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A Modern Take on Bronzed Baby Shoes

This updated spin on the traditional "bronzed" baby shoes adds unexpected punch to nursery walls.

Sherry and John Petersik, excerpted from Young House Love (Artisan Books), Copyright 2012

Think outside the box when creating art for your child's nursery. Things like tiny booties, an ID bracelet from the hospital, a newborn’s blanket or hat, a coming-home outfit, footprints and weight and length notes from doctor visits also look great in frames or shadow boxes.

Materials Needed:

  • shadow box
  • colorful fabric or paper
  • scissors
  • baby shoes
  • spray paint
  • heavy-duty adhesive

Add Color to the Shadow Box

Cover the back of a shadow box with colorful fabric or paper. (If you can’t find a shadow box that works, a regular frame with the glass removed can do the trick too.)

Spray Paint Baby Shoes

Spray paint a pair of baby shoes. (Colors like oil-rubbed bronze, dark indigo, hot pink or glossy white could all look good — just choose whatever works best with your paper or fabric backdrop.)

Mount the Shoes

Mount the fully dry, spray-painted baby shoes in the middle of the paper or the fabric backdrop of the shadow box with a heavy-duty adhesive applied to the soles to secure them. Allow them to fully dry while laying flat before hanging them.

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