Shadow Box Ideas

Display your special keepsakes with these shadow box ideas. This project was a birthday present for my brother, using items from when he was a baby. 

Age: 12 and up

Difficulty: Easy

Time scale: 2 out of 5



  • Shadow box (this one is 8 x 8)
  • Keepsakes (pick a theme)
    For a baby theme, I used
    wooden blocks, baby mitt, spoon and fork,
    diaper pin, baby picture in small oval frame
  • hot glue gun and hot glue
  • glue stick for paper
  • small brown ink pad
  • Scrapbook paper
  • computer and printer

I used an 8 x 8 inch shadow box that I got from Michaels at a 2 for 1 sale. Since I am a cheapskate crafter I rarely buy any craft supplies unless they are on sale or I can use a coupon.

This had black material on the inside, which I pulled off.

Use a glue stick and apply scrapbook paper on to the inside back of the frame. Rip a jagged edge along a piece of scrapbook paper that is a lighter shade of the same color, in this case blue. Crumple it up and then smooth it back out. It should be about 3 or 4 inches wide and 8 inches long. Glue this to the one side of the inside backing.

Use a small brown ink pad and apply ink to the edges of the paper and lightly over the rest of the paper, for an antique look. Let dry.

There are many shadow box ideas that you can use but I think the best ones are those with a theme, using sentimental items.

Glue the baby spoon and fork to the left side of the back of the frame. Hot glue will work fine as long as this isn't going to be put some place where it will get really warm.

Print out the baby name and birthday date on a piece of scrapbook paper. Add a diaper pin and glue the paper near the top of the frame.

Use a small oval frame with a baby picture and glue this to the top right hand side.

The wooden blocks were a little too thick so the back of them had to be sawed off so they would fit. Check any other items you may be using, to make sure the glass will fit over top.

The wooden blocks were glued to the right hand side and a small baby mitt (couldn't find a bootie) was glued just to the left of the blocks.

Other things that could be used are small toys, a rattle, birth           announcement or other baby related items.

The 8 X 8 inch frame seemed to be a good size for this project. If you have lots of keepsakes or something larger than what I used, you may find that you will need a bigger frame.

More Shadow Box Ideas

Some other shadow box ideas that are on my list to make are: 

Frame full of seashells, for a beach theme.
Childhood toys
Things from my Grandmother including a picture of her, a handmade doll from when she was little, a doily, scarf and a brooch. Vintage theme.

Other themes that can be used are sports, military, awards, school, wedding and groups, like boy Scouts.

This type of frame is a great way to display anything that is a special keepsake or treasure. Encased in glass the items are protected and it is easy to find wall space, to hang it up. 

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