Going to another baby shower? Tired of taking the same old gift? Why not give the new Mommy and Daddy something they will absolutely adore? Make them a little display case shadow box using unique items chosen specifically with their baby in mind.

A perfect and inexpensive baby shower gift

This perfect little gift is simple to make and not as expensive as you may think. Their new baby’s shadowbox will be an instant hit at the party and will be cherished for many years to come.

Decide what you want to include in your box

Let’s get started! It’s best to figure out what items you would like to include in your display case shadow box. Once you determine what will go inside it will be much easier to choose an appropriate sized shadow box to showcase these items. Wooden display cases are inexpensive and come in all types of beautiful wood grains and colors.

Basic Materials Needed:

    * Scissors
    * Glue gun to attach heavier objects
    * Glue Sticks/Pens to attach paper items
    * Shadow box (see below on how to determine proper size)

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Try to include a couple of items from the list below if possible:

    * Sonogram/scan picture
    * The Baby shower invitation / or cute baby congratulations card
    * Tiny pair of baby booties or little bonnet
    * Something to match the décor of the baby’s room

Then let your imagination go into “cute” overload. There are so many wonderful items to choose from you will not have a hard time finding things. Of course your local craft store will have everything you need but you can also shop at the dollar stores or thrift shops. It’s best not to have too many items inside your shadow box — the simpler the better. Remember that displaying an odd number of items (3, 5, 7, 9) is more appealing to the eye. Determine the size of your display box by the number of items you choose to put in it.

Cute baby items to give you some ideas for your baby shower gift

    * Little teddy bear
    * Cute diaper pins
    * Rattle
    * Pacifier
    * Nylon butterflies or dragonflies
    * Tiny silk flowers or baby’s breath
    * Ribbon (pink or blue)

It is likely you will have way too many items to fit into the box but not to worry. Having a nice supply of cute items to choose from is better than not having enough. And besides you can always return what you don’t use so remember to keep your receipts!

Do not glue down anything until you are satisfied with your arrangement. Trim around any paper items and give them a nice scalloped edge. Or you can cover the edges with other items. Try different combinations of items and don’t be afraid to overlap things. It is important to make sure that when you close the lid that nothing inside the box is being hidden by the wooden frame around the glass. You may have to adjust your items or trim pictures several times to make sure they are all visible through the glass. When you have achieved the look you want, glue everything in place.

And there you have it – the perfect baby shower gift

Remember, having too many items is only going to make the shadow box look messy and unorganized. You want to be able to distinguish what items are in it from a distance as well as close up since it is made to be hung on a wall. When you have everything where you want it â?? glue everything in place. And there you have it – the perfect Baby Shower gift – handmade with love.

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