DIY Newborn Shadow Box Tutorial

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Here's the tutorial that I promised in my previous post to show you how I created shadow boxes to showcase my twins' 3D ultrasound pics and delivery items. It was really easy and quick to do.

Here Is What You Need: 

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  • Special items from your pregnancy or delivery that you'd like to place in the box. I used my twins' footprint cards that the nurses gave to us, the gender announcements, birthdate/time and weight/height cards that were in their hospital bassinets, the hats that they wore while they were in the hospital, their ankle bracelets, and also their 3D ultrasound pictures.
  • Shadow Box Picture Frames. I chose the 8x8 inch frames. But, they do come in many sizes if you want to display larger or smaller items.
  • Display Backdrop. I chose to use gender ribbons as a backdrop to my items. You could use pretty fabric to match your nursery or even cute baby themed wrapping paper.
  • Glue dots to hold everything in place. You could use push pins or tacks, but that may ruin your baby's items. The glue dots are gentle enough not to do any damage

Now Let's Put It All Together: 
Get your frames and banners.

Remove the back of the frame by pressing and turning the clip that's holding the back of the frame in place.

Take off the backing and the paper and cardboard insert that came inside the frame.  Tip: Clean the glass of dust and any streaks so that it won't show once you reassemble the frame.
The brown board that you see above is just the reverse side of the back of the frame that you removed.

Place the cardboard insert on top of the brown side of the back of the frame.  

Begin placing glue dots on the cardboard insert.  These will be used to hold your backdrop in place.

Cut your backdrop (banner, ribbon, fabric or wrapping paper) to the size of your cardboard insert.  Then, press the backdrop onto the glue dots on the cardboard insert.

Begin arranging your baby's items onto the backdrop.  I arranged mine first, before I applied the glue drops to the items.  Once I was satisfied with the layout, I just put the glue dots on the items and the backdrop and stuck the items to it.  

Place your cardboard insert into the frame with the glass.

Replace the back of the frame and secure it in place with the little clip.

All done.  These frames can be hung up on the wall or placed on a shelf or dresser like I have here.

If you try it, let me know in the comments below and please link to your pictures.  I'd love to see them!

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