How to display mementos in your home

Over the years, you’ve saved various things that hold special memories. From your baby book to your senior ring and dad’s pocket knife to the quilt grandma crafted, the mass majority of us have at least one or two mementos we hold dear.

Since you’ve taken the time to invest in the decor of your home, when it comes to displaying those special items, it can be a little perplexing learning how to do it in a way that compliments the rest of your home. However, with a few tips and a little ingenuity, you can display and show off your mementos with a bit of your style and flair.


For Those Special Photographs

Whether they’re tucked away in that old photo album you inherited from Mom or stored on your phone, you likely have at least a few captured moments that you adore. With canvas prints, you can select from a variety of sizes and framing or gallery-style wrapping to give those photos a special touch.

From decorating for Christmas with a family portrait of everyone in their favorite ugly sweaters to highlighting your grandparent’s wedding, these prints are a great way to show off your favorite photos.

For the Miniatures

A lot of you likely have small keepsakes, such as an inherited pocket knife, a subway token from your first trip to New York, or the crochet needle that Grandma used to make your quilt. If so, place them together in a mason jar that has a lid with battery-operated lights. Once placed on a shelf and lit up for all to see, you’ll have a smalls display to be proud of.

Shadow Boxes

Alternatively, you can purchase a shadow box for those miniature heirlooms and hang it wherever you please in the home. To have a little more control over the storage size, number of slots, and overall look, you can find plenty of instructional videos online for DIY shadow boxes.

Spread Them Throughout the Home

Taking over an entire bookcase or adding plenty of shelves to complement your living room layout is one way to go, but you may get more bang for your buck if you selectively place your mementos in various rooms of the home. For that copper kettle Grandpa used every day for tea, display it on top of the stove. Use Mom’s flower water pail to store your longer kitchen utensils in. Hang Dad’s miniature car collection in the theater or television room. Place your child’s first doll and baby blanket in a rocking chair in the living room.

Scattering those precious items throughout the home can give each room a special feel and utilize the mementos instead of just breaking them out on special occasions or when you’re feeling nostalgic.

Highlight Them

Whether hanging on a wall, displayed on a shelf, or used as a centerpiece, placing lights around them can give them an even more special feel. Battery-operated fairy lights come in a variety of lengths, bulb styles, and color choices. That means that you can generally find one that matches your Bohemian decor while complimenting the specialness of those mementos.

Frame Them

For things like postcards you’ve collected around the world, the signed football jersey your Dad loved so much, and other thin items in your collection, group the like-minded ones together in an oversized frame. With the proper placement, a glass cover, and lighting, those keepsakes can take their rightful place in any room.

You love the memories associated with those things you’ve saved over the years, and they should be displayed for all to see. Whether they give you a warm smile every time you look at them or you just like sharing their details with visitors, you’re sure to enjoy them a lot more.