This DIY craft is easy to make – with your kids or on your own – for a thoughtful gift or a treasured keepsake. Start with our easy instructions and then take your capsule to the next level with one of our theme ideas.
1. Pick a Container
If you’ll be burying your time capsule in the dirt, opt for something sturdy and resealable, like a Mason jar, coffee can or a 2-liter soda bottle. For indoor hiding, repurpose tissue boxes or paper towel and toilet paper rolls as capsules.
2. Fill it with Memories
The only limit to time capsule relics is the size of your container. Beyond that, anything goes – newspaper clippings, photographs, ticket stubs, notes and vacation souvenirs are great places to start!
3. Hide or Display
Bury your time capsule in the garden or yard, or hide it in a closet, under a bed, in the attic or in the basement. You can also show off your time capsule by putting it in a jar and setting it on a mantel, desk or nightstand, so your heartwarming memories are always just a glance away.
Time Capsule Themes
Theme your time capsule around milestones like graduations, weddings, new babies, holidays, vacations and other momentous occasions. Here are some ideas to get you started:
As a baby’s first gift, fill a time capsule with memories from that year, like newspaper clippings, wrappers from food you craved and pictures of family and friends.
Tip: Create a 365-day capsule to remember your baby’s first year. Put the little one’s first shoes, toys, photos and more inside the capsule.
Remember family vacations or adventures abroad for years to come by making a time capsule for each trip. Put photographs and souvenirs inside – think seashells, sea glass, key chains, maps, plane tickets and postcards.
Another Year Wiser
On your or a loved one’s birthday, start a time capsule to fill with relics over the upcoming year. Rather than hiding it, go through it at your next birthday and smile at how far you’ve come!
Tip: Write a list of your favorite songs, movies, actors, books, restaurants and the like from that year too, to see how your tastes – and times – have changed.
From your first date to your wedding day and beyond, let a time capsule tell your love story. Tuck inside movie stubs and menus, love notes, your wedding invitation and reminders of inside jokes.
What will go inside your time capsule? Tell us in the comments section below!