This Shadow Box Activity Is A Wonderful Keepsake For Your Grandkids

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While all the activities I share here on Devoted Grandma are fun and somewhat easy, today may be one of the best keepsake ideas I have shared: Shadow boxes. As the name suggests, shadow boxes are framed boxes, usually rectangular, with a glass front used to display and protect cherished items, such as photos, souvenirs, and other keepsakes.

Even better? Every shadow box is different and as one-of-a-kind as you and your grandchild(ren)!

Creating a shadow box display with your grandkids can be an excellent way to spend quality time together and create a lasting keepsake, and here is all you need to get started:


  • A shadow box frame
  • Background paper or fabric
  • Keepsakes, photos, mementos, etc.
  • Glue or double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Decorative items like stickers, glitter, etc. (optional)

1. Plan the layout

Decide on a theme for the shadow box, whether it be a holiday, a special event, a hobby, or any other theme that is meaningful to you and your grandchild. Gather all the items you want to display in the shadow box, lay them on a table, and decide on a layout. (Make sure everything fits inside the frame and looks visually balanced!)

2. Prepare the background

Measure the inside of the shadow box and cut the background paper or fabric to fit. (You can also use the back panel of the shadow box as a template.) Decorate the background if desired, and then attach the background to the back panel of the shadow box using glue or double-sided tape.

3. Attach the items

Start attaching the items to the background, using glue or double-sided tape to secure them in place. If you are using heavy items, you may need to use a stronger adhesive or attach a hook or wire to the back of the item. If you are including photos, it’s a good idea to attach them to a piece of cardboard or thick paper to give them some rigidity.

4. Decorate

Add any decorations (stickers, glitter, or other decorative items that fit the theme) to the shadow box.

5. Assemble the shadow box

Carefully place the back panel with all the attached items into the shadow box frame, ensuring everything is secure and in the right place. Close the back of the shadow box frame.

6. Display

Find a spot to display your completed shadow box! (It can be hung on a wall or a shelf.)


What will you and your grandchild(ren) put in your shadow box? As always, I would love to see the finished result, so email me anytime! Oh, and let’s talk again soon. 🙂

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