Ideas for Memory Keepsakes

| By Jodi Horton

When a loved one dies, we’re left with their stuff–clothes, books, mementos. It can seem overwhelming to go through all of these items, but it’s also an opportunity to reflect and remember your loved one. We scoured Pinterest and Google for our favorite memory keepsake ideas, and here are our favorites.

Lucky enough to have Grandma’s old recipe cards? Besides keeping them so you can make her famous Sunday roast beef or Christmas thumbprint cookies, you can turn them into lovely kitchen décor. We found an idea for DIY pot holders so if you’re especially skilled with a sewing machine, this might be a great option for you. The handmade pot holders are colorful, display the recipes beautifully, and make a great gift for the whole family.

Did you find a box of old family photos that never got organized? Make it a project to scan them all to make sure you have digital back-ups of the family photos, then select your favorites and turn them into photo coasters. Again, this would make a different handmade gift for family members. It’d make a beautiful addition to any coffee table, serves great function, and gives you to re-use family keepsakes in a new and interesting way.

When loved ones from older generations in our family die, questions about family history and legacy might be asked. Consider creating a neat one to showcase your family tree; many family tree ideas also serve as interesting and unique home décor. While we saw some pretty elaborate designs of family trees painted on walls, we preferred a simpler scrapbook page.

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