Sep 082011
 
baby nursery ideas with heirloom baby clothing display

Heirloom display of baby keepsakes is a gentle reminder of infancy

Baby clothes. Tiny little outfits, some for everyday, some for special occasions that etch a memory on a parent’s heart. Most often carefully packed away in storage boxes until time to pass on as heirlooms to the next generation. Do you have any heirloom baby clothing packed away? If you do, why not display it as art in a baby nursery or kid’s room?

Framed, hanging, or displayed on a shelf, heirloom baby clothing as art creates an excellent focal point in a kid’s room.

heirloom baby clothing display for baby nursery ideas

Frame creates a boundary around the focal-point sweater, but hanging the sweater makes for easy rotation with other baby essentials as they are outgrown. Nice balance with toys on the dresser.

 

baby nursery ideas with heirloom baby clothing display

Vintage window frame creates a backdrop for the baby blessing gown.

 

baby nursery ideas with heirloom baby clothing display

Love the simplicity of hanging a beautiful smocked infant dress on a clothesline but it needs more to anchor the dress. Perhaps furniture below or painted trees on either side to attach the clothesline.

 

baby nursery ideas with heirloom baby clothing display in shadowbox

Shadow box holds first outfit, hospital cap, and newborn photo for remembering the first day of life.

 

baby nursery ideas with heirloom baby clothing display

Framed niche in the wall has compartments for clothing, photos, baby jewelry, and footprints. Could be used for newest family member as each new addition arrives and older sibling graduates to toddler room.

 

baby nursery ideas with heirloom baby clothing display

Refinish old frames and use for baby clothing display. Neutral background against white frame enhances clothing.

 

baby nursery ideas with heirloom baby clothing display

To avoid color bleed, be sure any backing used when framing heirlooms is acid-free, especially when using intense colors.

 

baby nursery ideas with heirloom baby clothing display in shadowbox

Nice display of baby shoes with shadowbox frame. Contrast of white frame and background draws the eye straight to the shoes.

 

baby nursery ideas with heirloom baby shoes display

Bring out those bronzed baby shoes if yours are hiding in a closet somewhere….or maybe your parents have a pair. They are definitely vintage heirlooms now!

 

baby nursery ideas with heirloom baby clothing display

Mix up the display methods like this photo. Add a photo and this would be perfect!

 

Include proper care when deciding how to display baby clothing, no matter the age of the piece. They will quickly become heirlooms. Display textiles in low light, avoiding direct sun and fluorescent lights. When framing, don’t allow textiles to touch glass. Consider rotating items, displaying for a while then replacing with other special articles. Rotation protects heirlooms while keeping the display from growing passé.

Baby clothes become treasured family keepsakes, whether from the last five years or the last fifty. When displayed as room accessories or art, these tiny heirlooms are definitely a topic of conversation within the family.

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Other posts in the Teaching Kids Family History with Heirloom Accessories series:

  1. Heirloom Accessories: Using Family Photos
  2. Heirloom Accessories: Using Vintage Toys
  3. Heirloom Accessories: The Family Tree
  4. Heirloom Accessories: Baby Clothing as Art
  5. Heirloom Accessories: Antique Kid’s Furniture

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