Missing that sun-kissed skin at the beach? It is normal to crave nature leisure and the joys of a vacation while you have to stay at home. However, going outdoors would not be the wisest thing to do right now in order to protect yourself and your loved ones. Therefore, the best thing to do would be reminiscing about your past holiday memories in some very creative ways. Yes, you can exercise your crafting skills and make DIY travel keepsake crafts to organize and display your holiday souvenirs! Here are some recommendations from us:
1 | Create a memorable frame
Instead of simply placing a photo in a frame, it would be more fun to create a photo frame that displays a collection of your favorite holiday photos and souvenirs, and you can even add a certain theme of your choice to it. What’s more? You can create multiple frames to decorate your bedroom with.
You will need a few essential tools, such as a pair of scissors, mounting tape, double tape, some photos, souvenirs, and paper accessories. Pick a shadow box frame, so you can easily arrange your 2-dimensional photos along with 3-dimensional objects, such as souvenir magnets, from your previous trip collection in it. All you need to do is arrange and tape all the things of your choice inside the frame as you please.
Tips: Be mindful of the frame size and how many items you want to include, so that it does not get too crowded.
2 | Make a photo garland
Want to add a new touch to your room while simultaneously reflecting all the happy memories you have had during your past vacations? Then, make this craft project now! Choose a theme, print out your best pictures, and make a super easy photo garland.
Select any color of paper and photo series that you love. Get some craft ropes or a small ribbon to make the garland. If you’ve got perforated paper, then you can just weave the rope in and adjust the length. Otherwise, punch a few holes on one side of the paper. Then glue the photos in the center of each paper, let dry, and finish the other end of the paper with a V-shaped cut. If you want, you can also write on, paint or add some text with letter stickers to decorate your photo banners. Place the photo garland on your preferred wall and enjoy dreaming about your next exciting trip.
Tips: Add some backdrop to the garland to give it a touch of uniqueness.
3 | Scrapbook your favorite travel memories
This one is ideal for those who don’t want to stick anything on their bedroom wall. A scrapbook is a great way to display keepsakes from your travels and trips. Juts open the book and revisit all the fond memories. It is easy to move around, so when things get better, you can share your past traveling experiences with your friends and colleagues by showing them the scrapbook that you made all by yourself.
You can choose to buy a multiple-page scrapbook and fill the pages, or you can get loose pages and do one page at a time as we have sampled here. So when you are ready and done making them, just bind the pages together into your personalized travel scrapbook. Either way, it is important to prepare a theme, print all the suitable photos, collect your precious mementos, and print some words to give it a story form. Design and arrange all the things that you’ve picked for a theme and glue them accordingly to your scrapbook paper.
Tips: You can adjust the level of the photos with mounting tape to add height and create dimensions for a fine finish.
4 | Make a calendar cover with your holiday photos
Who doesn’t bring a camera on a holiday trip? You must have captured many fun-filled moments on your holiday photos and some of them instantly bring back those memories when you look at them. Well, how about looking at the calendar to keep track of time and reminiscing about your past traveling experiences at the same time? Create a DIY calendar and choose your best holiday photos to decorate each month. It’s easy, fun, and will bring positive vibes to you during these difficult times.
The procedure to make this calendar is quite simple. Just take a thick paper and cut it to the size of A4 paper for a portrait calendar or fold an A4 paper to create a smaller landscape desk calendar. Print your photos to a postcard size or any size you need. Glue the photo on the top center of the paper and be mindful of the margins. For the portrait-size calendar, make a pair of holes below the attached photo. Then take a postcard-size blank paper and punch another pair of holes with the exact distance. Take a craft rope or ribbon and tie the two papers together.
Tips: You can just change your monthly calendar without having to change the photo. Handwrite the calendar and practice your lettering skill to name each month. You can also buy letter stickers and just place them where you like.
5 | Make a mini travel memory box
Does a scrapbook seem bothersome to you? No worries. You can try a keepsake box instead. Keep all your travel keepsakes, including printed photos, tickets, souvenirs, jewelry, and other small items in there. You can take any small second-hand box and put your travel collection in it as it is, but it would be lovely if you can decorate and personalize the box to make it more special.
We reused two sizes of tin boxes for this project. The smaller one is cool to hold several mini travel photos while the larger one is spacious enough to store some souvenirs as well. Prepare your craft paper and measure it in the size of the base of the boxes. Then fold the paper three times, or more if you like. The objective is to make an accordion fold that will be the multiple spaces to display the mini photos. Arrange and glue your photos to the paper using mounting tape. Print some favorite words and include them in your design.
Tips: Make sure you print the right size of mini photos to ensure that they fit.
All these DIY travel keepsake display ideas will keep you occupied and will help you stay positive during this stay-at-home period. With vacationing being off the cards, you can cherish the treasured memories from your previous vacations. And we hope that by doing so, you’ll be inspired to make plans for your future holidays. But until things get better, #StayAtHome; #TravelTomorrow