Easy DIY Shadowbox of Baby’s First Hospital Items

I am definitely a sentimental mama and the holidays usually get me especially mushy as I reflect on the last year.Ā  I also tend to be much more productive which is great for my crafty side. This year, I put together a quick shadowbox of Aiden’s first baby things from the hospital. I plan to hang this in our bedroom. This is a super easy DIY decoration for any room in the house! Here are the instructions to make a shadowbox of baby’s first hospital items:

  1. I purchased an 11×14 shadowbox from Michaels. They are having a great sale on frames right now so it’s a good time to buy and stock up! My frame came with little pins which I love the look of. If you get one that doesn’t have pins, you could easily get some from the sewing section of Michaels or Amazon.
  2. Be aware of where the hangers are on the back of the backing. There is nothing worse than putting the whole thing together and then having to re-do it because you did it upside down!
  3. I folded his baby blanket and pinned that to the back of the shadowbox (just to hold it in place).
  4. I folded the arms of his hospital shirt and pinned that on top of the baby blanket.
  5. I pinned his hospital hat to the top left of the frame.
  6. I put his hospital pacifier to the top right. I did not pin it down and you will have to play with it a bit to make it fit right when you close it.
  7. I had some letter stickers in my craft box so I put a letter “a” in the corner.
  8. The hardest part was closing the frame. Most everything is pinned so that is easy but the pacifier is not, and I didn’t want it to move from its place. I put the top/glass part of the frame on top of the backing and then picked the whole thing up and flipped it over to secure the back.

I put together a quick shadow box of Aiden's first baby things from the hospital. This is a super easy DIY decoration for any room in the house!


The only thing that is missing from this is his hospital bracelet, which I would have loved to add (to the bottom right), except his dad threw it out šŸ™ (and he still isn’t living that one down!)

I put together a quick shadow box of Aiden's first baby things from the hospital. This is a super easy DIY decoration for any room in the house!

I would love to see your shadowbox of baby’s first hospital items if you make one. Send a picture!

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I put together a quick DIY shadow box of Aiden's first baby things from the hospital. This is a super easy DIY decoration for any room in the house!

About Melissa

Hi, Iā€™m Melissa! I am a mama to my baby Aiden Milo (born November 2015), and a police wife to my husband Dan. I started this blog because, after having Aiden, I quickly learned that exhaustion and baby brain causes you to forget some of the er-lovely (sometimes horrible and sometimes wonderful) details related to the first several months of raising a baby. Considering we may have more kids in the future, I want to document everything we do, so we remember what worked the first time around, and hopefully help other first time mamas along the way!
  • Candy Kage

    I made shadow boxes for all my grandchildren. Purchased all the boxes 50% off and they are such a great gift to give.

    • Melissa

      That’s a great gift Candy! It’s always nice that the frames are always on sale.

  • Belle Bermudez-Tubel

    This is such a great post! I’ve always wanted to do one but don’t know how to!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Melissa

      Thank you Belle! It’s so easy — I hope you make them for your little ones!

  • Kate Payne

    Very cute !!! I have lots of stuff saved from my son, I should try this!

    • Melissa

      You should Kate! It’s so easy to do.

  • Meg

    What a cute and simple memory box. I have all of those items scattered in boxes and files. It would be so much cuter to make it into a special display.

    • Melissa

      Thank you Meg! Yes and it helps with clutter — we have a small townhouse!

  • Babies to Bookworms

    This is adorable! I saved all of these items from my daughter’s first days, but I didn’t know what to do with them!

    • Melissa

      Thank you! Now you can do something with them šŸ™‚ It’s so easy to make these!

  • Nicole Banuelos

    This is such a neat keepsake idea!

    • Melissa

      Thank you Nicole!

  • This is such a cute idea! All of ours are in the baby keepsake boxes, I take it out once in a while but it would be nice to see it a little more often.

    • Melissa

      Thank you! Yes, it’s fun to look back on those things.

  • Sheila Coppi

    I made a similar shadow box for my son. I don’t know why I didn’t think of pins to keep it in place. I used clothes pins but I like how it add to it a little. Yours is so cute!

    • Melissa

      Thank you Sheila! That’s awesome that you made one.

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  • Lesley Sullivan

    this is super adorable. I need to make one for my children a.sap

    • Melissa

      I hope you do Lesley — it’s so easy!

  • Carolyn

    This is such a good idea. All our stuff is just in a box in their closet.

    • Melissa

      Thank you Carolyn!

  • This is such a cute and sweet idea! I never would’ve thought of it! Thank you!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

    • Melissa

      Thank you Rachel!

  • Breyona Sharpnack

    This is super cute. I need to do this since this is my last baby and do this with the items I saved from the other 4 as well.

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