsake shadowbox would make a great gift for a parent or grandparent, but also for an older sibling with a new baby brother or sister. Spending time with the older child, sorting through the items you saved from when they were tiny and making a special keepsake box just for them (and talking about what to save in order to make a box sometime in the future for their younger sibling) might help them to adjust to the new arrival and minimise any potential sibling rivalry…
To make a baby keepsake shadow box, you will need:
– a large shadow box
– a newborn babygro (don’t tell me you haven’t saved at least one!)
– a cute baby photo or ultrasound picture
– a new baby card (you’ve saved those too, right?!)
– one or two other personal keepsake items
COST: a tenner or more
AGE: older kids/adults
TIME: 20-30 minutes
How-to make a baby keepsake shadow box:
- Gather all your bits together. Iron the babygro and fold it neatly (unless your shadow box is HUGE, or your newborn was tiny!)
- Open your shadow box and place the photo(s)/scan picture and card(s) in first, face down on the glass, so that they will be completely visible.
- Add the folded babygro and any other items that you wish to include (I put a champagne cork with a coin in that we had saved from celebrating Pickle’s birth and a commemorative coin from the Queen’s diamond jubilee, which was the year that Chops was born)
- Add your shadow box backing card or paper (I kept this very plain, so as not to distract from the items in the box)
- Close your shadow box and admire your work!
I thought this project would take me ages, but I managed to complete both boxes in less than an hour (seriously, the thing that took me longest was getting the ironing board out and setting it up – I don’t do ironing). I would really recommend it – a super simple, fast craft with great results!