A Shadow Box for the Ages.

Greta’s room is packing a lot of neutrals (or was)–but the art opposite the butterfly wall will hopefully balance that with lots of little punches of color.  And then there is the closet color that you all voted on, which is currently leaning toward a bold pink–a nice big splash of color that will coordinate so well with the first piece “art” on Greta’s wall.

Greta was blessed in our church wearing this little, white, vintage onesie when she was just a few weeks old.  I found it again a few weeks ago while I was attempting to sort through all of her old clothes and clear some space out and I thought, “Ahh! Frameable! For her room!!”  There might have been some tears mixed in there.  Moving on.

The next day I gathered some supplies for the project.  I have seen a lot of framed clothing pinned in place, but I really wanted to use a gold hanger to coordinate with other art we’re using–plus, cute! I ended up just using plastic hanger from Greta’s closet and some gold spray paint from Michaels.  I also got 3/4 yard of bright pink, cheap fabric and a 16×20 shadow box from Hobby Lobby that was on clearance for $16.99.

The back of the box had, like, 15 screws (!!) that I unscrewed so I could “reupholster” the gray with a bright, bold pink.

I was fully expecting to take out the gray fabric and just place the pink fabric in (maybe staple it on the back?) but the gray fabric was glued on the the backing so I rolled with it.  I just lightly sprayed the gray fabric with adhesive and smoothed the pink right over top.

While spray-painting the hanger, I also painted a little finishing nail gold and hammered it in place.  It’s a good idea to put a thick piece of fabric or some sort of buffer over your freshly painted nail while hammering, so you don’t scratch off the paint.  ;)

The finished product is something sentimental, girly, colorful and pretty cute.  Greta loves pointing to it and saying, “Little baby goes to church!”  I don’t quite know if she understands she was that little baby, but she will one day.

Have you ever cried over baby clothes and then framed them?  Ha! Jenny recently did a round up of not just framed baby clothing, but also some great vintage pieces–including bathing suits!  Or, you could always frame barbie clothes. Surprisingly chic!

Update: Here’s a photo of our girl at 9 or 10 weeks old on her blessing day in the outfit now framed above. :)  

24 Comments

  • Reply January 29, 2013

    annebronkema

    I love the pop of pink! And what a cute dress. My mom dug out my baby baptism dress and it’s like 3 feet long! So fancy, but not as nice for framing…

    • Reply January 29, 2013

      Chris Loves Julia

      Hahaha. Yes! Many are. In fact, when we were looking for Greta’s, that’s what we had in mind–and then we found this little vintage onesie and fell in love with its simplicity so we went with it. Luckily now, it fits in this box! Hahaha

  • Reply January 29, 2013

    Meagan@Meagan Tells All

    So sweet! I love this idea!

  • I loved that post Jenny from LGN did and yours looks fantastic!

  • Reply January 29, 2013

    Rebecca W.

    Too cute! My grandma had a baby quilt framed with her’s and her 3 daughters’ baptism dresses all framed together. Large but beautiful. They included a picture of the girls in the dresses too, just a thought for more sentimental value!

    • Reply January 29, 2013

      Chris Loves Julia

      You’ve just inspired me to add a photo of Greta in her little outfit to this post! :)

  • Reply January 29, 2013

    Whitney

    So adorable! I adore the color scheme going on – the neutral, warm wall, black, white, pink, and gold? Yum. :D

  • Reply January 29, 2013

    Laura @ Chaotic Domestic

    I love this idea. That is such a beautiful onesie, too. I love meaningful art. Can’t wait to see the room keep developing and seeing all these wonderful pieces come together.

  • Reply January 29, 2013

    Courtenay

    I love this idea and really adore the fresh pop of colour behind it! I spray painted all the hangers for my daughter’s closet gold, so I really love this project! :)

  • Reply January 29, 2013

    Jennah's Garden

    OK, so as a former clothing store employee and kind of OCD person, that makes me twitchy because the hanger is facing the WRONG WAY. They should always look like a “?”. No excuses!

    But otherwise, it’s adorable :)

    • Reply January 29, 2013

      Chris Loves Julia

      Haha. Really? I had no idea. Oops! I better go change that. ;)

    • Reply January 29, 2013

      Jen825

      I’m so glad someone said something. I thought I was the only crazy one bothered by that. lol

  • Reply January 29, 2013

    Karrie Kaneda

    Love the modern take on a classic dress. So sweet, but cool at the same time!

  • Love the pop of pink! It’s so fun and I love the sentimental touch the baptism dress brings :)

  • Reply January 29, 2013

    Kim

    So cute, love how you painted the nail and the hanger gold.

  • Reply January 29, 2013

    jennyl

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  • Reply January 29, 2013

    Cassie@The-A-Days

    The pink is so unexpected and I love it!! I cry every time I have to pack away some of my baby’s clothes…. don’t feel bad!

  • Reply January 29, 2013

    Anonymous

    Did the fabric smooth out completely? I tried this and the fabric had some air bubbles under it in places. I noticed in one f your pictures you had some too but then didn’t see it in the next. Did the dress just cover any imperfections in the fabric or were you abe to smooth it out somehow? If so how?

    • Reply January 29, 2013

      Chris Loves Julia

      The photo with the spray adhesive was taken prior to adhering the fabric to the board–so what you see is just the fabric laying on top. I found it smoothed out wonderfully with the adhesive. I rolled my fabric, sprayed the adhesive and then slowly unrolled the pink onto the backing, smoothing it with one hand as I went.

  • Reply January 29, 2013

    Becky

    LOVE THIS! I’m gonna do it!

  • Reply February 12, 2013

    Brad

    This is beyond adorable. I showed it to my wife and she immediately started running through old baby outfits to find the right one worth framing… which may mean our daughter’s entire 3-6 month wardrobe could end up on a gallery wall. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply February 22, 2013

    Anonymous

    Great idea! I have my son’s christening dress (handmade and hand smocked) and I think I’m going to frame it the way you did Greta’s. Thanks.
    However, I have to say that I have _always_ hung my clothes on hangers the way you have that one. That’s the way my mother hung my clothes. The other way looks wrong to me and I am always hanging them up wrong in the store. So leave it that way if you like it.
    Charlotte

  • Reply March 9, 2014

    Karen

    Love this and love your gold comparison spray blog. Just found you adorable guys. Thanks

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