All you need to make a time capsule is a clean empty coffee can or a large jar with a lid and the items you will put in it. of course, you might also like to decorate your jar or coffee can. You can cover it using paint or even colored paper. Don't forget to decorate the lid also. Write or paint a special message on your time capsule. You should include the year you made it and also write something along the lines of "Do Not Open Until January 1st 20XX". Choose whatever date you want. Use a spray or brush on varnish to seal your design.
Once you are done designing your time capsule and have let the sealer dry, you need to find some special items to place inside it. Some personal items such as a few pictures would be nice. You might also want to include items that are popular fads or trends. You might also want to consider writing a letter to whomever finds and opens your time capsule. You can tell them about yourself, your family, your pets, hobbies, etc. Here are some of the items we put in our time capsule:
- We included the front page of the newspaper that was published the day we put together the time capsule.
- We added a photo of each of the kids and had them sign it. At that time, our kids were 13 years old, 11 years old, and 9 years old.
- We took some pictures of the house then and also the neighborhood.
- We had each kid include a small toy that was popular at that time. They added a Teenie Beanie Baby, a Pokemon card, and a Hot Wheel car.
- We also wrote a short letter that told them about us and why we were moving.
Once you have your time capsule decorated and filled, you want to put the cover on and seal it shut. You can use glue or tape, or even both. If you use, glue, make it a strong glue, just keep in mind that whoever finds the time capsule may have to break it to open it. I would suggest using tape, but make sure it is a strong tape, like duct tape.
Finally, once all of that is done, you need to find a safe hiding place for your time capsule. Hopefully someplace where no one will find it for quite awhile. If you want to be the one to find it and open it, make sure you put in some place you will have access to in several years. When we made ours, we were doing a bit of remodeling before we sold the house, so we actually sealed it behind the new sheet rock we put up. I wonder if anyone has founds ours yet at our old address in St. Paul, MN yet?