Instead of letting your summer vacation memories fade with your souvenirs into the back of a closet, make your travel mementos a part of your home decor. Here are some do-it-yourself ideas for giving your travel tokens a permanent place in your home.
Travel gallery wall
Display art, photos or postcards from your vacation destinations in mismatched frames to create a gallery wall that not only looks chic but reminds you of your travels, like the one from the blog Postcards from Rachel.
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Bring home a small seashell with a hole in it, paint it gold and string it on a chain for a homemade necklace that will bring back vacation memories. Get more details at the blog Madigan Made.
Save used glass jars and fill them with photos, trinkets, currency, sand — whatever you bring back from your trip. Display the memory jars throughout your home or together on a shelf.
Photo letters shadowbox
Use a photo-editing program to print vacation photos in the shape of letters spelling your destination (see Photoshop alphabet frames at designaglowshop.com) and frame it in a shadowbox along with a display of souvenirs.
Fill clear glass ornaments with souvenirs from your vacations to turn your Christmas tree into a travel scrapbook.
Paint a wooden box, decoupage a map onto the top of the lid and fill it with vacation mementos. See the tutorial from Wayfair Ideas & Advice at www.wayfair.com/IdeaLounge. After each trip, add a box to the stack.
Pressed pennies map
If you collect pressed pennies from tourist destinations, chances are they’re stashed in various drawers and boxes around your house. Bring them together and display them on a framed map to document the places you’ve been.
Collect soil samples from the places you visit and display them in small glass vials, like those displayed on the blog Wit & Whistle. Who knew dirt could look so clean?
Create a souvenir dish towel using a menu from a favorite restaurant you visited on vacation. See the tutorial at the Woman’s Day magazine website.