Easy memory ornaments

The beach is my happy place. The sound of the waves, the smell of salt air – it truly does soothe my soul. Every time we go to the beach, we always bring back a bit of sand, and I’ve had little bits from here and there for a couple of years but never knew what to do with it – but I finally figured out how to with these easy memory ornaments. It’s a super simple craft, but I know these will be around for years to come at our house.

easy memory ornaments


Vacation Ornaments


Start with a strip of card stock, about 1/2 inch wide by 5 inches long. Cut a little V in the top and use rubber stamps and ink to add on where the sand came from (like Tybee Island).

Vacation Ornaments

Next put a little sand in the bottom of a small apothecary jar that has a cork lid (with the lid off.) Use tweezers to help place the paper flag in the sand.

Vacation Ornaments

Next push the cork in good and tight.

Vacation Ornaments




Add on a tiny eye hook (found at the craft store). It holds really well in the cork by just screwing it in by hand.

Vacation Ornaments

Add on a piece of twine for hanging and you’ve got an easy vacation memory ornament. It would also be cute for other small items that would fit into the vials, like movie ticket stubs. Imagine a tree filled with ornaments that’s full of memories – it would be amazing!



About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. The beach is my favorite place too! And we always take a bag of sand home with us! This is such a perfect idea Gina! Thanks so much for sharing – pinning and copying 🙂

  2. Jocelyn Thompson says:

    I love this! Great idea and simple enough to do in an afternoon. Now I just have to remember to save some sand! 🙂

  3. Awesome! but where did you get those adorable little bottles???

  4. Love your idea!

  5. Where did you find your bottles?


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