Saturday, July 28, 2012

Creative Things To Do With Old Baby Shoes

If you're a mom I'll bet you still have at least one pair of these tucked away somewhere in your home: baby shoes!
 So cute and little and oh, the memories...

Or maybe you have a pair of your own baby shoes that you once wore many moons ago that your parents hid away. In either case, why not display these precious keepsakes like these creative folks below did? 

Check it out! 

Karen B. of Todolwen
In the beginning...

Years ago it was common practice to have baby shoes "bronzed."
This was a way to preserve baby shoes as precious keepsakes and consisted of the shoes being electroplated with copper. This is a multi-step process that is actually very interesting! Check out this video to see how it is done!

Video from American Bronzing

In previous generations, folks were limited to shoes with a bronze finish. Nowadays you can have baby shoes preserved with a plating of pewter, silver, gold, standard bronze, bright bronze, or even porcelain! 

Antique Bronzed Buttoned Hightop Baby Shoes Treasury Item
Antique bronzed buttoned high top baby shoes from okawvalleybirdhouses via Etsy

What a tender display... from The Feathered Nest

Mirror adorned with vintage baby shoes. Photo by Sprout Flowers

Baby shoes with flowers by Rooted In Thyme

Shadow box of outgrown childrens shoes

1920's lacey baby shoes displayed in a framed shadow box from Petrie Point Designs

Pretty baby shoe display with nest by LibertyBiberty

What do you think?

Do you still have your first pair of baby shoes?

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  1. I'm a huge fan of the bronzing, but I do really enjoy that mirror with all the shoes. Such great ideas!

  2. I do! I have mine and then a couple of my kids. What special ideas. My favorites are the pin cushion and the apothecary jar.
    Thanks for the ideas ;)

  3. What cute ideas, I love the ones in the jar and the shadow boxes! :)

  4. I love this post and your blog! I found it through Pinterest . I feel an idea coming on for my baby shoes! Thanks, Jodi (aka Screendoorgirl 3 on Pinterest)

  5. I've still got my daughters first ballet shoes, love the jar idea.

  6. I love these ideas. My favorite is the shoes getting bigger. Am going to give that a go.