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Wood and Neon Lanyard Jewelry
Lengths of Day-Glo lanyard get a grown-up upgrade in these fun accessories. Before your next trip, pack lanyard and wooden beads and bangles in a totable zip-top bag. Hours spent in the car or on a plane will fly by.
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Cross-Stitch Family Portraits
This portable cross-stitch project is perfect for a long car ride or a day at the beach. Stitch your family members' portraits, adding in summery accessories like a kite or sunglasses. After the vacation, frame the finished project for a sweet souvenir.
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Help your little one make a family of fuzzy animals uisng pom-poms, felt, and thread. To pass the time on a long trip, use a pom-pom maker (available at crafts supply stores) to fashion pom-poms out of yarn. Planning a shorter getaway? Swap in store-bought pom-poms for handmade ones.
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Before going on vacation, decorate blank journals for each of your kids using adhesive letters and cutouts. Bring along colored pencils and stickers so your children can document the trip in vibrant detail.
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Use momentos collected on vacation -- seashells, rocks, tickets, or trinkets -- to create miniature landscapes in glass jars. When you return home, put the jars on display to remind the whole family of the enjoyable adventure.