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7 DIY Ways to Display Your Travel Souvenirs

October 19, 2020 4 min read

Whether you favor a cheap and cheerful postcard, a pretty pressed penny or even a myriad of maps from your travels, finding ways to display your vacation souvenirs in your home can be tricky.

Fortunately, for those that don’t want their travel tokens to sit in a cupboard collecting dust, there are several display options that you can choose from. Plus, they can all be created with minimal time, effort, and expense!

From DIY map coasters to homemade keepsake boxes, beach-inspired memory jars to a Travel t-shirt quilt, keep reading to discover the top seven do-it-yourself ways to display your travel souvenirs.

1.  Postcard breakfast tray

Who doesn’t like to pick up a postcard or two when on vacation or enjoying a day out at a new place? It doesn’t even matter if you have no intention of sending them, purchasing a postcard is almost a rite of passage when you go abroad, acting as a permanent visual reminder of your trip.

That being said, more often than not, postcards do not even make it out of your suitcase and are forgotten about until the next time you go away and find them when packing.

Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the case. There is a way in which you can proudly display your postcards and enjoy them every day.

All you need to do is make a postcard breakfast tray.

Not only is this a great option if you don’t have a lot of wall space, but it also keeps your postcards in mint condition, allowing you to enjoy these travel souvenirs indefinitely.

Top tip:Why not write a specific memory about your vacation on the back of a few of your postcards and display them this side up for an even more memorable keepsake?

2.  Travel T-shirt Quilt

If you have kids, you will know that they love to take home a Travel Souvenirs t-shirt every time they go on vacation, or even just after a day out at a theme park. However, after wearing said t-shirt for two weeks solidly upon their return home, pausing briefly to allow you to wash it, they then get discarded to the bottom of the wardrobe, never to be worn again.

Thankfully, there is something you can do with all these t-shirts that your kids will not only love but also get lots of use out of; make a t-shirt blanket.

Whether you have a young child or a teenager, children of all ages love to cuddle up with a cozy blanket and what could be better than a personalized, custom t-shirt blanket that is adjourned with memories from all their childhood vacations?

Top tip:Don’t stop at travel t-shirt quilts. You can make a personalized blanket from any material or fabric that you no longer need.

3.  Vacation memory jar

Do your kids love collecting seashells when they go to the beach? Of course, they do! And, more often than not, do their findings make their way into your suitcase and brought back home?

 If yes, then this DIY vacation memory jar is the perfect solution for you. Simply take a glass jar, fill with your sand, shells, and anything else that your little ones found and want to keep and then finish with a stripy ribbon.

The best thing about this homemade travel display? You can get your kids involved in the creative process, letting them arrange and rearrange their own souvenirs as many times as they want!

Top tip:Place your jar in the bathroom for an instant nautical vibe.

4.  Map coasters

For those that are prone to bringing back maps from their road trips or vacations abroad, this is the DIY craft project for you. All you need is some Mod Podge, clear glue and a few tiles or squares of cork, and the maps themselves of course.

Not only are these DIY coasters great for placing your drinks on, but they can also be given as gifts to friends and family members. It’s a lot more interesting than simply giving them something you picked up in duty-free!

Top tip:Why not try making map paperweights too?

5.  Pressed pennies souvenir map

Speaking of maps, if you always return from a day out with some sort of commemorative penny, then you need to have a go at creating this straightforward, yet visually stunning pressed penny souvenir map.

Simply frame a map and hang on a wall; be sure to choose a space where everyone can enjoy your creation, and then add your pressed pennies to the countries, states, or cities in which you got them.

Top tip:You can even mark the ground you’ve travelled using a piece of string from penny to penny.

6.  Keepsake box

Simple yet impactful, making your own DIY keepsake box is a great way to showcase your travel souvenirs. Plus, you can customize the design to suit your own personal tastes and to match your home’s interior décor.

You could keep the box plain, or you could stencil the name of the place you visited on the front or even make a collage of your travel photos on it. As you travel to more places, you can make more boxes and then, once you have a collection, you could create an eye-catching display either on a simple shelf or within a cabinet.

Top tip:Hang a cut-off suitcase on the wall for a quirky, one-of-a-kind travel shelf!

7.  Magnetic wall

Some people just can’t stop themselves from buying travel magnets when they go away. Available in pretty much every souvenir shop you can find worldwide; these pretty and colorful mementos are normally displayed on the fridge.

However, once you get over a certain amount, your fridge can start looking more cluttered than charming. If this is the case for you, you might want to build your very own magnetic wall.

Perfect for brightening up a dark corner or hallway, simply purchase some magnetic primer, apply to your chosen wall, or surface and then paint in your preferred color. Hey, presto! A magnetic wall that will confidently hold hundreds of your magnificent magnets.

Top tip:You will need roughly five coats of magnetic primer to create an effective magnetic wall.


If you don’t feel comfortable sewing yourself, you could contact My T-shirt Blanket for professional help.

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