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Beach Photo Display Jar

A sweet alternative to a traditional photo frame, create your own beach photo display jar to hold your precious Summer vacation memories.

Clear jar filled with sand, sea shells, a picture and long faux greenery. The jar has white rope tied around the rim and is placed near a starfish, sea shell and Adirondack chair.

All you Need is Love (and the Beach)!

In our house, anything that reminds us of the beach is always welcome! Over the years we’ve taken so many wonderful family photos of time spent at the beach, it’s a shame to keep them all stored on the computer. So this simple photo display jar was a fun and creative way to show off some of those special photos. Each time we look at the jar, we are reminded of the good times.

We used our Cricut Maker to cut the lettering in white Premium vinyl, which we found the image template in Design Space. There are so many fun beach phrases to choose from but this one seems to capture our feeling perfectly!

Showing the bottom of the glass jar with the cut out phrase, sand, sea shells and pictures.

Check out the video here for making this DIY Beach Photo Display Jar or scroll down below for the step by step tutorial.

Materials Needed to make the Beach Photo Display Jar

Materials needed to make the beach photo jar. Sand, large jar, a picture, sea shells, rope, greenery, faux greenery and mini Adirondack chair.

How to make a Beach Photo Display Jar

Preparing the Jar

Thoroughly wash out the jar and remove any labels. If warm soap and water doesn’t remove the labels entirely, a product such a Goo-Gone works well. Put the clean jar aside for the time being.

If you have a Cricut Maker, Silhouette or other precision cutting machine, you can create a fun vinyl decal to stick on to the mason jar such as the one we applied to ours.

Open the Design Space site and upload the “All You Need Is Love and the Beach” project template.

“All You Need Is Love and the Beach” project template on Design Space.

Following the instructions on the screen, select “Customize” to adjust the size of the phrase in order for it to fit on the mason jar. The original pattern is sized to 10.6″wide x 6.9″high which is too large for this photo jar project.

Customizing the lettering of “All You Need Is Love and the Beach.”

In the toolbar, adjust the width of the template to 3”wide x 2” high or another suitable size to fit your own jar.

Changing the size of the words “All You Need Is Love and the Beach.”

Click “Make It” and select Everyday Vinyl from the list of materials.

Setting up the project template and ready to click "Make It."

Place the white Everyday Vinyl on the standard grip mat and load it into the cutting machine.

Choosing materials needed before loading the Vinyl into the cutting machine.

Cut out the phrase on a piece of white Everyday Vinyl using your Cricut Maker or Silhouette cutting machine.

Waiting for the cutting machine to cut out phrase “All You Need Is Love and the Beach."

When done cutting and mat is unloaded, weed out the decal discarding the excess vinyl and keeping only the lettering needed.

Holding the finished cut out.

Apply a piece of transfer tape to the lettering and remove the backing from the vinyl.

Apply the vinyl transfer to the bottom third of the glass jar and carefully remove the transfer tape.

Transferring the vinyl words to the bottom of the clear glass jar.

Assembling the Photo Jar

Fill one-third of the jar with clean, dry sand.

Pouring sand into the glass jar.

Cut down your photo of interest to a size that will fit well inside the jar and place it standing up in the sand. Insert your faux greenery in front and in behind the photo.

Add in the seashells or you could also use other embellishments such as seaglass or beach stones.

Close up of the sand, sea shells and picture inside the glass jar.

Tie some decorative cotton rope around the neck of the jar for an added touch.

Tying a white rope to the rim of the glass jar.

And that’s it! You have a beautiful and original way of displaying your Summer vacation memories. I may actually make a few more of these to create a whole little summer vacation photo vignette.

Finished project. Clear jar filled with sand, sea shells, a picture and long faux greenery. The jar has white rope tied around the rim and is placed near a starfish, sea shell and Adirondack chair.

This project originally appeared on Crafts by AmandaFor more creative photo display options, check out these posts: DIY photo coasters with resin; and upcycled rustic photo frame.

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diy beach photo display jar filled with sand and other beachy accessories
A Beach Photo Display Jar!

Beach Photo Jar

Jane and Sonja
Capture your summer memories with this DIY Beach Photo Jar.
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Materials
  

  • Large glass jar
  • Everyday Vinyl in white
  • Cricut Maker or other precision cutting machine
  • “All You Need is Love and the Beach” project template in Design Space
  • Sand clean and dry
  • Photo of choice printed and cut to fit inside the jar
  • Sea shells
  • Faux greenery
  • Cotton corded rope in white 1/2″ thick
  • Transfer tape

Instructions
 

  • Thoroughly wash out the jar and remove any labels
  • If you have a Cricut Maker, Silhouette or other precision cutting machine, you can create a fun vinyl decal to stick on to the mason jar.
  • You can open the Cricut Design Space site and upload the “All You Need Is Love and the Beach” project template.
  • Select “Customize” to adjust the size of the phrase in order for it to fit on the mason jar.
  • Click “Make It” and select Everyday Vinyl from the list of materials.
  • Place the white Everyday Vinyl on the standard grip mat and load it into the cutting machine.
  • Cut out the phrase on a piece of white Everyday Vinyl using your Cricut Maker or Silhouette cutting machine.
  • When done cutting and mat is unloaded, weed out the decal discarding the excess vinyl and keeping only the lettering needed.
  • Apply a piece of transfer tape to the lettering and remove the backing from the vinyl.
  • Apply the vinyl transfer to the bottom third of the glass jar and carefully remove the transfer tape.
  • To assemble the Beach Photo Jar, fill one-third of the jar with clean, dry sand.
  • Place your photo of interest inside the jar and place it standing up in the sand. Insert your faux greenery in front and in behind the photo.
  • Add in the seashells
  • Tie some decorative cotton rope around the neck of the jar for an added touch. And that’s it!
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