DIY Baby Birth Shadow Box

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When I found out my first born would be a girl, I was so excited. I could not wait to dress her up and play. I was thrilled to buy her going home outfit and now I am excited to display it in Zoe’s Baby Birth Shadow Box. It’s so delicate and beautiful and I can still remember her wearing it home. I knew I wanted her to wear white home because pink was never really my color. But then I fell in love with pink when Little Z arrived.

DIY Baby Birth Shadow Box

I also imagined us going to Disney and having breakfast with Minnie Mouse. Confession: I am the biggest Disney World fan! When we were dating, the Hubs and I took our first vacation to Disney World! Yes two adults made Disney their first vacation together. So naturally our kids would love all things Disney. Little Z did not disappoint. She is Minnie Mouse obsessed. 

Baby Birth Shadow Box 1

Now that Little Z is officially a big sister, it’s time to upgrade her room. We do have a new big girl bed for her however she is currently still using the crib as a toddler bed for another few weeks.  When I saw the Disney Baby Minnie Happy Day bedding at Walmart, I knew it was perfect for Z. In addition to new bedding, I decided to pull out some my treasured keepsakes from her birth to display in the shadow box along with with her going home outfit.

DIY Baby Birth Shadow Box 

Pick out what you would like to display in the box

DIY Baby Birth Shadow Box

What to Include

I used Zoe’s going home outfit as the focus point for the shadow box. I also added:

  • The hat that was placed on her after they cleaned her up. 
  • Our hospital tags
  • First pacifier (that she actually liked) and the clip to secure it
  • My first sonogram picture
  • My favorite sonogram picture (she still has the same smile)
  • A copy of our Oh Baby! baby shower invite (I designed it myself)
  • Download your copy of these On This Day baby’s first cards to add to your shadow box

Baby Birth Shadow Box Collage

Use two sides tape, adhesive strips and or a hot glue gun to secure everything in place. Then gently replace the shadow box glass.

Buy a frame that will fit all your items

Place cover on shadow box and secure it with the frame latches.

 DIY Baby Birth Shadow Box

Admire your masterpiece.

DIY Baby Birth Shadow Box

Even though my shadow box is big, I ended up leaving out a few items that couldn’t fit including her hospital receiving blanket, the hat to go with her outfit and a wooden letter Z. Make sure to lay everything out in the box to make sure they all fit. Eliminate as necessary. You can always make a complimentary shadow box with the remaining items. 

Baby Birth Shadow Box 5You can display your shadow box on a side table or add it to a feature wall. We will be painting Little Z’s room so for now the shadow box will live on a side table. Once we are done the shadow box will be added to her Love & Inspiration Wall. 

Baby Birth Shadow Box 3

Now that we have this beautiful shadow box of her birth, I will be putting together a few smaller ones for other moments in her life. Pretty soon I will be making these shadow boxes for Baby E. It will be fun to recreate them with a baby boy theme. 

Baby Birth Shadow Box 4

I love our Disney inspired nursery update. You can find the Minnie Happy Day bedding along with Let’s Go Mickey, Cinderella and more collections at Walmart. Grab the supplies for your shadow box while you are there and then recreate this memory box for your baby. 

Disney Baby at Walmart

Now that you’ve seen our Minnie’s Happy Day inspired nursery update and Zoe’s birth shadow box, how do you display your favorite keepsakes from your children?




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  • Reply
    July 13, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    This is such a cool idea! I love it. I’m not the mom
    Who is good with sentimental stuff. I donated my daughter going home outfit but I may still have my son. Now that I see how you did this, I wish I knew back then.

    • Reply
      M J
      July 15, 2015 at 7:24 AM

      You can make when for your daughter now just at a different stage in her life. She will love it and she is old enough to help you. AS for me, I started to write about my hoarder ways because besides her newborn clothes which I gave away I have everything! EVERYTHING! It’s ridiculous so now I am purging. But the memories make me want to keep it all. LOL

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    Vashti (
    July 13, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Aww, this is so cute! Now Zoe is almost a teenager lol. I really enjoyed this post.

    • Reply
      M J
      July 15, 2015 at 7:21 AM

      LOL. Right Vee. I really should have done it sooner because I love it. But I was able to turn it into story time because she had a million questions about it. “Mommy, what’s that?”

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    July 15, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    This is very cute. This would make a great gift. Especially since I love Disney.

    • Reply
      M J
      July 15, 2015 at 2:20 PM

      Thank you Holly. We are a Disney family around here. Seriously, if I could live in one of the theme parks I would.

  • Reply
    July 15, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Aw, this is too cute! Congrats on your baby. A friend of my is having a bay soon. I’ll have to forward this to her.

    • Reply
      M J
      July 16, 2015 at 5:16 PM

      Thank you Stacie. Wishing your friend a safe and healthy delivery for her and her bundle to be. Please share it with her.

  • Reply
    July 16, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    I had every intention of making one of these for my youngest son. He’s 2 1/2 and no shadow box has been put together, yet. I’m thinking I’ll toss out that regret and make a shadow box for all three children. The oldest is 18 but I still have their first outfits stored in the house.

    • Reply
      M J
      July 16, 2015 at 5:15 PM

      OMG Tami totally do it. They will love it. My daughter is 2 1/2 so trust me I understand how time just gets away from us. Please do it and share them with me.

  • Reply
    Lauren Harmon
    July 19, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    I’m in love with the way this turned out, whenever hubs and I have our first baby I’ll definitely be making something like this! Thanks so much for the inspiration and the nursery is adorable, so perfectly Disney!

    • Reply
      M J
      July 20, 2015 at 8:49 AM

      Thank you Lauren. Definitely keep it in mind. I just love looking at it and remembering how it all started. My toddler is total in to it too “What’s that mommy?” and I get to tell her the story of this box and it is all about her. Total win for both of us.

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    July 20, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    How creative is this? I love it.

    • Reply
      M J
      July 20, 2015 at 8:48 AM

      Thanks LaShonda

  • Reply
    July 20, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    Can you believe that I have a similar project on my Pinterest TO DO list for three years?! I swore that I would make one for my son, and I never did. I love how you laid this one out. I need to finally bite the bullet and finish this project.

    • Reply
      M J
      July 20, 2015 at 8:48 AM

      Krsytal You have to do this. I love your blog so I can just see how beautiful your shadow box will be already! Do it and please share it with me. I can’t wait (pushy much?) LOL

  • Reply
    Janelle Winters
    January 11, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    I love shadow boxes, but believe it or not, I’d never thought of using it to display baby things! My little one was just born so I probably won’t be making it for a few months but once she’s grown out of her newborn gear too you’d better believe that she is going to have a special shadow box. I love that you included Z’s going home outfit and the timeline of her development. SO cute. I’m so glad that I kept our wristbands from the hospital – I think it’s so sweet that you put yours in!

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    January 20, 2017 at 11:42 AM

    It’s no wonder you’re such a fan of the Disney inspired nursery update. It’s nice that you widened your options to include the color pink when Zoe arrived.

  • Reply
    Diane Price
    February 26, 2021 at 12:59 AM

    This is so cute! I love it. I wish I’d read this earlier.

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