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This is a golden-oldie of a craft that I never managed to get posted, but it’s from my daughter’s birthday back in September. I had a bunch of cute baby stuff, like her hat from the hospital (or, even cuter, the first hat I knit for her tiny preemie head), our hospital bands, some of her clothes and welcome baby cards, and I wanted to preserve some of it in a crafty way.
I’ve always liked the idea of shadowboxes (and long wanted to make one with my college diploma, honor’s college medal, etc.), so I thought a quick and easy way to make a cute display would be to get one and stick some stuff in it.
It was quick, easy and cute. It sits on a table in my daughter’s room now.
What You Need
- a bunch of stuff from your child’s archives: I had more than I needed but included some preemie clothes, pictures, a Christmas ornament, hospital bands, the little cards from her crib, etc.
- a shadowbox in the size of your choice (mine is 8×10)
- double-stick tape, pushpins and other stuff to hold your precious stuff on the shadowbox backing
- less than 30 minutes, once you gather your supplies
What You Do
- Spread out all your memorabilia. Take a moment to reflect on how wee your little one was when he or she was born.
- Pick out the best stuff/the stuff you have room for.
- Arrange and rearrange until you have the stuff in a design you like.
- Using double-stick tape, pushpins, or whatever else you might need, attach your stuff to the back of the shadowbox in the layout you devised.
- Very carefully attach the back of the shadowbox to the frame (it’s like any other picture frame, just with a 3-D picture inside.
- Hang on a wall, if you want, or display on a table like I do.
If you want you can update the items in your box from time to time, or make one for every year of your child’s life and use them to line a hallway.