You’ve just returned home from the vacation that you waited so long to take. As you start unpacking your bags, you can’t help but feel like you have a touch of the vacation blues. Your trip was amazing and you wish that you could go back in time and do it all over again. When you start sorting through all of the photos you took, the souvenirs you bought and the little keepsakes that you collected, such as maps and pamphlets, you are eager to display them so that you can easily see them and recall the fond memories you made on your travels.
With a little creativity, you can turn your mementos into beautiful treasures that will help to keep the memory of your vacation alive forever. Here’s a look at a few clever ideas to get you started.
A Photo Accent Wall
Print out you a collection of all of your favorite vacation photos and use them to create an accent wall.
Choose a wall that is easy to see to feature your photos on. Then, start printing out photos of your vacation; it’s OK if there are repeats. You can either hang them directly on the wall using a staple gun, or affix them to contact paper for a little protection and then hang the photo-covered contact paper up on the wall, kind of like wallpaper.
Once the project is complete, you’ll be able to recall fond memories of your vacation whenever you look at it.
Ticket Stub Display
Whether from planes, trains or sites and attractions you visited, if you hold onto ticket stubs that you collected while you were vacationing, turn them into an eye-catching focal point.
Grab an attractive photo frame and instead of using it to display pictures, use it to display your ticket stubs. Arrange the stubs on a piece of paper and secure them in place with some glue or double-sided tape. Place the ticket stub covered paper into the frame and voila! – You have a one-of-a-kind décor element that will look great anywhere. Plus, it will keep your vacation memories alive and well.
Make a Shadowbox
If you have a variety of keepsakes from your trip, gather them up and create a shadow box that pays tribute to your vacation.
This is a simple and affordable way to display your vacation memories – and it takes no more than a few minutes to create. Simply purchase a shadow box at your local craft supply or department store and fill it with chachkies from your trip. Ticket stubs, coasters, bottle caps, drink stirrers, pins and any other small items that you collected while you were traveling can easily be displayed in a shadow box. Once it’s filled, print out a label to identify the collection; the location you traveled and when you visited, for example. Set the complete display on an end table, on a shelf, or display it on a wall.
Wear Your Jewelry
Jewelry is a great way to keep the memories of your vacation alive. Whether it’s a special date ring, a necklace, a pair of earrings or a bracelet, every time you put the piece of jewelry you purchased on your travels on, you’ll instantly be taken back to your vacation.
These are just a few ways that you can keep your travel memories fresh in your mind. Put your thinking cap on and you will be sure to come up with some pretty creative ways to display your adventures.