Wanderlust Wisdom: How to Display Travel Souvenirs
Summer travels are nearing an end and kids are heading back to school. That means a slew of wonderful memories accompanied by tangible souvenirs with nowhere to put them… Am I right?! For example, when I was a kid I collected spoons from our road trip travels while my brother collected shot glasses. They now sit snuggled in a box somewhere in the garage. Does this sound familiar? Though some travel souvenirs definitely do not belong on a shelf (flamingo snow globe anyone?), there is a way to incorporate your nostalgic mementos without appearing like a roadside convenience store. How? Let’s take a look.
- One of my favorite ways to remember a place I’ve visited is to buy postcards. Though I do take a lot of pictures of places, I don’t print them out anymore. A 25-cent postcard is a great and easy memento. Turn it into a scrapbook of places you’ve visited and leave it out on your coffee table.
- Travel jars work well for kids. You can set up a scavenger hunt during the trip to have them look for specific items. Collect them at the end to make a travel jar to put in their rooms or on the mantle.
- Frame your collection. If you’re a shell collector, place them in a frame. The image above illustrates a wonderful display of shells that not only shows off the shells beautifully, but also acts as a home décor accent.
- Hang a cut off suitcase on the wall to act as a shelf to display various souvenirs from your trip.
- My husband and I collect a children’s book from each country and city we go to. This US map bookshelf would be a fun way to show where we bought them.
- Frame your vintage travel posters on the wall. These are always in style.
- Cloche display cases are my favorite way to decorate as of late. Place a couple of souvenirs in them to create a tabletop vignette.
- Shadow boxes are a lovely way to create a vignette from your travels. Use a postcard, flag, some stamps, and a 3D object to make it visually interesting.
Where did you go this summer? What did you buy as a souvenir? And how are you going to display it? TELL ME please!