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How to Make a Baby Shoe Shadow Box

We’ve made a lot of progress in our entry and have, most recently, been working on the stairs. I’ve been piecing together a family focused gallery wall along the left side.

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In effort to give it a collected and casual feel, I’ve been mixing in some rustic and industrial items, too.

By the way… Several weeks ago, on Facebook, some of you all shared your favorite items to use in a gallery wall — that aren’t photos or art. Check out the suggestions here

One of my favorite items is the kids’ baby shoes displayed in a shadow box.


This shadow box is actually an old metal bin of some sort {I bought it at this sale}. It wasn’t made to hang on the wall so I added picture hangers using this tip.


Note: I gave this Scotch glue a try since I had it lying around. It did not hold, so I went back to my usual glue, E-6000.

I used foam pop dots to attach the baby shoes to the metal. We’ll see if this turns out to be a permanent solution or if I have to upgrade to something more heavy-duty.


Here they are all lined up… aren’t baby shoes the cutest?


If you’re wondering, my baby girl is still wearing her shoes. So they were sticky-tacked up there for the photos; but won’t be there permanently until she’s quite a bit bigger {her feet are sooooo tiny compared to the size my son’s were when he was an infant!}.


We hung their  baby shoes right below a canvas from our most recent family photo-shoot.

This gallery wall features so many things that are meaningful to us…. from photos, to souvenirs, to family heirlooms and our favorite Bible verses.


It’s a hard spot to get photos; but I’m hoping to share more of the details with you soon.

Are you interested in finding more ways to display your children’s tiny mementos? Check out this floral monogram wall decor made from baby headbands.

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Craftivity Designs

Saturday 22nd of August 2015

I love seeing it each time I walk up the stairs :)

Ashley Keilman

Saturday 22nd of August 2015

I love this idea! I'll be asking Brian if he still has Gavin's baby shoes tonight!

Craftivity Designs

Wednesday 12th of August 2015

Thanks! :)


Wednesday 12th of August 2015

so sweet! I love all the variety in your gallery wall :)