Memory jars are cheap and easy way to display keepsakes from travels. For those of us on Lit Adventures, they are a way to remember these moments and display them in your home.
I borrowed this from Young House Love, my favorite home improvement/decor blog. According to their post, they saw the idea in a Pottery Barn magazine.
When I read about these travel memory jars, they reminded me of the dream jars the giant keeps in Roald Dahl's The BFG. I new these would be a great way for me to commemorate some of my travel adventures and would fit right into my barbrary.
Here is what you need to make them:
- Masking tape
The keepsakes you put in your jar can vary, too. Cheap keychains, pens or magnets fit great in these jars. Postcards, small brochures and receipts also work well. If you decide to use something like sand, seashells, rocks or other natural materials, be respectful of how much you take and no that it is illegal to remove these items in some places. (Read my post from La Push, Wash., here, which touches on that more.)
As an example, for my Seattle 2012 jar, I included a keychain with an image of the Seattle skyline, my receipts from the original Starbucks and my delicious lunch at Pike Street Market and the handwritten directions I received to find one of my destinations.
For a funny, more personal reminder, I included the $40 parking ticket I received, and the paperwork used to dismiss it. (Quick sidenote: The phone agent I spoke to with Seattle's parking services was one of the nicest, most helpful people I have ever talked with to resolve an issue. It was a reminder to me of the importance of being nice to people, especially if you want their help.)
For the best fit and overall appearance, I suggest you keep the number of items between three and five.
Once you place your items in the jar in a manner that appeals to you, write a brief description of your adventure, including location and time. For example, I wrote "LauraPalooza 2012 - Mankato, Minn." on my jar for that conference.
Display your finished products as you like. Bookshelves are a natural fit, and I will proudly place mine on shelves in my barbrary.
How do you display keepsakes from your trips?
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