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Framed Memento: Hand over Hand

Source: Martha Stewart Baby, Volume 1 Special Issue 2000


Before long, most new parents find themselves adrift in a jumble of precious trinkets: tiny shoes, well-loved toys, embroidered gowns, the lock of hair from baby's first trim. With some creativity, you can use these things to create a poetic record of the first years of life.

Check out our other memory keeping projects for Baby: Book of Firsts, Mother's Journal, Book of Good Wishes, Memory Binder, Baby's Time Capsule, Framed Memento: Shadow Boxes, Arranging Photographs.


  • Watercolor paper

  • Colored pencils

  • Silk mat

  • Silver-leaf frame

  • Wide-satin ribbon

  • Vintage picture nail


  1. For a tender document of you child's growth, splay your sleeping infant's hand (he will be most cooperative in dreamland) across a sheet of watercolor paper, and make an outline with a well-sharpened colored pencil. Repeat with the same hand on the same piece of paper every few months, using a slightly different color each time (we used gray, dark blue, and light blue).

  2. After the first year, carefully write your child's name beneath the image, and have the paper mounted on a silk mat in a silver-leaf frame. Hang it from a wide satin ribbon on a vintage picture-nail (for a similar effect, use epoxy glue to attach a beautiful button to a wide, flat nailhead).

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