I was too exhausted and overwhelmed to make a baby keepsake box for both my kids but I wish someone had for me.
Baby keepsake boxes make great personalized gifts for new mothers. Speaking from experience, they will look back and really appreciate it. That initial few months of a newborn seem to just go by in one big blur.
I love the idea of making a keepsake box using a shadow box. The possibilities for customization are endless. In addition to photos and other flat decorative cutouts, you can add additional memorabilities like their newborn wrist band or even a cute onesie or socks.
Shadow boxes are also really flexible when it comes to displaying your keepsake box. It can just sit on the dresser or hang on the wall.
I made a couple of designs here but in general layouts fall into a few camps. But first, a few material recommendations:
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Materials for a Baby Shadow Box
Shadow Box – I like lighter colored frames for baby shadow boxes. Here is one that I have from Amazon that has a linen backing in case you want to pin or glue piece directly to the backing. I also like this set of more rustic wood shadow box frames as well and have several of these in my collection too.
Cardstock – I cut my shapes out with my Cricut and I highly recommend cardstock with colored cores. Here are a few of my favorite brands:
- Recollections 65lb Cardstock from Michaels
- Favorite Assorted Pink/Blush 12″x12″ Recollections Set
- Favorite Assorted Purple 12″x12″ Recollections Set
- Metallic Shimmer Assorted Set from Amazon
- Neenah Collections Assorted Set from Amazon
- Kraft Cardstock from Michaels
Glue – I recommend glue that does not warp the cardstock. Here are a few of my favorite brands that I use frequently:
Templates – The templates for all 3 baby shadow boxes are available in both SVG and printable formats for free in my resource library.
Personalized Baby Shadow Boxes Ideas
All babies are born are their own special snowflake so their keepsake boxes should be no different.
Floral Monogram Shadow Boxes
I love adding a monogram or name to the glass pane covering the keepsake items.
If you are making a baby shadow box as a gift and don’t have the items from the baby, this is a great way to customize the design with a base design of paper flowers or other design.
Check out all my free rolled paper flower templates and tutorials for the paper flowers to put in the box.
Jungle themes gender neutral baby shadow box
Not sure about the gender yet and still want to make something ahead of time? I’d suggest a theme with a gender-neutral color theme like jungle animals.
Simple decorative frame
You don’t need to make a shadow box super busy jammed pack with stuff to make it special. Sometimes a cute interior frame and a few words are enough.
Balloons and more
Is scrapbooking your thing? Then cute cutouts and layered shapes make for a perfect baby shadow box as well.