Beach Keepsake Displays

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Here are a few way to keep those beach finds & other treasures in displays around your home for summer – or year around.

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 You will need – A glass container of your choosing Your souvenirs – shells, rocks, sand, etc. Optional Solar Light (or fairy lights)

This first display is in a glass flour jar I got from Walmart. It contains shells from a few trips to Florida, as well as a shell from the 1933 World Fair in Chicago of my grandma’s.

This display is in a blue ball jar that was my grandma’s for canning. I have filled it with our shell necklaces from our Honeymoon in Hawaii. It also has a keychain of my other grandma’s connected to fishing lure that was my grandpa’s.

This was also a canning jar of my grandma’s and is filled with shells from Florida, as well as some sea glass I found as a child in Lake Michigan.

This container is a Red Lobster glass I found at a thrift store. I filled it with rocks, shells, and driftwood from our trip to Washington.

I added a few colored rock stones from the Dollar Tree and the top of a solar light from the Dollar Tree.

It’s a little hard to tell in these pictures but the solar light does light up all the items inside at night and I love it.

Hope you can use these ideas as inspiration to make keepsake jars for your collected treasures!


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  • 8/11 – We will create a colored frosted glass look on a couple pieces during this class, & learn how to change them up seasonally.
  • 9/1 – We will create scented pine cones, learn how to preserve real leaves, and create a leaf candle holder for a festive look in your home.
  • 10/20 – We will upcycle a glass jar into a beautiful glittery pumpkin to enjoy during the fall months.


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  1. So pretty. I used to have shells from Cape Cod, South Carolina and Florida. They are all gone now due to cleaning out our house except one silver dollar that I made into an ornament and store in it’s own box. I’ll bet these look lovely in your home and it’s so nice that you incorporated mementos from your grandparents. Awesome!

    1. Thanks so much Linda, I really enjoy seeing them all summer long. I like to look at them and think about all the memories of where we went, and my grandparents.

  2. Love the keepsake jar idea. The Dollar Tree solar light jar looks like a lighthouse! Great idea.

    1. Thank you so much Susan, and I’m so glad you like it.

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