Been There, Done That: 9 Ways to Bring Your Vacation Home
Make the memories last with these keepsake ideas for every kind of trip.
Just a guess, but I'll bet you have big plans for summer vacation. Maybe you’re going to a music festival, camping in the mountains, relaxing on the beach or adventuring abroad. (Seriously, can I tag along?)
Wherever you wander, you’ll want to savor those memories long after the trip’s over. We’ve broken down some clever keepsake ideas to help commemorate your summer adventures.
For Every Destination
Higlight Your Headboard
Susan Teare, Design by Joanne Palmissano, Photo by Susan Teare
No matter where you're headed, it's safe to say that you'll find postcards along the way. To display them back home, wrap your headboard with twine and use clothespins to highlight special locations from your trip.
Design a Gallery Wall
As an alternative, you can also create a gallery wall for your collection. Print pics from your trip and pair them with postcards, tickets and maps, or frame several pages from the same atlas. Using frames in similar sizes and shapes will help achieve a cohesive yet collected aesthetic.
For the Music Fest
Show Off Your Lineup
Lanyards, stickers, tickets and wristbands are necessities at concerts, but can seem pointless to keep once the show’s over. To give these tokens new purpose, hang them from a length of twine in order of each event. Now you have a band-inspired banner.
Upcycle Those T-Shirts
After all the music festivals you’ve attended, you probably have quite the t-shirt collection. Set aside the ones you love but don’t wear as often and upcycle them into decorative rugs and throw pillows for your bedroom.
For the Mountains
Sketch Your Surroundings
Rather than pick and preserve flowers during your stay in the mountains, consider sketching the local flora and fauna in a notebook. Not only will your drawings be easier to display in picture frames later, but they’ll also help conservation efforts.
Pick Your Park
Of course, if you really want to bring the great outdoors into your home, you can always draw color-inspiration from our national park palettes or purchase vintage posters of your favorite landmarks.
For the Beach
Save the Sand and Sea Glass
Heading to the beach this weekend? Bring a mason jar to fill with small treasures like sand, sea glass and shells. Once you get home, you can top the stack with tea lights to create a custom candle.
For the Adventure Abroad
Reimagine Luggage Tags
If you’re like me, you might have a habit of saving every little thing from your trip, luggage tags included. Instead of letting these travel essentials gather dust in a drawer, repurpose them into mini-wallets or napkin holders that you can use on a daily basis.
Maps, Maps, Maps
Now that you've trotted across the globe, you might develop a mild of case of wanderlust upon returning home. Keep the post-trip blues at bay by mounting a vintage map to your mantel or wall where you can enjoy it every day.