As part of the post about Baby Keepsakes I mentioned a Memory Frame. Here is how I made ours and what I included.

DIY Baby Memory Frame

The frame I used came from Cox & Cox and already had a fabric backing. However it wasn’t really padded enough to secure the items to the back of the frame. I didn’t want to use glue as I may decide to use the items at a later date for something else or if I want to take the frame down and store them. Instead I brought a piece of mount board and covered this is wrapping paper which said ‘Born in 2012’ on it. You could use fabric if you wanted but I liked the paper and had used to wrap gifts for all the NCT babies in our group.

I then used pins where possible to secure the items in the frame. As I completed this when Monkey was around three months old there wasn’t too much to choose from to fill the frame. If I was to do it now I think I would struggle to get everything in! The items I chose were:

  • The baby grow Monkey came home from hospital in
  • His first rattle which was the first play thing he grasped
  • Monkey’s first picture taken the morning after he was born by Bounty in the hospital
  • His first dummy
  • A pair of felt shoes I had made for him
  • A little card detailing the time of birth, weight, name etc which was given to us by the hospital
  • Wrist band
  • Tummy button clip (washed!!)
  • A piece of ribbon which has – ‘you are my sunshine’ printed on it, as I use to sing this rhyme to him when he was tiny
  • A soft toy which was a gift from friends and has Monkey’s name and date of birth printed on the inside of the wings.


You could include anything you wanted including mits and a hat, although I didn’t want the frame to look too over crowded and it is only 50cmx50cm. I made something similar for our wedding and they hang together in our spare room. I will be making another one for our new baby around the same sort of time….must get started on the little slippers!

What would you include in a memory frame?




  1. Something Crunchy Mummy

    This is such w beautiful idea. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

  2. ERF Mama

    This is so lovely. 🙂
    I have wanted to do this for years – but never got around to it. I still have some of the items though, laying around hehe, so this might just give me that push. 😉


  3. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    Aw, so cute! All Marianna’s momentos are in a shoe box at the moment and this would be a great way to display them. Will have to find some time to give it a go. 🙂 #justanotherlinky

  4. Silly Mummy

    This is a lovely idea and so pretty! I may give it a go! #justanotherlinky

  5. .Sara. (@OoSerzoO)

    Oh my goodness!! This is a brilliant idea! My children are older now but I could still do this! I have all there hospital bands and first outfits etc in memory boxes. It’s a lovely way to display favourite baby items. I love the fabric backing idea, thank you for sharing! xx

  6. Aw that is so pretty. I have never thought of a frame. We have boxes instead. I kept the wristband, first clothes dodie and christening gown. Oh yeah and cards we received.

  7. Michelle Murray

    Oh my goodness this is absolutely beautiful. I really want to do this – does the frame have to be a certain depth?

  8. Leighanne M

    This is pinterest worthy!! Such a lovely idea.I have so many of Darcy’s stuff in a box would be nice to display some

  9. Ickle Pickle (@IcklePicklex)

    I love this – I love any keepsake memory items, I keep everything I can! Pickle was born in 2012 too! Kaz x

  10. Oh wow, now this is so lovely, what a great idea x

  11. Ana De-Jesus

    What a sweet and thoughtful idea. It is a very beautiful and special frame that anyone would be proud to have in their household.

  12. What a beautiful DIY, I do not have kids yet but I think I would include hands and feet prints l, first hair cute something like this I think

  13. To Arizona......and beyond

    This is such a good idea, I love that you put the baby grow in and pinned everything so you can re-arrange later if needed. Our first baby is due in March and I would love to make something like this after they’re born. Better than keeping everything hidden away in a box!

  14. This is such a beautiful idea and so creative. I love how you have organised it and put it together. It sure is a very special frame x

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