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Baby Memorabilia Shelf DIY

Baby Memorabilia Shelf DIY

I often collect little cute trinkets or treasures for my kids that have some sort of meaning. But it can be hard to figure out where to put these little things or know to how to display them. So we came up with this memorabilia shelf for a baby's nursery to hold small treasures and keepsakes.

We made this one for a couple who has roots in Philly and Los Angeles and cultural backgrounds from Mexico, the Philippines, and Colombia, so you'll see a variety of pieces that reference those parts of them show up here. Watch the video below to see the full how-to!

And to see all the materials and steps, I've repeated them below for reference! And please subscribe to the Oh Joy channel to see more videos.

Baby Memorabilia Shelf DIY

To start, you'll need:
-A white round tray (we got this one at Target but you could also use a square or rectangular tray)
-wood pieces to match the depth of your tray (we used 1.5 inch pine wood that you can get at any local hardware store)
rope
Elmer's Craft Bond Glue 
-1.5 inch gold embroidery ring 
-drill
-electric saw
-electric sander
-a variety of keepsakes (they could be passed down, items from you cultural background or where you were raised, or items that represent hobbies you want to share with your kids)

Heres how:
1. Measure the wood pieces to fit the inside width of the tray. We made 3 shelves and spaced them evenly apart. We added little more room at the top for taller objects on the first shelf.

2. Use an electric saw to cut and sand down each to fit perfectly inside the tray based on where you want them to be located.

3. Use craft bond glue to secure the shelves inside the tray. Once itโ€™s in place, let it dry overnight.

4. Now, drill 2 holes evenly from each other on the top of the tray to create the holes that the tray will hang from.

5. Fold rope in half and loop it through a gold ring. Insert the rope into the holes and tie a knot to secure it.

6. Hang the shelf in your desired spot. And, finally, decorate the shelf with all your keepsakes.

P.S. If you're looking for more baby nursery ideas, see this Decorative Mobile and Little Artist's Play Table.

// CREDITS //
Brought to you by Oh Joy + Target
Creative Direction by Joy Cho
Video by Jenner Brown
Production & Styling by Julia Wester
Hair & Makeup by Danielle Walch
Photo stills by Casey Brodley

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