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Display Your Travel Memorabilia Beautifully

So you went on an amazing trip, took hundreds of gorgeous photos, and picked up a few souvenirs along the way. But what do you do with them now? Here are some of the ways we have displayed our memorabilia from our trips.


Shadow Box

I’ve always been a fan of shadow boxes because you have the ability to create such a unique collage of items.

What you’ll need:

  • shadow box frame (any size) $20
  • Ticket stubs, stickers, trinkets, stamps, postcards, photos, or any other items you want to include FREE or minimal cost
  • Straight Pins (any colors) $5
  • Nail(s), hammer: if you don’t have these items at home you can purchase them here and here for a minimal cost.

Total cost: Around $25


Refrigerator Polaroid Photography

I love my Fujifilm Instax because it captures a unique perspective. Rather than placing all of my polaroids in a book I have turned them into fridge art!

What you’ll need:

Total cost: Around $80, however after the initial cost of the camera it’s relatively inexpensive to decorate with polaroids!


Gallery Wall

Creating a gallery wall is an easy way to fill up wall space with photos from your travels and events in life!

What you’ll need:

  • Picture frames of various sizes (I would start with these front loading basic black frames) $3 each
  • Prints, photos, postcards, etc. Price varies depending on the cost of your photo prints. We prefer mpix because they’re inexpensive and have beautiful quality prints. 
  • Nail(s), hammer

Total cost: $20+ depending on how much wall space you are wanting to fill and the frames you decide to purchase.


China or Curio Cabinet

A lot of our memorabilia came to us as family heritage pieces. Timeless and priceless artifacts such as the sake set, geisha doll, and vase that Logan’s grandmother gave us from Japan will always be a few of our favorites. We store these items safely in a China cabinet that my parents restored as newlyweds.

What you’ll need:

  • A china cabinet or curio cabinet with glass doors for viewing. For smaller spaces this one would be perfect $140 or this one would be perfect for storing more items $300.
    Our suggestion? Search garage sales, flea markets, and antique shops for one that you can restore yourself!
  • Artifacts to put inside

Total cost: $150+ depending on the cost of the cabinet. 


Framed Postcards

One cheap souvenir to purchase while traveling is postcards. Usually they are always under $1.50 (US) and can offer fantastic photos, artwork, or designs. Another perk? They’re also extremely lightweight!

What you’ll need:

  • Picture Frame (Again, I love these front loading black frames because they look classy but for only a small price of $3 a piece!)
  • Postcards: $6-8 (if each postcard is $1)

Total cost: Around $11


Fireplace Bunting

If you save ticket stubs, photos, postcards, etc creating a fireplace bunting is one of the easiest DIY projects! Another huge perk is you can change out the items as much as you’d like!

What you’ll need:

  • Photos, postcards, or other small paper items.
  • Twine $5
  • Mini or regular clothespins $4-6
  • Tape (or nails and hammer if tying the twine around nail)

Total cost: Around $10-15


Old Maps

These old maps are our favorite pieces inside our home. They have so much character and fill up our walls nicely. My parents found these for us at a flea market and I’ve seen them at other flea markets since then! You can also search for them on eBay and Etsy but they can become costly.

What You’ll Need:

  • Old maps (you can also buy new vintage looking maps here for prices starting at $5)
  • Nail(s) and hammer

Total cost: Around $5-$200


What are some ways that you decorate your home with the souvenirs/items you brought back from your travels?

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So you went on an amazing trip, took hundreds of gorgeous photos, and picked up a few travel souvenirs along the way. What do you do with them now?

44 Comments

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    Hang Around The World
    January 8, 2017 at 12:32 PM

    We love your ideas but especially the Gallery Wall and the Old Maps. We had an old map when we was young, we were inspired by it to travel the world. Such an amazing feeling 🙂

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      kallsypage
      January 9, 2017 at 9:00 PM

      Thank you so much! We have a lot of fun searching for old maps at flea markets and collecting items to use for gallery walls. Those old maps sure feel like they have stories to tell! 🙂

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    Lydia@LifeUntraveled
    January 8, 2017 at 6:35 PM

    I’m a textile addict and usually bring back a few handmade ones from my travels. Pillow covers are light and easy to pack in any luggage including a backpack. 🙂

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      kallsypage
      January 9, 2017 at 9:01 PM

      Pillow covers are such an excellent idea! I will have to look for some of these on our next trip. 🙂

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    Suz
    January 9, 2017 at 12:16 AM

    I’ve been compiling a list of ways to display all of our travel memorabilia! I know I want to do a scrapbook, even though it’s cliche, but I love them. I can look through old scrapbooks for hours with a cup of coffee. I’m also going to do a gallery wall with travel photos, I think it’s the thing I’m most excited about! I also love your idea of a fireplace; I wish I could do it, but I’m pretty sure the apartment we’re moving into doesn’t have one. There are so many ways to incorporate your souvenirs into your home, I can’t wait to get started in a few weeks! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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      kallsypage
      January 9, 2017 at 9:03 PM

      I love scrapbooks Suz! We have a few from our travels and completely forgot to include those in the post. The gallery wall is such a simple way to fill wall space with items from travels. Please let me know when you decorate with your memorabilia! I’d love to see it 🙂

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    stylishtravlr
    January 9, 2017 at 6:46 AM

    That is awesome! I dont have polaroid camera but I found place where I can print my regular photos in polaroid style. And they now on my wall in my living room ( almost filled up the whole side) . Such a perfect idea to display them

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      kallsypage
      January 9, 2017 at 9:04 PM

      That’s so cool! Where can you do that? I would love to do that with some of our other photos. 🙂

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    Wendy
    January 9, 2017 at 12:28 PM

    I love the idea with the box

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      kallsypage
      January 9, 2017 at 9:05 PM

      Thanks Wendy! It’s a simple way to put odds and ends together.

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    Louiela
    January 9, 2017 at 2:17 PM

    Memories are what we have after traveling and we always want to keep them… Glad you have these suggested this memorabilias.. I love the shadow box as I tend to collect and keep any papers pertaining to my travels including receipts😊

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      kallsypage
      January 9, 2017 at 9:06 PM

      I completely agree with you. The shadow box is a favorite of ours as well because you can put so many different items in it. 🙂

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    refractivesight
    January 9, 2017 at 6:13 PM

    Love the idea! Would start doing this to clear some box space in my cabinet haha

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      kallsypage
      January 9, 2017 at 9:06 PM

      That would be a great way to display some of your souvenirs! 🙂

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    Victoria
    January 9, 2017 at 6:21 PM

    Oh my word!!! The insta camera wall is my fave!

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      kallsypage
      January 9, 2017 at 9:07 PM

      Our fridge is getting so full from the photos! 🙂

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    Erin
    January 9, 2017 at 7:25 PM

    Such cute ideas! I’m totally going to do a shadowbox wall!

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      kallsypage
      January 9, 2017 at 9:08 PM

      Thanks Erin! I’d love to see your shadowbox after you complete it. 🙂

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    Kelly Hogan
    January 10, 2017 at 3:57 AM

    Love love LOVE these ideas! We have a massive National Geographic map hanging where we pin the places we’ve been, but haven’t found a way to show off our other travels yet. I’m one of those people that keeps EVERYTHING – ticket stubs, brochures, etc., plus the billions of photos we take. I’ve had a gallery wall in mind for awhile now but just haven’t gotten around to it. I absolutely love the polaroid idea, though…might have to do that in the interim!

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      kallsypage
      January 10, 2017 at 8:09 PM

      Thank you so much Kelly! We have been looking for a world map for awhile now to do the same! I keep a lot of small papers as well (as you can probably tell). The polaroid is a new favorite of ours – such a unique way to document travels! 🙂

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    HappyGoTravel
    January 10, 2017 at 4:26 AM

    What great ideas!! Thanks so much for sharing. I have pinned this for later reference 🙂

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      kallsypage
      January 10, 2017 at 8:11 PM

      Thank you! I have a lot of fun with it. 🙂

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    dentjuli
    January 10, 2017 at 8:40 AM

    I haven’t seen the polaroids on the fridge before! I’ll have to try that!

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      kallsypage
      January 10, 2017 at 8:12 PM

      One day I realized that our fridge was cluttered with papers and receipts so I decided to tape a few up there and thus began a trend! 🙂

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    Staci
    January 10, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    You’re so creative, these are beautiful – I make a scrapbook for every trip but now I’m thinking shadow boxes could be fun too. Thanks for the ideas!!

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      kallsypage
      January 10, 2017 at 8:13 PM

      Thank you so much Staci! I need to get back into travel scrapbooks. 🙂

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    Robert
    January 10, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Some great ideas, I’ve pretty much got my office walls and shelves full of travel memorabilia! Excellent idea with the Shadow Box!

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      kallsypage
      January 10, 2017 at 8:14 PM

      Thank you Robert! The memorabilia seems to just grow and grow doesn’t it!? 🙂

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    Prerna_Malhan
    January 10, 2017 at 12:26 PM

    This made me remember the time when i was in college – i used to make scrapbooks and albums to preserve all memories. I am definitely going to do this for my travel souvenirs. Thanks for inspiring.

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      kallsypage
      January 10, 2017 at 8:15 PM

      Some of my most cherished memories are in scrapbooks! I need work on some of these again. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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    Collette Stohler
    January 10, 2017 at 6:47 PM

    You’re so creative! I may need to hire you to decorate for us 🙂

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      kallsypage
      January 10, 2017 at 8:16 PM

      Thank you Collette! You’re too sweet. Happy to come help. 😉

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    Luci {Luci's Morsels}
    January 11, 2017 at 2:45 PM

    I love the fridge Polaroid idea! Goodness knows I look at my fridge MANY times during the day – how lovely to be reminded of fun adventures in different cities and countries!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

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      kallsypage
      January 15, 2017 at 4:42 PM

      That’s exactly why we did this! 🙂 We visit our fridge a little too often 😉

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    Lena Ameri
    January 12, 2017 at 3:16 AM

    These are such great ideas! We are always wondering what to do with our travel memorabilia. We started adding shells from beach vacations to a lantern that’s filled with sand from Costa Rica. Bassam is also obsessed with getting a shot glass from everywhere we go. Needless to say, our collection is getting out of hand. Your ideas seem to be much more organized and streamlined than that. Great post!

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      kallsypage
      January 15, 2017 at 4:44 PM

      Love the idea with the shells Lena. We have a bunch of shells that sit in a bowl but have always wondered what to do with them. I love that Bassam likes collecting shot glasses, those are so funny! Some of the best I’ve seen were in Australia! 🙂

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    bruceschinkel19
    January 14, 2017 at 5:30 PM

    Some really great ideas here! I’ve done the shadow boxes (even given them as gifts), and they turned out great. We also have a bit of a gallery wall with a mix of pictures and fun souvenirs like a boomerang, maracas, and ukulele 🙂

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      kallsypage
      January 15, 2017 at 4:45 PM

      What a great idea to give a shadow box as a gift! I will have to do that in the future. You’ve also inspired me to hang the boomerang that I bought in Australia! 🙂

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    youngandundecided
    January 15, 2017 at 2:25 PM

    These ideas are really great! It’s always a stuggle when you run out of space and everthing gets so cramped. Willl need to invest in one of these for sure

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      kallsypage
      January 15, 2017 at 4:46 PM

      I completely understand your woes. We’ve got to stop collecting so many things! That’s why we’ve started switching to papers and photographs. 🙂

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    How to Know When You've Found the Perfect Souvenir (Infographic) - GoThreeTwentyFour
    January 24, 2017 at 12:34 AM

    […] For me, my only collection is my art collection. But just buying something on a trip doesn’t cut it. If I didn’t have plans to frame it and a place to hang it, then it was still just going to end up as junk. (Here’s a great piece on how to display your collections). […]

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    Trippin' Turpins
    January 25, 2017 at 2:39 PM

    Beautiful ideas for displaying holiday memories!

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    wahamiltron
    March 11, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    Some really cool ideas! I recently started working on a gallery wall at home, but maybe I’ll try one of your other suggestions after my next trip 🙂

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    Paula Morgan
    March 11, 2017 at 6:34 PM

    I have been meaning to do a shadow box for ages!

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