Vacation Souvenir Jars

Vacation Souvenir Jars

Now that school is out, I know you are probably planning vacations and getaways.  If your like us, you kids want souvenirs but you don’t want to spend a fortune on stuff that will quickly end up lost or in the trash.  Well, how about free souvenirs that you can use to also decorate your home!

We have country kids, so they have always enjoyed the outdoors.  They have been easily entertained with dirt, rocks, shells, and plants.  Even still today at ages 15 & 19!  Good thing is that this stuff is free wherever you go, so here is what we started doing.SoilJarsSince we started doing this we have bought minimal souvenirs.  Maybe an occasional t-shirt or post card, but that’s it!  Our kids still love gathering dirt, sand, rocks, shells, leaves, or whatever from the area we have traveled to.  We pack it in ziploc baggies and bring it home.  We have never had a problem with airport security because it is such a small amount and we just tell them we are using it for souvenirs.  We also add in anything else special or fun that the kids gather from the trip.  One time in Mexico Revyn found a ring in the ocean which she deemed the ocean finger.  It’s now proudly displayed with our Mexico sand and shells.

Once we get home we dry out the dirt and leaves, and bleach or wash anything else.  Once everything is dry we just put it in an empty jar we have around here.  We look at all the pictures and pick one that depicts the area and use it for the label.  Then I print it out on the computer and tie it onto the jar.

Here is a closer view of these.SoilJarsFloridaSoilJarsEnglandRight now we set them on top of some lockers we have, because we have LOTS of jars.  Here are a few pictures to show ya.  Sorry about the bad lighting but it’s in a wider hallway and it’s so difficult to get pictures here.SoilJarsRightSoilJarsLeftOccasionally one may find its way into our home decor, or to school for a project.  We walk by, look at them, and then talk about the fun times we had in whatever place strikes us that day.

I hope you take time to create your own jar of memories on your family vacations this year.  Have a fun-filled summer!

 

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    • Thank you! I totally enjoy your blog and following your amazing talent. I was excited to see a comment! Thanks for making my day.

  1. Shannon, I LOVE these…(AND those lockers!!!!!!!!) and have been doing them for years too. Your daughter found a ring in the Mexican waters, I found a peso (it’s in my jar too). Imagine what else must be down there.

    • First, “Oh my gosh! You are on my blog and leaving a comment!” Thank you!!!! That is so funny. I had broken my toe getting from the big boat into one of the smaller ones that take you to the shore in Yelapa. I was a little out of commission, so I drank to numb the pain. She brought it to me and said, “Mom, here’s an ocean finger to make your toe better.” Love these kids.

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  3. I think doing a vacation memory jar is a great idea. I am thinking about doing a few of these for the tickets , brochures and other little things we pick up along the way!

    • Great idea! They are so versatile, and can hold any little things you pick up on your trip. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Thanks! I didn’t have any place big enough for them all, so they ended up on the lockers. Turns out I love them there.

  4. This is such a great idea – I do something similar with our grandchildren, but I think this one would be a favourite.

    • It is so fun to add a picture from your trip on the label to make them personal. Hope you get to make some this summer.

    • Isn’t it funny how collections can bring up emotions in you. I have this cow cookie jar of my Nana’s that I got after she passed away. I remembered this cookie jar going from house to house as she moved throughout the years. It has lots of glued back on parts but I love it.

  5. I love this idea so much!! Wish I started it years ago. Heard of beach sand collections but this is just lovely. Found you via Housekabookdle’s Meet the Neighbors Party. Happy I did!

  6. Great idea – I love it! I’m going to start this awesome idea with the little ones this summer! Thank you for sharing! Will you please come and link up at Merry Monday Linky – we’d love for you to be there! Julia

    • You will look back and on them in years to come and be glad you did. So many memories of family love. Thanks for coming over. I’m linking up there!

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