Vacation in a Mason Jar

I find that the older I get, the less excited I am about bringing home souvenirs and trinkets from vacations. Maybe it's because I feel like I'm in a constant fight with clutter in our home and I don't want introduce a bunch of things that don't truly have a purpose or place.

What I am excited about bringing home though are memories of incredible experiences, great conversations, and lots of adventures. Storing those things doesn't take up any physical space, but sometimes I wish I had a visual reminder of them. Photos are wonderful for that (and boy did I take a whole mess of photos on our recent trip to St. Barth), but having something tangible is fun too.

When we were in St. Barth, one of my absolute favorite parts of the trip was visiting all the gorgeous beaches. I wanted to bring something back that I could see and touch to remind me of all the beauty we experienced.

So what did I pick up? Shells. Lots and lots of tiny brown and white shells. They came from, appropriately named, Shell Beach, where we had a lovely beachside lunch one day.

I picked through those shells for about two hours (that's the definition of relaxation to me!) and came home with a bottle full of them. I decided to create the first of what I hope will be many vacations in mason jars. They'll make for a cohesive, pretty display once I've got a few more!

The process was them was easy. I cleaned out an old mason jar, cleaned and dried the shells, put them into the jar, and sealed it up. Done.

I also wrapped some baker's twine around the top of the jar and attached a simple label to it with the name of the place (St. Barth in this case) and the year written on it. The label is just a piece of mailing label stuck onto a piece of washi tape. Easy easy.

I think I'll print an Instagram collage of some of my favorite photos from the trip and stick in in there as well to make it personal. I can't wait to put it out on display. Every time I look at it I smile and it brings back so many great memories of our family vacation this year.

Do you have a special way you remember your vacations?


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  1. What a great idea! I'm always picking up little things on vacation, then don't know what to do with them when I get home. Thanks!

  2. Glad I could help! I'm the same - mostly shells that end up in the back of a drawer somewhere...it's so sad! I think this will be a fun thing to do for each vacation :).

  3. We are planning a vacation for the fall and this will be a great way to remember it. Thanks for sharing. www.mylifeabundant.com

  4. This is a great idea for saving and display holiday momentos- I am totally with you on the avoiding souvenirs to cut down on clutter. I will have to remember this instead. Stunning beach!!

  5. so love it what a great way to capture a memory
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