Memory Keeping

Displaying and storing special mementos and ephemera ...

I'm always on the lookout for vintage boxes, jars and interesting pieces that can act as storage and an interesting display.

My large collection of vintage mason jars make ideal vessels for holding bits and pieces from special holidays.

These jars were filled with seaside treasures such as sea glass, shells and pebbles from a trip to Prince Edward Island this past summer.

Using a variety of jars, whether vintage mason jars or large size storage jars, will create an intriguing display for cherished treasures.

Create a striking display by grouping multiples together on a shelf.

Glass Storage Jars can be picked up at kitchen supply stores. You can often find previously loved jars at thrift shops. Choose a big jar for larger photos and mementos.

Collectors box

Create a special box of memories using old photos and personal mementos from loved ones.

This collectors box holds a fun vintage photo and other treasures from my grandparents including my favorite; an engraved bracelet that reads, “this guy belongs to me… hands off Isobel”

Use pins and double sided tape to hold photos and vintage curiosities in place.

Modern Tin Box

Round, aluminum watchmaker tins are adhered to the inside of a collectors box and filled with little memories. The tins are adhered using double sided tape. If you are filling the tins with heavier pieces you may want to consider using hot glue or another adhesive to make sure they hold well. You can find tins such as these at Lee
Valley Hardware.

Wooden Cubby

I’ve repurposed a small wooden box to hold special keepsakes from a romantic trip with my love.I lined the inside of the box with pretty Japanese paper. Use double sided tape or glue to hold the paper in place. When you are finished filling it with lovely little bits wrap it up and give it to the one you love.


There are so many objects that you could re-purpose as memory keeping displays...

- Antique printer trays make great displays for interesting objects.
- Prop a vintage soda crate against a wall and fill it with special mementos. Each cubby becomes a memorable vignette filled with specially curated objects.
-Vintage baking tins become interesting tabletop displays of personal collections.


  1. So sweet, love those ideas!

  2. i love the baking tin idea, i'm going to have use that one :)

  3. What a great post with so many wonderful ideas. I need to be more "crafty" and try some of these! Have a great week!

  4. Thanks for your kind comments! I hope you find them useful & fun!


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