So you’ve gone on a trip and went a little crazy buying and gathering souvenirs from every city you stepped foot in – now what? Here’s how to make your collectibles go from random (and a little inconvenient) to stylish and useful.
We all love a bit of memorabilia from overseas travels, interstate trips or even just a road trip to the nearest coast. But haven’t we all been there for the aftermath? Unpacking the suitcase often comes with thoughts of, ‘Did I really need 13 “Cairns” fridge magnets?!’
Sure, we give many away as gifts to family and friends, but what do we do with the ones we love and definitely want to keep? Here are some quick and simple DIY décor ideas that will do your souvenirs justice rather than having them hidden away in the bottom drawer!
Travel Mason Jars
A customised travel jar with beachy souvenirs. Image via Pinterest.
Yes, that’s right – yet another good use of mason jars! This one’s super simple: grab a mason jar (an old jam jar will do) and fill it with small photos, sand and shells, little Eiffel Towers or Big Bens, and whatever else your travel-bitten heart desires!
Shadow Box Wall Art
Memorable keepsakes in shadow boxes found on Design Aglow.
Shadow boxes are great because they work simultaneously as a shelf and as wall art, i.e. a perfect solution to your souvenir needs! For this to work, you need to allocate wall space and measure out exactly how many shadow boxes can fit in that space.
Organise your shadow boxes as you would a gallery wall. In each box, organise tickets, postcards and souvenirs as a tribute to each city. Keep a similar layout in each of the boxes for a standout feature that isn’t messy.
Glass Christmas Ornaments
This tropical souvenir ornament is just perfect for the Christmas tree! Image via Pinterest.
These are ideal for those who want to see their souvenirs but don’t have the space, or simply don’t want them out every day. You’ll be displaying them over Christmas, which guarantees that they’ll be relived once a year.
Buy transparent ornaments (glass or plastic) big enough to fit your mementos. Fill them enough for each little hanging ornament on your tree to resemble a city from your travels. Perfect for storytelling on Christmas day!
DIY souvenir coasters as shown in Elle.
For the more paper-based souvenirs, this DIY is a winner. It prevents your postcards, maps and tickets from ripping or fading. Turning them into coasters means that you’ve made practical use of them around the house!
This one requires a little more craftiness, but they’ll be around a lot longer and are suitable for everyday use. Grab some square ceramic tiles from your hardware store along with decoupage glue, acrylic sealer and cork squares for backing. Get the step-by-step directions from Elle.