How-To Style and Display Summer Photos

How-to style and display vacation memories with these beautiful Mason Jar Photo Displays - perfect for coastal décor and a wonderful way to use the seashells the kids end up bringing home.  This would be wonderful for weddings as well!

One of my favorite days every summer is the day we go to the lake and spend the entire day just relaxing, watching the kids play in the water and in the sand and enjoying our time together.  All the boys find shells throughout the day and bring them back to me to save.  I never know what to do with those shells but this year I found a great way to commemorate the day with a 3-dimensional display.

 A Fun Way to Display Summer Photos

I ordered some photos from Shutterfly but I don't think they exist anymore 🙁 but, you can also order prints from CVS, which I do all the time now and the quality is just as good.


*If you want to make these for wedding favors or party favors you may not have all the supplies you need from a vacation or trip but you can find supplies similar to what I used online and I've included links for your convenience.

Mason Jars 





Baker's Twine

You'll also need a glue gun for attaching the sisal and shells to your jar{s}.

I trimmed up some of my photos first with my trimmer so they would fit properly in the jars.

I first added my photos to the jars and then added the sand and shells.

For this jar I hot glued sisal to the upper rim and then glued shells around the rim.

For this jar I simply embellished the front of the jar with a starfish held in place with baker's twine.

I'm planning on buying some more sand so I can add to my Mason Jar Photo Display Gallery ~ these will look so pretty on a windowsill in mass letting the light trickle through and reminding me of our perfect family day.


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  1. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

    I LOVE these ideas, Mary Beth!!! You are so clever!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much sweet friend!