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Time Capsule Ideas (7 Easy Mementos Making Guide)

Time Capsule Ideas – Celebrating a precious moment in our life does not have to be something expensive, but it must be memorable. Time capsule is a great way to capture memories that you’ll cherish forever. Not only it is great to recall the past, it’s a fun project too.

This article will cover several aspects around Time Capsule Ideas as follows

  • What is a Time Capsule?
  • Time Capsule Definition
  • What would you put in a Time Capsule?
  • What is in a time capsule?
  • How to make Time Capsule
  • Family Time Capsule Ideas
  • Time Capsule Ideas 2020

What is a time capsule?

Before proceeding further, we need to be clear about what a time capsule is. It is a container that holds our personal items, such as clothes, photos, newspapers, letters, puppet, or anything resemble ourselves or people we intended to. It’s usually hidden away either indoor or outdoor. This is great as a present to yourself or a gift for your loved one. You can open it after a year, five, twenty, or as long as you wish.

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When do you need a time capsule?

Your time capsule could be started around special occasions like graduations, weddings, new born babies, holidays, vacations and other momentous occasions.

Time Capsule Content Ideas

The ideas could be varied and depend on the personal preferences, but usually it includes magazine (or particular pages of magazine), newspaper published on the birthday, Certificates/ribbons from sports games, School papers/art projects/tasks, Photos, Party items, book with special note, letter, key holder and so on.

Specifically, If you need stronger mementos, then you can put these items in a time capsule, such as daily newspaper, TV program lists, ticket of concerts or movies, restaurant bill, business card, letters for the future, photos, video tapes, vacation items, etc.

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After knowing the time capsule purpose and the requirements, you are ready to start your own time capsules. Here are some time capsule ideas that you might need as a gift for your special occasions.

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1. Coronavirus (Covid-19) Time Capsule Ideas

Coronavirus has changed our ways of life rapidly. Hence, we need to adjust our activity correspondingly.

There is the idea to create a time capsule due this worldwide pandemic has done to use. You may download the free printables on letsembark which includes:

  • Page to draw a family picture
  • All about me
  • How I’m feeling
  • My community
  • What I am doing at home
  • Handprint page
  • Special occasion page
  • Letter to myself page
  • Interview for the parents
  • Letter from the parents

2. Time Capsule Ideas for Baby

Randi, mom of five had her twin the first year birthday and decided to make a time capsule for them. She started with simple plain white photo boxes which is easy to find at any craft store.

She put the hats and bibs which her kids wore at their birthday party; small recorder which record the sound and giggle they make; notes from friends and fun stuff such as coins from the year thy were born; the stamps used for the invitation; birthday announcement; foot and hand print; and the pictures of the birthday party.

Read the full story of Randi and her twin at

The story of Randi and her twin is only an example on choosing the right stuff to put inside the box for the birthday time capsule ideas.
But there also still quite a number of other stuff to put there, from the present family tree, hits songs, small popular toys, message from family elders, grocery store receipt, etc

3. First Birthday Time Capsule

The idea is pretty simple, yet very meaningful time capsule. It can be used when you invite the families or colleagues to the first birthday. You only need print simple action words for the guest and let it flow.

But, if you don’t want to make it by yourself, you can just buy it online. Just visit etsy shop for the time capsule.

4. DIY Wedding Time Capsule Guest Book

Rather than using a standard guest book that only contains standard information, a lot of couples are trying to find unique ways to invite their guest to sign in. One of the ways is using wedding time capsule ideas. The guests are expected to write notes, messages, hope, prediction or anything related to the future of the couple. It could be for a year ahead, five, ten, or even twenty years ahead. It is also a good way to involve the guests who can not attend the wedding ceremony to participate in the happy day.

Just like what Jen Causey shares, a very beautiful blue DIY Wedding Time Capsule Guestbook. The designs are already prepared, you only need to download and print it right away. The making processes are also pretty simple, using common supplies which are easy to find, and indeed, cheap!.

Read the full guides and steps on how to make DIY Time Capsule Guestbook at

Here are some of the making process pictures of the capsule

Then to give you more ideas for your special day, I also gather some catchy ideas for your wedding time capsule. Indeed, you can customize your own wedding time capsule according to your taste and preference

5. Message in a Bottle Rack

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The idea is similar, the guests are invited to write the notes and messages. But here, the notes and messages will be read according to number written on the bottle. a year? or 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 years later?

6. Wedding Pinata

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Just put it at the reception table and ask the guest to write a messages for you. In the next year or following 5 years, you can write what they written to you.

Aside from the guest book time capsule ideas, you can also make a traditional time capsule where you put your personal things and keep it in a safe place or simply bury it until the time you want to see it again to remember what life was like the time you were marrying your spouse. The box used can be any box but you have to adjust it according to where it would be placed. For example, if you want to bury it in your garden, you need a holder that can stand longer like a metal box. But if you only place it indoor, then a cardboard box or shoe box is enough to put all the stuff.

you can simply put a daily local newspaper, a TV guide, weekly magazine, wedding ceremony program, champagne toast cork, marriage certificate copy, wedding invitation copy, cake knife and other utensils, cake topper, honeymoon ticket, etc.

7. DIY Vacation Memory Jar

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You can preserve your vacation memories a little stronger and longer with vacation memory jars. Filled with mementos collected on the trips and images taken on the spot, they are like a piece of memories that always can be visited again and again.

The craft is an original idea by Linda of masonjarcraftslove The idea is putting your vacation souvenirs into a jar and put your images in it. By doing so, you can recall the time you spent on your vacation. Very nice one!

Read the full guide on how to make the vacation memory jar by linda at here

Here are some of the making process images

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8. DIY Time Capsule Christmas Ornament

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Christmas is an annual special time for family gathering. This time capsule Christmas craft ornament is a great way to wrap all the Christmas spirit and memories up and save them to relive later. The guide is also come with free printable, thanks to Kim.

Read the full guide on how to make the Christmas time capsule at

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9. Memory Jar Ideas (With free printables!)

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One of the best way to time-capsuling memories are by making a memories jar. It is quite simple and easy to make, affordable, and neat.

You can choose any theme for the jar such as for vacation memory or for the people you love. This memories jar from makeanddocrew is intended to recall memories from specific moment and years.

Just download and print the provided label, cut it out and attach it to your jar. Then get busy with some memories project!

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Kevin Darabont

I am a freelance writer who loves to craft, home decor improvement, and active DIYers. I am happy to share my knowledge and experience to the world and learn new things everyday.

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