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.Since 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.Right 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.Occasionally 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!