Life’s a Beach

sandwatermarkThis is another wanderlust creation.  My love of travel can be found all around my home.  This is a super easy project and a great way to keep track of different beaches that you visit.Image

All you need is a mason jar (the taller the better), clear labels, and sand from the beaches that you visit.


I started with sand from the town where I live.  If you don’t live by the beach, just start with your first trip.  You may want to start with your honeymoon or another special trip.  I printed the location and the date on labels using Microsoft Word and just cut the labels to size.  As I visit another beach, I add another layer of sand.  I love comparing the color of the sand from different places.  I keep this jar on my mantle and enjoy watching it fill up.


Happy Travels 🙂

34 thoughts on “Life’s a Beach

  1. Very cool to see all the colors against each other. But please remember that the sand on beaches keeps coastal communities around the world safe from the ocean!!! If everyone took a little handful, those of us on the shore would be unhappy indeed. Please, Leave Paradise in Its Place!

    • That’s absolutely absurd. Collecting Beach sand by the zip lock Baggie full will not endanger beach side towns. I’m laughing at this.

    • I have some thing similar on my bathroom window sills.i bought all mine from places we have traveled .. They are tall thin bottles with cork lids and some are filled with small shells some with sand and some with both sad & water and some have water from the sea’s I’ve visited with bits of twigs and leaves inside… All are from Mexeco/ and all round the Carribean from our crouises… Love them so much I’m starting to make my own

    • I know it seems like it might eventually destroy a beach, but sand is constantly being made as coral reefs decay, shells deteriorate, as rivers deposit sediment into the ocean. I thnk a small small amount in a baggy would be OK.

  2. I like the idea. I actually have ziploc bags of sand. My only thought about the jar is if it tips over or on its side the sands will mix. I wonder if there is a way to keep the sands separate.

    • Keep them in separate little jars, like old spice jars. I’ve done this for awhile and that’s what I do. Not only do I collect sand, I collect dirt from anywhere. It’s a free souvenir that any of my family or friends can bring back for me.

  3. I have sand from all over the world in little glass bottles. My step daughter used these bottles for a shot at her wedding – wish I could post a picture!

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  5. What a fun idea! I love to bring home souvenirs that don’t cost much. As a photographer, I take a lot of photos but I also like to have tangible mementos, too. I usually bring home shells from the beach or rocks from anywhere. I’m also a fan of postcards since they are inexpensive and don’t take up much room, although my collection is getting pretty big!

    Thanks for sharing this idea! 🙂

    Wayfaring Wanderer

  6. I have seen something similar but it was a spinning spice rack with a different sand in each bottle. Both are very cute ideas =)

  7. I would like to make one of these! So fun…a great idea. I am concerned that the sand will shift though if I were to move and had to pack it up. Any suggestions of a way to seal each layer to prevent the sand types from mingling or shifting?

  8. When making these does the sand not run into the other sand do you have to put something in between to stop this I have just started and only got one layer in up to now

  9. I just bought those jars (this weekend) at Hobby Lobby and they were on sale for 1/2 price so I got two of them for $8. I’m making these for my grandsons!

  10. Maybe Mod Podge would work to seal the layers. I want to do this so bad but fear the sand will mix.
    I collect shells too so this would be great to add to my shelf.

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