DIY: Vacation Memory Vase (Repurposed Glass Jar)


Here is a inexpensive, easy-to-make, and personal home décor accessory. It’s a simple way to remember a vacation or other personal memory. It’s personal because I used a vacation picture along with seashells found by my kiddos. This memory vase is based our most recent beach vacation.

I originally wanted to do a memory jar. I also considered displaying only family photos inside bottles or jars. My issue with doing a memory jar was we didn’t collect a lot of seashells on our beach vacation and they were all tiny. I didn’t think it would stand out inside a jar. So, I literally thought outside the box or jar. 😉

I decided to display our memories outside a jar instead of inside. Plus, I could also use the jar as a vase since everything was on the outside. This is how my Vacation Memory Vase came to be. 🙂

Another great thing about this project is I repurposed a jar from my recycle bin. This vase reminds me of my projects where I recycle and repurpose jars and bottles to use as a home décor accessory. But this time it’s more meaningful because I’m using personal items to decorate it.

The materials I used to make this memory-keeping craft project were a jar (formerly an apple sauce jar), string (found at Michaels jewelry making section), small seashells collected from our last beach vacation, personal vacation picture, small plywood piece, Mod Podge, and glue.


How to make a Vacation Memory Vase using a recycled jar – Here’s my Tutorial:

Mod Podge Vacation Picture. I printed a picture from our Hilton Head beach vacation to fit on a small plywood piece. (This is similar to wood scraps I used in my Patchwork Wood Wall Art.) I first applied Mod Podge on the back of the picture and also on the front part of the wood piece. I placed the paper onto the wood and smoothed it out. I waited 15 minutes for it to dry. I applied Mod Podge on the top of the paper and waited again 15 minutes for it to dry. I then put another coat of Mod Podge.


In between the Mod Podge drying, I continued working…


String. I took my string and wrapped it around the top of my jar. I made sure I had plenty of string to wrap around the jar several times. I then made a knot with string hanging for the picture and seashells to go.

Seashells. I strung the little seashells on one side and knotted the end. You may have noticed the seashells have little holes in them. I did not make these holes. They each already had a hole when we found them.

The last thing I did was glue the vacation picture on the other string. I placed one seashell on it’s end and knotted the string.

And that’s it! I now have a beach-themed memory vase. I love that it’s a beautiful reminder of our wonderful vacation.


This would make a great centerpiece for an outdoor party or as a decorative vase inside your home.

(I’m linking up to I’m Lovin’ It, Weekend Wrap Up Party, Sunday Showcase Party, Made By You Monday, Tip Me Tuesday, Tutorials & Tips Tuesdays, and The Frugal Girls!)


  1. Brilliant!!!! How incredibly sweet!

  2. That’s a very cute idea. Great job! (via TT&J)

  3. I love this idea! I have lots of shells from our beach vacation. Thank you for this inspiration!

  4. Miss Kitty says:

    This is SUCH a great idea. Thanks for taking the time to post how you did it. It has so many possibilities for parties too.

  5. Cute idea, I’m going to make one using a picture of my cat, laying on a blue and yellow bedspread. Had to put him to sleep a couple months ago, this will be very cute. I think I’ll make one with a copy of an old photo of my great-grandmother, Edilda Farrier. GREAT IDEA, thank you. Cute.

  6. I love this idea. Thanks for sharing. I will be making one soon!

  7. Very nice!Love the rustic touch.

  8. What a wonderful idea. May give this a try. Thank you

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