Home decor is one of my favorite topics, especially when it involves, maps, vacation photos, and travel souvenirs. Recently I was down in my basement digging through our massive amounts of boxes that have followed my family through many moves. We relocated to our new home a year ago, so there aren’t any cobwebs to fight through and the dust is minimal. However, it’s pretty fascinating what can follow you over the years. When I was younger I collected shot glasses from my travels and I had a lot. I sold all 60-something at a garage sale years ago. Yes, I regret it. But at least I don’t have to worry about what to do with them now. Since then our “souvenir collections” have grown to be more kid-friendly. I found a bag of seashells, stacks of hotel room keys, flat penny passport books, destination animals, and so much more.
Not too long ago I posted about the travel memory jar I created with a classic mason jar and stickers. It really is a fun option for those long trips that families return from with many tiny souvenirs. The one I created from our long cruise and road trip last summer has ticket stubs, photo booth pictures, Dollywood DreamMore Resort souvenir coins, room keys, and the list goes on. But what about the larger items picked up over the years?
This winter I worked with Minted.com and ended up ordering two gorgous decorative jars. The kids and I have been having a great time changing up our home decor simply with these two pieces, Bubble Apothecary Jar and Trophy Apothecary Jar, for travel souvenirs.
First, we filled them with Mardi Gras beads from New Orleans, candies for Valentine’s Day, even oranges when our fruit bowl ran over. This summer we’re planning on filling them with sand and seashells I came across in the basement from our beachy trips. These jars and their contents make great conversation pieces and the fact that they are ever changing keeps things interesting.
If you’re in a quandary about what to do with your mementos, check these pieces out. They’re large so there is plenty of space for your collections and look beautiful on a dining room table.
This post has affiliate links which may result in The Vacation Gals receiving a small commission.