1. Electroplating (Baby Shoe Bronzing)
Bronzing baby shoes gives you an everlasting reminder of your baby’s first steps. Once bronzed they become a charming ornament. If you want to store them instead of putting them on display you can rest assured that the shoe material won’t disintegrate or that they will ever get damaged. You can do good old fashioned D.I.Y. bronzing on baby shoes too (if you want to ensure that the shoes don’t end up with irreplaceable damage I’d suggest that you get a professional to do it though!). Electroplating specialists usually offer a variety of colours such as bronze, gold and silver. You could try www.caseybrown.co.nz to get your baby’s shoes bronzed. They can also make a bronzed mould of your baby’s hands or feet too.
Design a wooden box to keep their first shoes in. Spotlight stores have a great range of readymade boxes in many sizes. You could line it with plush material to keep them safe and decorate the box in any way you wish. To find a Spotlight store near you visit www.spotlight.co.nz/stores/
3. Shadow Boxes
Get them cased in a shadow box. Shadow boxes are a glass-front case that can function as a wall-hanging frame. This method keeps the shoes as is and means that you can still display them without them getting damaged. A specialist framing shop will sell shadow boxes and they can customise it to the measurements you need. Check out www.factoryframes.co.nz to enquire about shadow boxes.
Keep baby’s first shoes as a Christmas tree decoration- you’ll be reminded every year how tiny they were!
We hope you've found something here that will suit your needs when picking a way to preserve baby's first shoes. If you have kept your baby's first shoes then let us know what you did to preserve them!