Creative ways to display your travel souvenirs

One of the best parts of summer travel isn’t the tan lines or the tasty boardwalk treats, it’s the takeaways like seashells, postcards or ticket stubs that hitch a ride home in your suitcase. Before tossing these tokens into your forgotten box of keepsakes, why not instead display them creatively around your home? Here are five of my favorite ways to stylishly preserve and display your travel souvenirs.

Decoupage

Transform your paper-based mementos, such as maps, postcards or brochures, into something decorative with the help of decoupage. This crafting technique can be applied to nearly any surface {think tile coasters, rock paperweights or wooden picture frames} and helps to preserve your pieces in the process. Not only is this a unique way to display your travel souvenirs, but it can also become a family-friendly activity. 

{From: Who We Wander.}

{From: Who We Wander.}

Bottle it up

Glass containers are a staple in every homeowners accessories arsenal, and make for the perfect vessel to display a few scoops of sand and seashells from your latest getaway. Cluster a few containers together, in varying shapes and sizes, for a statement souvenir display. Label or tag them with the locales from which you snagged your samples. For a unique trip down memory lane, layer sand from each destination in a single container and overtime you’ll create a stunning keepsake.

Memory boxes

Create a special place for each of your vacations’ keepsakes by stowing them in customized boxes. Paint the outside of an unfinished wooden box {found in various sizes and styles at your local craft store} a color that matches your space’s palette. Embellish with gems, stamps, tape or stickers and be sure to write or stencil the destination’s name on the outside. Store your mementos inside your custom creation and display throughout your home.

{From: Martha Stewart.}

{From: Martha Stewart.}

Framed mementos

Picture frames don’t always have to house a photograph, instead display your travel souvenirs in a framed collage. Flat, paper items work best here; amusement park tickets, excursion brochures, receipts and even foreign currency all make for great collage ingredients. For example, I have a small frame with stamps from my honeymoon in Aruba. A framed keepsake collage is a unique and stylish way to freshen up the contents of a frame.

{From: guiddoo.}

{From: guiddoo.}

Mason jar capsule

Start with a large mason jar and a favorite photo from your trip. Place your photo in the back of the jar and fill the front with other knickknacks like carnival tokens, drink umbrellas and your hotel room key. Another spin on this idea, use a mason jar to store that one special item that you aim to collect every trip, such as cocktail napkins with the restaurant’s logo, matchboxes or souvenir key chains.

{From: Good Housekeeping.}

For an everyday reminder of your vacation memories, display your travel souvenirs throughout your home rather than stashing them away. Mix the summer mementos in with your other accessories to share your family’s story. After all, nostalgia never goes out of style! For help showcasing your summer travel finds, contact us to schedule a design consultation.

April Pardoe