19 Easy Ways to Show Off Your Souvenirs at Home
Keep your vacation memories where you can enjoy them all year: as delightful decor in your home. These clever ideas will have you rethinking the mementos you pick up along your travels!
Photo By: Jason Deines
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Serve Up Reminders
“When I travel, I tend to skip the cheesy souvenir shops,” says Ginnie Leeming of Hello Little Home. “Instead, I look for souvenirs that will fit in with my decor.” This beautiful hand-painted bowl adds an inviting touch to the kitchen countertop and reminds Leeming of the lively colors and surroundings she experienced while visiting Mexico. “From the beautiful ocean sunsets to the local markets, vibrant color is everywhere there,” she recalls.
Find Your Seat
Without a purpose, says Erin Souder, owner of Earnest Home co., a travel souvenir is just a knick-knack. “If I can, I like to bring back textiles, art prints or little bowls for nuts or candy. Sometimes, if I fall in love with a piece, it forces me to think outside of the box, which is fun!” This kilim runner-turned-upholstery is a gorgeous example. “It would have been great in a long hallway,” Souder says of the textile, “but I don’t have any hallways in my house, so using it to upholster something was my next thought. A long bench showcases the pattern the best and paired well with my farmhouse dining table, so it was a win-win!”
Keep It Popping
Celebrate fond memories long after the bottles are empty with this uber-creative use of corks. Souder is the oenophile behind this cute and useful craft. “I’m a big wine fan and have a lot of bottles that were special or that I wanted to remember,” she says. “Typically, I write the date on the end of the cork as well, so this was a way to display them in a functional way.” While this may be a project that’s in the works for a while, we think getting there is (more than) half the fun. Cheers!
Beautify the Bookshelf
Vacation in a Jar
“All of these beach treasures came from the shorelines of southwest Florida, Sanibel and Captiva,” says Ramberg. “They are some of the best souvenirs, as long as the shell is empty! They're gorgeous, free and can be easily incorporated into home decor in any number of ways." After collecting her beachy finds, Ramberg enjoyed hunting down the antique aqua Mason jars to display them. She points out the bubbles captured in the old glass, a fun detail that adds to the underwater appeal.
Stitch a Ride
Favorite Fabric Finds
Each time Laura Ingalls Gunn of Decor to Adore visited family in England, she was drawn to the colorful souvenir tea towels she spotted in the shops. When her son asked to inject a bit of British flair into the family’s sunroom, she finally had a perfect use for those stashed-away linens. “The beauty of tea towels is that they are sold everywhere and generally inexpensive to purchase,” Gunn says. “You can create an envelope-back pillow in a matter of minutes.” Finishing off the cushions with coordinating remnants and fun trim really makes them pop.
As boring as a box of rocks? This incredible DIY is anything but! One of our favorites from Joni Lay, a few hardware-store staples are reimagined into a showplace for a summer’s worth of collecting adventures. The pegboard grid allows for a variety of shapes and sizes of rocks and stones, and the result is as customized as they come!