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blond girl holding a framed map with vacation photos glued to it

Summer Vacation Map Art Keepsake

By Brenda Ponnay

Skip the cheap souvenirs. Here’s a personalized and simple photo craft for the kids commemorate their summer vacation.  Whether the family stayed home and visited local hot spots or traveled far and wide during summer break, all you need is pictures from your camera phone, a printer and a few supplies to create this simple keepsake. It’s one that they and you will cherish for years to come.

overhead photo of supplies such as printed map, empty frame and photos on paper

Supplies needed to create your Summer Break Keepsake Art

  • a map of the area you vacationed in (we just printed ours out from Google maps but you could use a printed map too)
  • 5-6 photos of your vacation (or staycation) printed small enough to fit on your map
  • double stick tape
  • scissors
  • yarn or string (optional)
  • heart or star stickers (optional)
  • an 8×10 frame (we picked ours up at a thrift store for $2)

Diptych of boy cutting out photos printed on paper

How to make your Summer Break Keepsake Art

Step 1: Cut out your pictures so that most of the busy backgrounds are gone.

Creative Note: If you find your photos are still lost on the map and you want them to show up a little more,  you could add some foam between the photos and the map (as much as your frame will allow) to create a little shadow effect. We didn’t do this but it would probably look pretty cool.

Diptych of overhead shots of cut out photos and hands pasting photos on to a small map

Step 2: Arrange the cut-out photos on the map near the spots you visited. If you have several photos you love that center around one area and there is not enough room to put all the photos on that spot, place a heart or star sticker in that spot and then lay a piece of yarn or string from the photo placed elsewhere on that map. Or you could even use the yarn to signify your path along the map, if that works for you. Arrange them whatever way makes the most sense to you. Then tape down the photos and yarn and place in your frame.

Boy holding a framed map with photos glued on them

Step 3:  Place your map in your frame.

Tah dah! Instant summer memory keepsake. Imagine a whole wall full of all your adventures from years past! Wouldn’t that be a conversations starter?

More Keepsake Crafts on Alpha Mom:

1. Homemade Show-and-Tell Theater for Summer Photos
2. Draw Your Story: the Illustrated Journal
3. Annual Family Time Capsule (memorialize the past year)

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Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of card...

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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