DIY : Framing First Baby Shoes

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
    March 6, 2018 / 9:04 am

    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
    March 9, 2018 / 5:35 am

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

  3. Margaret Gallagher
    March 10, 2018 / 11:16 am

    What a great idea – a treasured keepsake

  4. Hayley Colburn
    March 10, 2018 / 11:40 pm

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

  5. Lorna Ledger
    March 11, 2018 / 5:43 pm

    Oh Em Gee! How cute what an amazing idea, love it!

  6. Sarah Roberts
    March 13, 2018 / 12:46 am

    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 🙂

  7. Lucy Barlow @JazzRecluse
    March 13, 2018 / 11:37 am

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

  8. Rich Tyler
    March 13, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    I’ve never thought of doing this

  9. Susan B
    March 13, 2018 / 7:03 pm

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

  10. Sarah Lambert
    March 14, 2018 / 10:42 pm

    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

  11. Fay
    March 15, 2018 / 1:00 am

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

  12. Shaun Heathcote
    March 15, 2018 / 10:59 am

    we have all our kids shoes and some of their outfits

  13. Kerry Kilmister
    March 15, 2018 / 2:28 pm

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

  14. paula cheadle
    March 16, 2018 / 12:38 pm

    what a wonderful idea

  15. And Monk
    March 16, 2018 / 8:39 pm

    Shame, both mine lost shoes and continue to do so!

  16. Hannah Wallington
    March 18, 2018 / 5:54 pm

    This is such a cute idea

  17. Laura Pritchard
    March 18, 2018 / 6:14 pm

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

  18. March 20, 2018 / 10:33 am

    We’ve kept our daughters first shoes but haven’t done anything with them yet, such a good idea

  19. Alica
    March 20, 2018 / 3:28 pm

    What a lovely idea!

  20. Karen Usher
    March 22, 2018 / 7:04 pm

    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!

  21. Keri Jones
    March 23, 2018 / 12:29 pm

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

  22. Sheila Reeves
    March 24, 2018 / 1:30 pm

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

  23. Ren Taylor
    March 24, 2018 / 2:44 pm

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

  24. justine meyer
    March 24, 2018 / 3:24 pm

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

  25. Liza Park
    March 26, 2018 / 2:19 pm

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

  26. Ruth Harwood
    March 27, 2018 / 9:44 am

    What a wonderful idea! Thanks xx

  27. Claire glace
    March 30, 2018 / 8:02 am

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

  28. Yolanda Davis
    March 30, 2018 / 12:47 pm

    this is a brilliant idea. great post.

  29. Heather Haigh
    March 31, 2018 / 4:43 am

    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)

  30. Katy Malkin
    March 31, 2018 / 10:21 pm

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

  31. sheri Darby
    April 4, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    They look lovely. I have kept ours but not framed

  32. Rich Tyler
    April 5, 2018 / 3:16 pm

    What a lovely idea x

  33. Kim Lam
    April 6, 2018 / 8:49 am

    What a really good idea

  34. Louise Clarke
    April 6, 2018 / 10:57 am

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

  35. Niki Marie Wardle
    April 7, 2018 / 8:38 am

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

  36. Ali Fanstone
    April 7, 2018 / 8:39 am

    oh my goodness what an amazing thing to do

  37. Natalie Gillham
    April 7, 2018 / 10:25 pm

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

  38. Tee Simpson
    April 7, 2018 / 10:43 pm

    Such a cute ideas. Thanks for the step by step guide

  39. Anthea Holloway
    April 11, 2018 / 8:44 am

    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.

  40. Diana
    April 11, 2018 / 8:59 pm

    Oh wow, that’s such a great idea! 🙂

  41. Hayley Todd
    April 12, 2018 / 4:31 pm

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

  42. Adrian Bold
    April 12, 2018 / 9:00 pm

    What a great idea, thanks for the wonderful article!

  43. Natalie Crossan
    April 12, 2018 / 10:24 pm

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

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