Memory Lamp

When Chris and I were on our honeymoon in the Caribbean, I decided I wanted to bring back some sand with us.  It was really important to me to make a memory jar from our time there and display it in our living room where everyone that came over could see it.  For a while it held a prime spot on the shelf above our fireplace, but in the months that followed it started to get moved to make way for other things.  Eventually it got put on a side table behind a wedding picture, and that’s where it stayed for the past year.  I wanted to repurpose it, but didn’t really know what I wanted to do with it.  So it sat alone and neglected until I could come up with a solution.

Once Chris and I decided we wanted a Beach theme for our bedroom, I started looking on Pinterest and found some great ways to take my memory jar and repurpose it into a lamp! Here are just a few of my favorites:

This one is my favorite!  It’s so simple and chic, perfect accent to a beach room.

Available at Caron’s Beach House

I love the rope accent on this lamp.

The lamp is from Target

I love driftwood and think it’s so great that they used it to decorate the inside of this lamp!

Threshhold lamp from Target
Threshold lamp from Target

The first lamp that I love is super expensive.  So, I knew I couldn’t get that exact one.  I had to find another option.  The Threshold lamp from Target was somewhat reasonable, but I didn’t like the metal bar that went right down the middle of the lamp!   At first I thought it might be a good idea to just make my own, as long as I could find a glass vase that I liked. That idea was scratched too because any vase I found that would work was ridiculously large.  Plus, after doing the math in my head I realized it would be even more expensive to do it myself than to just go out and buy a lamp from a store!

I did a bit of research and found this lamp at Target.  I was thrilled!  At $42.99 it was a little expensive but it was the size and shape I wanted so I couldn’t pass it up.  There were only a few left so I quickly grabbed one and took it up front to check out.


When I got home, I took the sand from my memory jar and poured it in the lamp base.  After shifting it around until it sat the way I wanted it too (I’m picky like that), I took some of the shells I bought at Hobby Lobby and some that I brought back from the Caribbean and carefully placed them in my jar.


It looks right at home on Chris’ nightstand and I am so happy with it!  Our old lamp was passed down and broken so I am incredibly happy to have a new one that shines bright and goes with our decor.

Memory lamp from Crafty Wife

Probably my favorite part about this lamp is that it holds precious memories inside of it. We had a great time in the Caribbean and it’s nice to bring some of it in the room with us. Do you like to bring home keepsakes from the beach?

If you want to see more from my master bedroom redo you can check out these posts:

 Window Treatments

Master Bedroom Makeover: Window Treatments

Bedside Printable

Bedside Printable

Distressed Mirrors

Weathered Mirrors for Nautical Bedroom Design


    1. Thanks Emily! 🙂 I love using things from vacations to make decorations for the house! It’s so fun (and cheap)! haha

  1. I love these ideas!! How fun that you have physical memories from your honeymoon! Oh and I looove the printable about laying in bed on the phones… such a true picture of marriage 😉

    1. Thank you, Madison!!! I have to say, looking at that lamp reminds me of warm sand, swim-up bars, and an oceanfront villa. I want to go back sooo bad! haha

      Seriously, truer words about marriage have never been spoken. At least, not in the 21st century. 😉

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