8 Genius Ways To Display Your Travel Keepsakes

February 03, 2016 | Storage & Organisation | Travel
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With every trip comes its set of souvenirs and keepsakes. Even if you’re not the type that would buy cheesy travel souvenirs, seemingly miniscule items like sand from your favorite beach or an old train ticket can turn themselves into a meaningful memento!


Here are 8 ways you can get creative with displaying or storing your travel keepsakes!


1. A wall full of photos


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Skip the wallpaper and embellish your wall (or walls) with your favorite snaps taken during your trips! To keep to a consistent look, print your photos in either square or rectangle shapes so they will look nicely aligned when pasted or hung.


This is where you can bring out all those random Polaroid photos you’ve taken as well. Pasting them with some cute washi tape or simple masking tape will add a minimal and raw aesthetic to your space.


2. Keepsake Jars


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It’s time for you to get creative here! Bring out all your old empty jars and fill them up with travel memorabilia. If you don’t have jars lying around at home, go on a flea-market jaunt and pick some up.


The keepsake jars could be filled with sand from a beach holiday you really enjoyed – or just little knick-knacks you picked up along the way when you were there. To top it all off, label the jars with the names of the places you were at. It’ll make each keepsake jar extra special!


3. Frame those shells


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Picking seashells may be a thing of the past…but here’s a new incentive for you to start collecting them again! Instead of just keeping them in a box, why not frame them up?


It’ll not only make for a unique décor piece – but knowing that these seashells were picked at a time when you were most happy makes it all the more significant!


4. Personalised memento boxes


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We know that travel memento boxes have been around since the beginning of time. Put a spin on the old favorite by DIY-ing each box with the name of the country you have visited. To further personalize them more, wrap each box in the country’s map!


5. Repurposed travel coins


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Don’t chuck away all the coins you’ve collected from your various travel destinations. Take them out use them as a décor piece by framing it up. Since coins already have pretty elaborate designs, it’s better to use a plain frame so that the beauty of the coins can shine through!


6. Souvenir magnets


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Primp up your fridge or noticeboard with DIY magnets made from rocks and seashells from your trips. This idea is quick, easy and cheap to do.


Simply take a trip down to a value store and pick up small plain black magnets. Stick each magnet with double sided tape or heavy-duty glue onto the rock/seashell. Aaaaand, you’re done! Having these magnets on your fridge and noticeboard will surely remind you of the good times you spent on your holiday.


7. Word garland


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Sorely missing a country and wishing you could go back again? To always remind yourself of how amazing that trip was, turn that country’s map into a word garland!


Use a map and trace out the letters of the country or any word you’d like. Stick or hang them on some twine, hang it up and you’re good to go!


8. Photocopied old tickets


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Old train tickets, plane tickets, amusement park tickets and movie tickets will always find some way to bring you back to that time when you were on a holiday. Before the ink fades on those tickets, scan them and arrange the images on a photo-editing tool. Head to a printing shop to get it enlarged so you can frame it.


The colors, shapes, sizes and the different languages on each ticket would make for a pretty neat décor accent!



We’re sure that there are many other ways you can display your travel mementos. What other ideas do you have? Let us know on Facebook!