Summer Vacation Mementos

Summer is coming to a close, and so is our "vacay" time.

Maybe a few of you have made trips to the beach, or have ventured out of the country for a little summer getaway. I noticed that during my travels I tend to collect the odd bits to remind me of my trip. Shells from the beach, pebbles from a hike, a goofy coaster from a cool bar...all kinds of interesting odds and ends. When I get home, I look at them again, think about the fun I had, and then shove them in the nearest drawer. I usually don't see them again until I get into "cleaning mode" and rediscover my little "finds!" This year, I have decided to do something special with my treasures from my summer beach trips. This way, I can look at them throughout the year instead of once in a blue moon.

Now, I just need some ideas to create a format for showing them off! So I've been searching the DIY spots for inspiration. I found a bunch of nice ones. I hope they inspire you, too. Whatever you create, it will probably only have meaning for you and your family or friends. That's fine! That's the beauty of creating something so personal, and reflecting on that special time – when seeing it again that gives us joy...

Here are my favorite ideas for summer mementos from a few fabulous DIY blogs.

Silver Seashells

Antique Silver Seashells Summer Mementos I’ll start with the easiest way to put those treasures on display. I’ve noticed metallic seashells in all the home accessory shops. They are just fabulous! This tutorial takes your beach finds to a new level with a little help from a can of spray paint. Take a look at how beautiful these came out. To see these beauties in progress click here.


Seashell Covered Letters

Seashell Covers Letters Summer Mementos Moving to a little higher degree of difficulty, this project would be perfect for any room or even a gift. With these adorable sea shell letters you can create a monogram, or words that inspire. I could even see this as a replacement for your summer wreath. Click here for step by step video instructions.


Sea Shell Mosaics

Seashell Mosaics Summer Mementos This next idea would be great for kids and adults alike. It takes all your treasures from the beach like sea shells, sea glass, marbles and anything else you find interesting and puts them on display in a neat way. These little mosaics would make great coasters, hanging art work, or maybe even steps in the garden. This tutorial uses plaster of Paris but I think you could take the same idea and use a concrete mix for steps in the garden. Click Here to see the step by step photo tutorial.


Christmas Ornaments

Christmas Beach Ornaments Summer Mementos Last, but not least, we loved this Christmas ornament idea. This particular blog showcases a lovely summer tree but how fabulous would it be to have little reminders of the warm summer months to come during the Winter holidays, when it is so chilly. Take a look here on how to make your own.


Have you made something fabulous with your summer mementos? Leave us a comment and let us know, we’d love to hear all about it.

Sincerely, Janie's Signature Janie Ellis, RID, ASID-IP, CF, Master Artisan janie@anythingbutplain.com