A time capsule is a container that holds present-day items, such as photos, newspapers (if you still receive those), letters and more. It’s typically hidden away for your future self or someone of your choosing to open. You can all make one as a family or have each person make their own. You can choose a date 5, 10, 15 years down the road to open it back up together.
In this post, we are going to show you how to create your own time capsule at home with your family! You can plan ahead with some items to put inside the capsule and fill out our downloadable capsule sheets to include.
How to Make a Time Capsule
1. Choose Your Container & Decorate
You want to pick a storage container based on how long you plan to keep it hidden. Shoeboxes work great! Another option is cheap photo storage boxes you can get at Walmart or craft stores. You can use stickers you have around the house or markers to decorate your box. You can get any color you want. They are usually pretty inexpensive. Another option is to use an old shoebox you have around the house.
2. Determine Where You’ll Store It
For indoor storage, a shoebox, wooden box, cookie tin, large plastic storage container or even a mason jar will work. You can hide your box in a storage closet behind other items. An attic, basement or garage are also great locations. You want to hide your time capsule somewhere where others will not find it!
For outdoor safekeeping, consider a weatherproof, non-biodegradable container such as an old metal coffee can, popcorn can or a box made of stainless steel. Make sure this is secured before hiding or storing your box outside. Bury your time capsule in a garden under dirt where little to no rain hits, or in an outdoor garage. You could also ask a friend or family member to hold on to the container, just don’t tell your little one who has it!
Time Capsule Ideas
Here are a few ideas on items you can include in your time capsule, along with printable prompts to include as well. These can be written from you or a loved one that you can stick in the time capsule, or have your child write a note to themselves to reflect on later.
DIY Time Capsule Ideas:
- Their favorite fashion trends from a magazine
- A newspaper published on their birthday
- Certificates/ribbons from sports games
- School papers/art projects
- Photos from the past year/years
- Party items such as confetti
- A book with a special note
Now that you’ve gotten your box full of memorabilia, it’s time to add personalized messages. We have included a few printables you can place in the time capsule to share your love with your child. A Note to Me, from Me can be a future note to your child that they write themselves. My Favorites and Goals for the Year will also be written by your little ones. If your child is too small to write them on their own, write down their answers for them. A Message for a Wiser, Older You can be from their parents, grandparents or another important adult in their life.
You can download and print these from the links below:
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