Preserving Beach Memories – A Simple DIY Project

Preserving beach memories

Now that the summer is coming to an end… I figured I should probably finish up a project I’ve been sitting on for about a month. You see, I’m a collector of memories so-to-speak. Photographs are nice (and believe me I take plenty of them) but I need something real, a physical something I can touch. When we travel, souvenirs are a must… but not all souvenirs cost money…

My idea came to me while we were in Florida and I saw the Atlantic Ocean for the first time. I filled an empty water bottle full of sand and shells and brought it home with me. Now this is nothing new, I’ve seen a thousand different sand projects plastered all over the internet but which one was right for me? Put it in a frame with a photo? Mix all the sands of all the beaches in one large container? No I want to be able to touch the sand… to remember that moment in time. Was it soft? Textured? Rocky? That’s when I decided that each sand would get it’s own unique container.

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Miami Florida – with it’s coarse texture and its seashell and coral coastline. A romantic getaway with the GF that I will never forget!

 

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Ludington Michigan – the softest sand and clearest water I have ever seen. Our first real “family” vacation.

 

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Mackinaw City Michigan – full of rocks and sticks. Another romantic getaway to see Northern Michigan in the fall.

 

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And finally: A return to Mackinaw City – this time with much softer sand, some shells, and drift wood. Northern Michigan in the summer with the GF and my boys.

 

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So I promised you a DIY. As simple as it seems there is a small bit of skill involved to get everything just right.

What You Will Need:

-A memory (sand, shells, rocks, etc) – a good sampling of the beach itself. I try to keep it somewhat true to life as if I scooped the scene right off the beach.

-A container (glass, vase, jar, etc) – I wanted each to be unique instead of having them all match. I try to find a style that represents the mood of the vacation …to me at least.

-Stick on letters – I use scrapbooking letters and pick a font and color to also best suit the mood

-Tweezers and a rubber band (optional)

Tips and Tricks:

Obviously assembly is a snap: dump in the sand, stick on the letters… done. But I find it’s best to let the sand dry out for a while before pouring it in. It’s less likely to stick to the sides of the glass that way and it’s easier to work with.

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When applying the letters use the very edge of the tweezers so the sticker comes off easier and doesn’t accidentally tear. In this instance I used the sand as a straight-ish line but you could also use a rubber band around the glass to keep your lines from becoming uneven. Just be careful not to rip the stickers off when removing the rubber band in the end.

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Gently shake the sand to expose some of the shells. I find it looks more natural than just plopping them on top. And bam, done! You now have a memory you can reach out and touch any time you please.

 

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