DIY Sand Souvenirs
Hi Friends! This is my first post featuring a GUEST BLOGGER!! This week, I'm leaning on my dear friend Allyson to share her adorable travel tradition of saving and displaying sand from beaches around the world. I hope you enjoy!- Katy
Hello there! My name is Allyson and I am a friend of Katy's. We met at our 9 - 5 gig in Santa Barbara, CA and became fast friends. Today she asked me to stop in and chat about one of my favorite traditions/hobbies, collecting sand from beaches around the world!
Why the fascination with sand? I grew up spending my summers on the sands and waters of Cape Cod, MA with my family. My grandparents frequented the beaches of Harwich Port, MA, and in 1952 they purchased a beach house and a boat. Each generation since then has been raised as a beach/water baby. So the coast is near and dear to my heart for many reasons.
This particular tradition started on a family vacation. I can't recall where we were, but what I do remember is my Mom saying we should grab some sand to take home. I was hooked after that. I've grown to love this idea because it is a unique and meaningful way to document my travels. Plus, it can double as decor in your home!
So far my collection includes:
- Perissa Beach, Santorini, Greece 2005
- Palm Beach, Aruba 2013
- Jade Cove, Big Sur, California 2015
- Atlantic Street Beach, Harwich Port, Cape Cod 2015
- Tortuga Bay, Ecuador 2016
- Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia 2017
I'll also gift sand bottles when they hold meaning to the recipient. One of my girlfriends met her husband when they were both working at Carpinteria State Beach years ago. They held their wedding ceremony there in April 2016 and at the bridal shower I gifted them with a sand bottle containing sand from the beach where they met and were married!
If you're interested in collecting sand from your travels, I've shared some tips and tricks below to help you get started.
Before you travel:
Pack an extra 3 oz. empty plastic container and plastic bag in your luggage to have on hand at your destination. I try to select a container that is opaque so that the contents aren't obvious.
At your destination:
Remember to bring your container to the beach!
I recommend putting the container in the plastic bag while en route home (to prevent sand from ending up all over your belongings). I will normally pack it in my carry-on bag in its own pocket.
Materials for Assembly:
- Small glass bottle
- Cork (I like to use corks from bottles of wine that I've opened, but most glass bottles from a craft store will come with their own corks, as shown in the link above).
- Funnel (if you don't own a funnel you can DIY using a small piece of paper & tape)
- Chalkboard sticker labels
- Burlap Ribbon
- Uncork your bottle
- If you're going the DIY funnel path - create a funnel by rolling the piece of paper into a cone shape and securing it with a piece of tape on the side. Insert small end of funnel into the mouth of the bottle.
- Pour the sand into the bottle via the funnel
- Replace the cork
- Using a piece of chalk, write the name of your vacation destination and date on the sticker label
- Adhere sticker to the front of the bottle. Be careful not to wipe off the writing in the process!
- Measure ribbon around the top of the bottle until you find your desired length and cut. Tie the ribbon just below the cork for added flair!
I have a cute little shelf in my bedroom where I display my bottles. Having them visible allows me to reminisce on my adventures, and they serve as constant inspiration to keep traveling to beaches around the world.
Thanks for reading!