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11 Creative Travel DIY’s You Can Do @ Home

One of my favorite parts of traveling is collecting memories I know will last a lifetime.

For me, this also includes putting together household decor that both looks good and tells my travel stories for me. I put together this list of travel DIY’s you can easily do at home based on things I’ve really done! All of these items can be found in my apartment and helps remind me of where I’ve gone and where I’m going.

I’ve also divided it up into 5 categories based on the type of souvenir that accompanies the craft: beach, maps, money, paper and other.


  • Seashell Jar
    • NEED: Target glass jar + Seashells
      • TIME: 5 mins to put together
seashell jar
  • Sand Dollar Art
    • NEED: Sand Dollar, Target picture frame, mod podge, paint brush
      • TIME: 10 mins craft time, overnight drying time
sand dollar art
  • Starfish Art
    • NEED: Starfish, Target picture frame, mod podge, paint brush
      • TIME: 10 mins craft time, overnight drying time
starfish art


  • Wood Map Art
    • NEED: Paper map, wood pallet, scissors, mod podge, paint brush
      • TIME: 20 mins craft time, overnight drying time
wood map art
  • Map Canvas Art
    • NEED: Paper maps, Hobby Lobby canvas, scissors, mod podge, paint brush
      • TIME: 20 mins craft time, overnight drying time
map canvas art


  • Coin Magnets
    • NEED: Foreign coins, magnets, E6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive
      • TIME: 5 mins craft time, overnight drying time
        • PLACE: This particular coin is from Iceland
coin magnet
  • Coin Wall Art
    • NEED: Foreign coins, Target picture frame, E6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive
      • TIME: 15 mins craft time, overnight drying time
coin wall art


  • Postcard Art
    • NEED: A postcard from your trip and a dollar store picture frame
      • TIME: 5 mins tops
postcard art
  • Jar of Keepsakes
    • NEED: Paper stubs from your travels like train receipts, entrance tickets, etc. + a giant jar
      • TIME: 5 mins to put together, can also keep adding to it throughout the years
jar of keepsakes
  • Photo Album of Keepsakes
    • NEED: Bigger travel items that wont fit in the jar like city maps, Broadway playbills, etc. + a photo album
      • TIME: 5-10 mins to put together, again you can keep adding to this throughout the years
photo album of keepsakes


  • Mardi Gras Bead Shadow Box
    • NEED: Beads and a shadow box
mardi gras beads
mardi gras beads

Well there you have it! All the travel decor I have in my apartment is special because it brings back certain memories AND I get to say I made it, which is also pretty cool.

Let me know if you have any questions or just leave a comment of which one was your favorite – i’d love to know! As always, thanks so much for reading and I hope this inspired you to get crafty every now and then.

ALSO – let me know what you think of the circular photos. do we love them? hate them?

**Do you enjoy crafts?
**How do you display your travel keepsakes?

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  1. A lot of great ideas in this post. My partner is OBSESSED with maps and we have drawers full of coins from different countries – I think I know what I’ll be doing with my spare time right now! Thanks 🙂

  2. Love these ideas! I always buy magnets when I go somewhere new but I haven’t found a great way to display them yet so my fridge is just covered with them haha

    1. haha i love that! i always make sure to grab a keychain before i leave a place and I have a hanging shelf that i display them on 🌍

  3. We’ve stopped buying souvenirs and started buying useful objects … ones that aren’t going to end up on a shelf and need dusting! On our recent trip to France, where we ate loads of cheese, I was on the search for a nice looking cheese knife. We went to flea markets in Paris to try and find one, but no luck. 🙁

  4. I am totally amazed and inspired by your creativity. There are some great ideas here. My favourite is the coin wall art – so many coins from our travels that just sits in a jar and no-one sees it. With your idea, our travels is an opportunity for others to admire. Thank you.

  5. I love the money frame! I keep meaning to do something with my leftover coins! so maybe I”ll finally get around to it! I also have a map addiction <3 haha Great ideas!

  6. I really loved this post. Such fun ideas for keeping my travel memories. Especially love the travel jar and photo album..will definitely be trying these out.

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