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Vacation Souvenir Jars




Rather than letting the rocks and shells you so carefully collect on vacation get lost in a drawer among paper clips and thumbtacks, put the found objects in jars. A small vessel requires only a few items to fill it. Once you label the jars with the place and date and line them up on a shelf, you'll have a time capsule display of trips past.

Commercial straight-sided jars, 8 oz., $3 each, Permanent file-folder labels, by Martha Stewart Home Office With Avery, 9/16" by 31/2", $3 for 120,


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Martha Stewart Living, August 2012



Reviews (5)

  • jordenmill 8 Feb, 2013

    Appreciate your favorite finds from vacation (shells, tickets, beads, rocks, coral, sand) by displaying them in sweet and charming glass jars.

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  • CaribbeanIslandAdventures 14 Sep, 2012

    Martha, please do not encourage shell collection/removal. Removing shells from beaches is not an eco-friendly hobby. Shells are used as homes for other creatures when abandoned, and eroded shells return nutrients to the environment. Removing shells from US National Parks (St John, US Virgin Islands for example) and from ANY beach in the US Virgin Islands is prohibited.

    Rather than remove shells, seaglass makes great souvenirs and is a versatile craft medium.


  • jdylip 28 Jul, 2012

    I found some adorable clear sided paint cans at Michael's that my grandchildren and I used to make memory canisters of our recent vacation to Myrtle Beach. I wrote "Myrtle Beach 2012" on the outside with a paint marker, then we added sand and the sea shells they collected at the beach. They look cute on their book shelves now, but we plan to use them as Christmas ornaments come December.

  • picturetakingmom 24 Jul, 2012

    I do this in a large tall vase. Fill bottom with sand. Layer shells, beach glass, beach tags, etc. and place on a tray. A great reminder of a great vacation.

  • m0mm33 16 Jul, 2012

    Also, if the jar/container is large enough... add a postcard or photo of the destination.