DIY: Vacation Jars

When we travel I save everything from our adventures. Ticket stubs, maps, brochures, fliers, little keepsakes, all of it. I’d scrapbook them occasionally but mostly these things would sit in a box I would peruse once a year, debating if I should toss it all. Our move really made me think about a solution to this issue since the goal was to pare down our belongings to essentials.

Unintentionally I found the greatest solution. As they always do, Young House Love provided genius inspiration for what to do with all of my travel treasures: Vacation Jars! Basically you put all of your keepsakes into a jar to put on display instead of having all of your treasures sit in a box unseen.

I started by buying a case of 32 oz. Mason Ball jars at A.C. Moore. I trimmed down all of my keepsakes to jar height. I laid them all out on the floor so I could make a mock up of the arrangement.

Here is when into our Portland, Maine jar:


I carefully placed all of my items in the jar so they would each show. Here’s the finished jar, front and back:


I repeated this same process with 12 more jars. Some of my favorite ones are…

Our 2010 Cross Country Road Trip Jar:


(I say 2010 because we’re planning another cross country road trip for 2012, stay tuned.)

Our Vermont Jar:


Our Honeymoon Jar:


Our Boston Jar (yes, it’s totally legit to have a Hometown Jar):


Our full collection of vacation jars in the office:


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About Domestocrat

I'm a lady who enjoys photography, football, cooking, long drives with the windows down, This American Life, cereal, going to shows, scarves, kettlecorn, Gwen Stefani, yoga, my nephews, my cat Reggie, and my home: Boston.
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9 Responses to DIY: Vacation Jars

  1. aweightymix says:

    SUCH a cute idea! Lovelovelove it. Looks great on the shelves, too!

  2. janeboston says:

    this is such a cute idea, i love it!

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