How To Make a Birth Shadow Box + What To Take Home With You From The Hospital

When I first saw this idea when I was pregnant with my daughter, I was 2000% sure that I was going to do it. I am a fiend for keepsakes. Every little thing that I could possibly save from my daughters itty bitty months, I saved. I have two huge tubs full of clothes from her first few months that I refuse to give up. But unlike all the things that you keep and shove away in a box in the attic, this shadow box allows you to put those little seemingly insignificant things into something beautiful + hang on the wall in your hallway! So if you like this idea too, let me tell you how I made it + what I brought home from the hospital for it.

How To Make a Birth Shadow Box + What To Take Home With You From The Hospital

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What To Take Home From The Hospital:

  • Any + all bracelets
  • Measuring tape with baby’s length
  • Footprints they stamp for you
  • Crib card
  • Hospital hat
  • hospital binkie

Other Things to Use:

  • Pictures from labor + delivery
  • An outfit or blanket that you bought for baby
  • The umbilical cord (if you catch it when it falls off). I know that sounds gross, but it’ll be enclosed in a case + I’m glad I kept mine 🙂

How To Make a Birth Shadow Box + What To Take Home With You From The Hospital

What To Buy:

  • Shadow Box
  • Stock Paper (you only need a couple sheets to line the back which you can get at a local craft store, but I attached a link to this pack of baby boy stock paper in case you need it for other things, the patterns are adorable. They make a pack for girls too!)
  • Pearl push pins (cuter and less noticeable then normal pins)
  • Tape (heres a six pack because, ya know, it’s almost gift wrapping season)
  • Glue
  • Scrapbook stickers + stamps (whatever your heart desires to dress it up a bit)



How To Make It:

  • Step 1: Take the backboard out of the frame and pin the stock paper to it (at an angle or else it won’t go in). This is just for a pretty background, you can skip it if you want!
  • Step 2: Arrange all the important things on the board first and start with the biggest item. I started with the “Isla Rain” onesie because it was so big and I wanted it to be the focus of the shadow box. Then do the smaller, important stuff like the hat, binkie, pictures, etc. Pin them when you know for a fact that’s where you want to put them. If you’re using the umbilical cord, tape it, the pin will break it. I used
  • Step 3: When you’re all done with pinning things, put the stickers + any other decorations you want to use down on the board.
  • Step 4: Slowly lift the board up when you’re all finished to make sure nothing falls off. If it doesn’t, then you’re all set! Carefully put the board back in the box, lock up the back + hang it where you want!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

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