Baby Shadow Box: Great Gift for New Mom

What New Mom Wouldn’t Love This Baby Shadow Box?

Baby Shadow Box

I took an awesome class at CreativeLive**: 3D Mixed Media Art Displays taught by mixed media artist Stephenie Hamen. I was just blown away by her shadow box design. With Mother’s Day on the way — and a friend with a new baby also on the way — I couldn’t wait to get started.

** 2016 Update: I’m delighted to tell you that The Artful Crafter was just accepted as an affiliate of CreativeLive. This post now contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Rustic Tray for Baby Shadow Box

Stephenie used a more complex rustic box than mine. It’s a really neat divided tray by Rustic Hollow. Her shadow box has decoupaged music paper overlaid with word art on the left section and the night seascape on the right.

Stephenie taught techniques for a large range of mixed media including:

  • Decoupage,
  • Paperclay,
  • Gelatos,
  • Mold Maker,
  • Refillable water brushes and
  • Pitt pens.

I didn’t use all the media, but did finally take the Faber Castell Gelatos I bought six months ago out of the box and put them to use!

Baby Shadow Box Boat Detail

My baby shadow box has the new baby’s name and birth date on the left and says, “Tesoro Precioso” above the boatload of treasure.

Baby Shadow Box Supplies

Baby Shadow Box Supplies

  • Wood tray — 14 x 12 x 3 inches
  • Foam brushes
  • Paint brushes
  • Matte decoupage gel
  • Acrylic paints
  • Gelatos
  • Palette for gelatos – plastic or aluminum tray/plate
  • Black Sharpie pen
  • Sequins
  • White Jelly Roll pen
  • Adhesives — tacky glue, white craft glue and No More Nails
  • Paperclay
  • Pearls and rhinestones from old jewelry
  • Small seashells
  • Silver card stock for the paper stars
  • Blue craft string
  • Sandpaper (60 grit)

Baby Shadow Box Steps

Baby Shadow Box: Painting Sky

I had to mask off the lower portion of my box since it doesn’t have a convenient space between slats like the Rustic Hollow tray.

Baby Shadow Box: Painting Sea

After I painted the dark blue night sky, I flipped the paper mask upward and used it to mask off the sky while I painted the light blue sea.

Baby Shadow Box: Painting Waves

After letting the blue sea dry, I brushed in some white waves and shading.

Baby Shadow Box: Making Paperclay Boat

Paperclay is a great medium for wall plaques and shadow boxes because it is so lightweight.

Paperclay Tips: My already-opened pack of Creative Paperclay was a bit dried out. Package directions say you can add a small amount of water to re-moisten it. That made mine very crumbly, so I added a small amount of mineral oil. I used a pasta machine to mix and condition the clay.

Baby Shadow Box: Paperclay Moon & Boat

Here are the paperclay moon and assembled boat.

Baby Shadow Box: Making Paperclay Owl

I didn’t use a mold to make the owl as Stephenie demonstrated in class. I hand-molded mine in sections and glued them together with No More Nails glue. No More Nails is not only paint-able but also fills gaps where the pieces are joined.

Baby Shadow Box: Making Double-Sided Stars

Since the stars spin around in the breeze, I made mine two-sided.

Baby Shadow Box: Paperclay Painted With Gelatos

My first gelato painting project!

Baby Shadow Box Owl Detail

I used googly eyes for the owl. Why not? This shadow box is for a baby.

Baby Shadow Box: Treasure for the Boat

I pried pearls and rhinestones out of old damaged brooches and glued them in place with tacky glue. I also found a small clay fish, a frog and small sea shells in my stash that suited this baby shadow box perfectly.

[2016 Update: I’m delighted to tell you that The Artful Crafter was just accepted as an affiliate of Creative Live. This post now contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.]

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  1. This just makes me so happy! I love this idea and definitely want to make one now.

    • Eileen Bergen says:

      Thank you, Cherie. It was fun to make and such a practical gift for a new baby’s room. I want one for my craft room with a different design.

  2. cyndilavin says:

    That is sooooo sweet! You’re right…any new Mom would love to have one of these!

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