April 3, 2014

Make It: Beach Vacation Memory Jar

It's Spring Break time and I thought it would be a great time to share my Beach Vacation Memory Jars. This is a fun project whether you're documenting a recent trip or have a little vacation sand stashed away from a past trip. If you're at the beach right now, even better! Looking out our windows here, a beach getaway sounds fabulous!



We're at home this break, but we've been fortunate to take beach vacations in past years. With more snow in the forecast for the end of the week, I thought it would be fun to share a few favorite spring break photos from past trips and a fun keepsake project.

Supplies Needed for Beach Vacation Memory Jars

  • Jar with Cork Stopper (I found mine in the Target Dollar Spot)
  • Large Paperclip
  • Vacation Photo (Mine's about 3"x4")
  • Sand or Shells
  • Embellishments (optional)


Remove the label. Wash and thoroughly dry your jar so it's not wet when you add your sand. For the photo holder top, use a knife to put a slit in the top of the cork. Press the paperclip into the cork. Mine fit tightly, but if yours doesn't add a little glue to hold it in place.


The paperclip works great to hold your favorite vacation photo or souvenir postcard. I added some titles and and the year in Adobe Photoshop Elements before printing.


Add your sand and/or shells and embellish if desired. I tied some baker's twine around mine.


This idea can be adapted to any bottle or jar you like. Choose a jar to fit your keepsakes. Instead of a photo holder top, you could drop the photo right into the jar with your beach treasures.

Here's a jar I put together years ago when the kids were pretty little after a trip to Naples. It's pretty simple. Drop in some sand and shells and add a favorite beach photo. I used alphabet stamps to add the location to a simple card stock tag and dropped that in too. The jar is a cracker jar with a screw-on lid.


As you can see, any jar, bottle or glass container will work. Here are a couple of adorable versions that my creative sister put together after their trip to Hilton Head.




For the larger one, she used a simple glass vase adorned with ribbon and rub-on transfers. The wide opening made it easy to add the sand dollar, shells and photo collage. The straight-sided bottle is also decorated with rub-ons from the craft store. Doesn't it look cute on it's side like that?

Pretty much anything goes! Even colored bottles work;)


Start your memory jar collection today. Have fun reminiscing, and I'd love to see your finished projects. Leave me a link in the comments of this post or tag me on Instagram.

No sand right now? Pin this idea so you remember it for your next beach trip:)



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