Time Capsule

Make this time capsule can and start your own tradition with your family each New Year! Place one item from each family member inside a decorated can marked with the year on the front. Wait until all the kids are grown to open all the time capsules for a wonderful family memory!


Time Capsule Supplies:

  • Empty can with plastic lid (mixed nuts, peanuts, potato chips, etc)
  • Yellow construction paper
  • Tape
  • Red glitter glue
  • Gold chenille stem
  • Scissors
  • Red acrylic paint
  • White craft glue
  • Piece of paper
  • Pen or marker

Time Capsule Directions:

  1. Be sure that can is clean and dry. Wrap can with yellow construction paper, glue or tape in place.
  2. Glue a piece of gold chenille around the bottom of the can. You will need to hold the chenille in place until the glue adheres.
  3. Dip one finger from each family member in red paint and dab off excess on paper towel. Place a red fingerprint on the side of the can.
  4. Use red glitter glue to write the year on the front of the can. Let it dry completely.
  5. When dry, have each family member place a small item inside the can. Use a pen to write an “inventory” list on a piece of paper stating what each member added to the time capsule.
  6. Place the list inside with the other items and seal the can with its lid. Don’t open until all children are grown (or at least not until next year)!


  • For very small children, make sure they don’t place something inside the can that they will miss too much.
  • Talk about how fun it will be to open the can next year and look inside.
  • Use a different container each year to have a fun variety to open.

by Amanda Formaro

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