DIY Framing First Baby Shoes – Anyone who is a regular reader of Mudpie Fridays will know that I have a thing for Keepsakes. Something that has been on my to do list for a long time. But I’ve never managed to get round to, is framing Kippers first baby shoes. Figuring that I was too busy I enquired about getting them done professionally. It turned out to be a lot of money. A lot more than I was expecting so I decided to try myself.

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The first time didn’t go so well as I thought a standard box frame would work. Turns out that despite being soft and squishy babies shoes are actually quite high around the heel. In the ended I settled on a deep box frame from Amazon which cost £14.99. I also brought a pre-cut photo mount online which cost £1.99. Which meant I saved about £53.00 each!

If you are thinking of doing this yourself other things you will need are a 30cm ruler, pencil, rubber, scissors, sellotape and some good quality glue. I opted for silicone because I know that once it dries it will hold really well. I have used it before for ceramic tiles in frames. Plus it allows for a sneaky bit of repositioning and movement if needed.

Step One: I need to trim my photo mounts to size as it turned out I hadn’t taken the thickness of the frame into consideration. If you brought the same frame as I did then you need your mount to be 27.5cm square. I had a 15cm square appeture in the middle.

Step Two: I used my little hand held vacuum and hoovered the inside of the frame to make sure there was no dust or little bits of chipboard in there. I then put in the mount and used tape to to secure it to the sides so that it gave that box effect. You could just attach it to the mount board if you would like.

Step Three: The frames come with a substantial mount board backing so I cut a piece of scrapbook paper to size. I decided on white to ensure that the frames stayed an light as possible. I secured this to the back of the mount board using silicone glue. Use the end of the tube to spread it very thinly so as not to leave bumps in the paper.

Step Four: I then marked out the corners of the aperture using the ruler, leaving a very small dot. That way I could get the shoes in the centre of the frame. I used silicone to glue to the shoes to the covered mount board. Then I placed the frame over the top so I was happy with the position. If not I gave them a little wiggle to get them in the right place. I left the glue to dry overnight.

I think the finished result came out quite well!

Have you framed any of your baby’s or child’s memorabilia?


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  1. Ursula Hunt Reply

    We have done this with my daughter’s and granddaughter’s shoes, it is lovely to see them side by side, wish I has mine too to make it 3 instead of 2 generations

  2. Tracy K Nixon Reply

    I have done this too with all four of my little ones! Great idea!

  3. Hayley Colburn Reply

    What a beautiful keepsake, I never think of things like this

  4. Sarah Roberts Reply

    It looks so lovely! l wish l had thought of this when ours were younger but will definitely do this for my grand daughters lovely keepsake 🙂

  5. Lucy Barlow @JazzRecluse Reply

    ooh! think I might do this as a Christmas present for my brother (he just had is first little one)

  6. Yes, they did turn out really well. Keeping baby items does get expensive so your idea and instructions are very helpful. Thank you.

  7. Sarah Lambert Reply

    What a beautiful idea, I would love to give this ago I started some frames last year for my three children on with all there firsts but never finished

  8. This is fabulous. A great idea of something I could make for my best friend!

  9. Kerry Kilmister Reply

    What a lovely idea. My best friend has just had her first baby, so I will suggest this to her

  10. Laura Pritchard Reply

    That’s such a great idea – I wish I’d kept our first shoes now!

  11. Karen Usher Reply

    Great idea, I didn’t know what to do with my little boys shoes. Currently up in the loft, probably getting dusty 🙁 They are just so cute!

  12. Keri Jones Reply

    This seems so easy to do and it looks great. I wish I had done this with my son’s first shoes x

  13. Sheila Reeves Reply

    I never did this with mine – passing this page on to my niece for her newly-walking daughter!

  14. Ren Taylor Reply

    This is such a lovely idea…I never thought to do this with mine but I still have the shoes in the loft !

  15. justine meyer Reply

    What a great ide, we still have ours so I could still do this x

  16. Wonderful idea, i wish i would have kept my children’s shoes

  17. Claire glace Reply

    Im so sentimental that this is really such a lovely idea, many thanks

  18. Heather Haigh Reply

    That looks really nice. Our son’s first shoes are hanging up by their laces in hubby’s car, and have been for over 30 years (not always in the same car lol)

  19. Katy Malkin Reply

    Great idea. We have kept all of my little girls clothes and shoes…sentimental!

  20. Louise Clarke Reply

    What a great post. I am going to try this out with my grandchildrens shoes

  21. Niki Marie Wardle Reply

    Aww this is such a lovely idea, I havent done this before but would consider it for my Goddaughter as a personal gift

  22. Natalie Gillham Reply

    What a great idea I have my daughters baby shoes stuffed in a box x

  23. Anthea Holloway Reply

    This is a lovely way to keep a treasure like this. I have saved my son’s first shoes but never thought to make something like this.

  24. Hayley Todd Reply

    This is such a fabulous idea! I will definitely be doing this with my little princesses shoes!

  25. Natalie Crossan Reply

    These are so sweet, i remember buying babys first shoes- such an important moment x

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