Beach Vacation Memory Sand Jars are a fun keepsake craft for kids to make while on a summer trip or at home.

Learn how to make a beach in a jar with sand and shells to preserve your family vacation memories. This is a great idea for your summer bucket list and makes beautiful home decor!

Memory Sand Jars are a fun craft for kids while on family vacation! Make a beach in a jar with sand and shells from your vacation to remember the trip. Such a fun vacation keepsake.

Beach Vacation Memory Sand Jars

Vacation is a time to relax, so I love doing crafts with my kids and making memories! Memory Sand Jars are a wonderful beach craft and beach vacation keepsake for kids to make.

We just returned home from our wonderful beach vacation to Bluefields Bay Villas in Jamaica. Not only did I take a ton of photos, but we enjoyed crafting while away.  I can’t tell you in words just how wonderful this family vacation was!

As I get back into the grove of my normal schedule, I will write a bit more about our trip and show you some fun ways to preserve memories of your family travels through easy crafts.

I get a lot of comments on my photos, so I wrote some tips for taking memorable vacation photos that you will want to frame.

Summer Bucket List Easy Craft For Kids

One way for our kids to remember our recent trip was to bring a little bit of the beach home with us with memory sand jars!

Beach Vacation Memory Sand Jars are a fun keepsake craft for kids to make while on a summer trip!

The Do’s and Dont’s of Making a Beach in a Jar

When making a beach in a jar kids craft, be mindful of preserving nature and the beach rules. Some countries and beaches don’t allow you to take sand or shells. Even if your beach does allow this, only take a very small amount.

Beach Vacation Memory Sand Jars - Summer bucket list kids craft

How Do You Make Memory Sand Jars?

I planned ahead for this memory sand jars craft and packed small jars, small tubes of e-6000 glue and tags to let my kids collect items from Jamaica and make tiny beaches in a jar.

You could do this kids craft to preserve any type of trip, not just a beach. I found my mini jars at Ikea, but search around Amazon and I bet you can find similar versions.

Scroll down to get detailed directions for how to make memory sand jars.

Photos from our Jamaica Beach Vacation

Below our villa was a beautiful beach with gorgeous rocks and sea shells. So there was plenty of exploring to collect beach memories. Our resort nanny, Sasha, also took the kids around to where there were more shells.

Memory Sand Jars are a fun craft for kids while on family vacation! Make a beach in a jar with sand and shells from your vacation to remember the trip. Such a fun vacation keepsake.

My kids loved doing this so much that I will make it a tradition from now on when we travel.

I think their beach in jar collection will look so pretty in our living room! Each time we look at their crafts, we will remember the beautiful blue waters…

Beach at Bluefields Bay Villas in Jamaica - LivingLocurto.com

our delicious dinners overlooking the sea….

Dinner at Bluefields Bay Villas in Jamaica - LivingLocurto.com

kayaking in the ocean…

Beach at Bluefields Bay Villas in Jamaica - LivingLocurto.com

and the gorgeous sunsets from our patio.

Sunset at Bluefields Bay Villas in Jamaica - LivingLocurto.com

Thanks for following my trip through Instagram. If you missed any of my Jamaica travel photos, you can look for them with the hashtag #LivingLocurtoJA.

We also made Shell Wall Art!

How to make easy wall art with shells from your beach vacation.

We want to give a BIG thanks to Bluefields Bay Villas for such a wonderful time! 

Beach Vacation Memory Sand Jars Kids Craft

Beach Vacation Memory Sand Jars are a fun keepsake craft for kids to make while on a summer trip! Learn how to make a beach in a jar with sand and shells to preserve your family vacation memories.
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Author: Amy Locurto

Instructions

  • Have kids explore to find their beach treasures.
  • Pour a tiny bit of sand into each jar and add the sea shells, etc.
  • Glue a shell or small rock to the lid.
  • Add a name tag along with a note of where you were visiting.
  • Wrap jars in a shirt before packing to keep it safe during your drive or flight.

Notes

REMINDER: Do not take too much from nature! Some beaches do not allow you to take shells or sand. Be mindful of the rules and do not take sand or shells if your beach does not allow it. You can also make this craft with store bought items.
Plan To Make This?Please share if you do. Mention @LivingLocurto or tag #LivingLocurto on Instagram. We’d love to see!
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Course: Craft
Cuisine: home decor
Keyword: beach, craft, dessert in a jar, home decor, kids, travel

 Originally published July 22, 2013 – Updated May 2021

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