Every single time I travel I am always looking for fun keepsakes to take back home with me. Whether it’s little knick knacks or home decor pieces, I am always on the lookout for creative ways to show off our travels in our home besides hanging photos or creating photo books. Having these keepsakes always serves as a reminder of the good times my husband and I have had traveling around the world – and now more so because Greyson is traveling with us. Although we have yet to do any big traveling together, we have been able to make it to the most beautiful beaches around.
Our first trip out of the country was when my husband and I first started dating and we went to the beautiful islands of Turks & Caicos. If you haven’t been, or even heard of it, you need to Google it ASAP and realize just how easy it is to get there and how breathtaking the islands are. We loved it so much we went back a couple years later for our honeymoon.
Most recently, we traveled to Kauai, Hawaii, also known as the Garden Isle
, for our first year wedding anniversary (and even came home with an unexpected souvenir
). I had never visited any of the islands of Hawaii before and I was so excited to go with my newly minted husband for a week of relaxing, exploring, and enjoying our first few moments of being husband and wife. We ended up packing so much into our trip like hiking, snorkeling, beach-going, eating and drinking – I can’t wait for us to return one day!
One way I in which I hold onto and display these memories is creating a keepsake from our travels (and life in general) is with these Shutterfly photo books. They’re so easy to make, affordable, and there’s nothing better than looking back through these later all the while having your digital photos from your trips preserved.
While vacationing in Turks the first time, I decided to sneak (even though it’s completely legal) some sand and shells home as a keepsake of our trip (just use an empty water bottle to scoop the sand and shells then pack it away in your bag!). Before I knew it, I was doing this every time we went on a beach vacation. Now I have bags of sand from all over – which is wonderful, but what do I do with it now that we’re back home?
Today I am sharing with you an easy way to show off your travels by collecting sand and making a beautiful candle centerpiece for anywhere in your home. The only materials you need is an imagination, glass candle hurricanes in various sizes, your collected sand, and candles! Here’s how to make an easy DIY travel home decor keepsake:
To create this easy DIY travel keepsake you just need a few, inexpensive, supplies! On my most recent trip to World Market I found these beautiful hurricanes to which I could put my sand and candles in. I love the different sizes they come in and how affordable they are. I love me some Target, but sometimes I feel Threshold overprices some (if not most) of their home decor items. For a glass container I’m only willing to spend a few dollars and these World Market hurricanes work perfectly.
The shells I used with the white candle (a pillar candle also found at World Market) were actually collected by my husband and I in Turks! The ones from our Hawaii trip are actually the shell leis that were given to us by the Sheraton Resort we stayed in while staying on Kauai. I love how they add such a personal touch and not just fake decorations that are store-bought.
This is a closeup of our Turks & Caicos sand when we visited the island of Providenciales. It’s so soft! On one of our excursions we went to a beach known as Shell Beach for the obvious reason that the beach is literally covered in these small shells. We were able to snag a lot of these tiny shells that day while snorkeling and take them home with us.
When we went to Hawaii this past summer we came across this cute soap and candle shop named Island Soap and Candle Works
and they have hundreds of different candles and soaps, which are handmade right there in the store and are locally sourced! My husband picked out a few candles and even sent some home to his mom. This is the rain pillar candle
, which can be ordered and shipped straight from Hawaii.
How do you show off your vacation souvenirs around your home?