20 Vacation and Memorykeeping Crafts
Glass Votives and Vases
Love the look of sea glass? Us too. For a waterside-inspired look, wrap decals around pale-glass bottles and votive holders for charming table decorations.
Map-Lined Shadow Box
To corral all the ticket stubs, sand dollars, and souvenirs carefully collected from your last vacation, consider these two options: If you want to display your treasures, line the bottom of a shadow box with a map of the place you went and arrange items on top.
Glass shadow boxes, from $39 each, westelm.com
A seashell pendant makes a lovely natural backing for landscape photos. The images take on a dreamy, painterly quality when printed on decal film and smoothed onto the shells. Thread them with leather cord for necklaces that are far more stylish than your average seaside souvenir.
Photo Throw Pillows
Who says you have to leave the beach behind? You can personalize your home décor with printed photo fabric that can be sewn into pillows; these beach and boat scenes go beautifully with blue-and-white patterned fabrics.
If you'd rather stow them, wrap the map around the lid of an acid-free box. Either way, your mementos will be protected, organized by location, and easy to find on your next trip down memory lane.
Lineco Museum Quality black drop-front boxes, from $22 each, aifriedman.com
Hand-stitch the route you took on a vacation, and frame it. You’ll have a gallery of getaways and a reminder to look back fondly on family adventures -- including that time the car broke down.
Keep treasured dishes in the family by scanning and printing original recipes from everyone's most beloved cook.
Whip up these clever homemade postcards, then drop a bit of summertime into the mail for your friends.
Memory Flip Book
A favorite digital video can be transformed into a photo flip book for repeated enjoyment.
Vintage Album Covers
To add a classic touch to your photo album, replace a plain cover with one of our vintage-inspired templates.
Some items -- like a baby's first bib, or the blanket she came home from the hospital in-- are too precious to give away. Instead, turn them into a baby memory quilt.
Bottle-Cap Magnets and Thumbtacks
A homey take on the traditional locket, bottle caps inset with small black-and-white pictures, can be used as thumbtacks or magnets.
Pay tribute to an honored guest, or display holiday memories on your seasonal tabletop with a set of photo-frame lanterns.