12 creative ways to turn travel memories into art

Scrapbooks are a wonderful way to keep travel memories, but it’s also a lot of work and sometimes forgotten in the shelves. If you’re looking for creative ways to show off your travels that are a little more obvious and maybe even useful, check out these 12 DIY projects. They’re quick and easy and give you the perfect opportunity to constantly bring up your travels in conversation. From a Polaroid coaster to a wall of postcards, these DIYs will remind you of your favorite summer trips all year.


Polaroid Coasters

Polaroid Coasters

Add a little more meaning to your coffee table collection coaster by printing out your favorite Instagram memories and sticking them on coasters from the dollar store. Cover everything with Mod Podge to prevent them from spoiling and prepare to reminisce every time you sip a cocktail. (Going through Darkroom and Dearly)

word garland

word garland

Banners are such a fun way to add artwork to the room without hanging artwork. With a letter garland like this you can make any word you want, whether it’s a favorite place you’ve traveled to or that song you stuck in your head during that epic road trip. (Going through How did you do that)

embroidery card

embroidery card

Anyone going to road trip this summer? Instead of just jotting down your itinerary with pens and stickers, make the trip truly artistic by embroidering the itinerary. It takes a bit of time, but it’s the perfect project to work on while catching up on some Netflix. (Going through Sadie Seasonal Items)

cup display

cup display

If you collect something awesome like cups or key rings on every trip you take, create a special wall of hooks to show them all off. Is it just us, or does anything displayed on a pegboard instantly become a quirky, eclectic art exhibit? If you haven’t collected cups yet, this DIY might inspire you for your next trip. (Going through Its campus)

travel satchel

travel satchel

Part album and part journal, this travel binder holds everything from coasters to plane tickets. You can add small scraps of journal and notes by writing on washi tape and putting the notes directly on the photos. (Going through Kelly Purkey)

souvenir magnets

These magnets are made with pebbles from a camping trip, but the possibilities here are limitless. Stick small magnets to the back of foreign coins, seashells from the beach, or any other small treasures you pick up along the way. (Going through I like DIY)

DIY Christmas Ornaments

Christmas decorations

Commemorate each of your travel destinations with its own mini Christmas tree tag. Maps are a fun and easy way to track your travels, no matter how many countries you’ve checked off your to-do list this year. (Going through Blue I Style)

DIY travel journals

DIY travel journals

Get your kids started journaling early with these crafts journals. They’re pretty easy for kids to make, and they can write or draw the things they see on your adventures. (Going through Momtastic)

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This post was updated from 2015.

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