Summer Craft for Kids: How to Make a Vacation Memory Jar

This craft for kids is perfect for summer memories! If you have a special trip planned for this summer, you might be looking for a way for children to remember it well. Chances are while on your trip, you will come across postcards, shells, stones, pictures, and other fun items and objects to remind you of your adventures. Of course you could always put a photo album together to document your trip, but why not try something more creative and hands on? Kids will love creating this vacation memory jar craft for kids to show all of the trinkets and treasures they brought back to remind them of this special adventure! Even if you are just going away for a day long adventure or quick weekend, take a look below at how easy it is to make your own vacation memory jar. It is the perfect summer craft that documents your trip and allows kids to get hands on with their memories in a special way.

Summer Craft for Kids: How to Make a Vacation Memory Jar

A vacation memory jar is the ideal summer craft for kids and so easy on your budget. Take a look below how you can make one with your children this summer!

How to Make a Vacation Memory Jar Craft for Kids

Supplies Needed:
Summer Craft for Kids: How to Make a Vacation Memory Jar Supplies

  • Glass jar with lid. Just use a canning jar or leftover food jar.
  • Scrap book paper
  • Glue
  • String or dental floss.
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Your trip trinkets such as ticket stubs, sand, shells, rocks, greenery, pictures, postcards, etc.


  1. The best part about this craft for kids is, there really is no right or wrong way to do it. Use your supplies to create a scenery in your jar that showcases your special objects.
  2. The scrap book paper can create your back drop, and your string or floss can be used to hang objects down from the lid.
  3. Layer you objects in a pleasing way inside the jar and if you wish, secure with glue. This of course is optional, so if you prefer not to put glue on your objects that is fine.
  4. When you are finished, secure your lid and display in a place in your home where the kids can visit it often and guests can get an idea of your adventures!

Have your children each make their own jar, or you can get one large jar and do a family project. You can even create a shelf in your home that is dedicated to your vacation jars, showcasing your adventures over the years.

If you are looking for a fun and frugal summer craft for kids that the whole family can enjoy and does not require a great deal of resources, this is the perfect choice. Don’t go on another trip without your vacation memory jar in mind as you will want to pick up little bits and pieces for your jar as you explore.

Enjoy creating vacation memories this summer, and creating these vacation memory jars after!

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  1. jenn choi says:

    and I threw all my vintage mason jars away this year!!!! after keeping them boxed up for years! Very nice. thanks for sharing!

    • My Kids Guide says:

      Oh no! Isn’t that what always happens? You throw something away, then afterwards discover a neat use for them?

  2. Natalie Z says:

    That is such a great idea to keep our vacation souvenirs as reminders on the mantel, bookshelf, etc…
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  3. April says:

    I like this idea, to keep your memories alive:)

  4. deb says:

    This is lovely. I love the idea of showcasing trip memories in a jar.
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  5. What a great and thrifty idea! Love it!

  6. I love this idea! We are going on vacation soon and I would love my kids to make these for their souvenirs from the trip! =)

  7. what a great way to save memories :) i love it
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  8. This is such a fun idea! We have been looking for fun things to do while camping with our kids. I will definitely keep this in mind while we are wondering around and the kids are picking up rocks.

    • My Kids Guide says:

      Thanks, Mary Catherine! It sounds like you have a plan for this – would love to see the results if you do this project

  9. Katherine says:

    What a unique way to make a memory. I love this so much more than buying a little souvenir.

  10. I like the idea. It would be a way to get creative and find things that are small enough to fit in the jar yet trigger memories of what you did on the vacation.

  11. This is such a cute idea. I am going to have to do this when we take our first family vacation. It is so wonderful for keeping memories alive and also could become a great tradition.

    • My Kids Guide says:

      Your first family vacation – how exciting! Enjoy yourselves and hope you do this memory-keeping project!

  12. Jenn says:

    Great idea! My kids will love making one!


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