2011 Time Capsule Printable {My New Year’s Gift to You!}

{Click here for the 2012 Time Capsule Printable}

Celebrate the New Year family-style by assembling a time capsule!  Creating a Family Time Capsule is not only a fun, no-cost project for a special day, but it doubles as an exciting surprise when opened a year later.

How to Create a Family Time Capsule

Salvage a box from the Christmas aftermath.  Let the kids go crazy with markers and stickers to personalize it.  After each member of the family adds something(s) to the time capsule,  seal it and stuff it in a corner of the basement or a closet for a year.  Next year open the time capsule and discover forgotten treasures and memorable moments!

What to Put in a Time Capsule

Anything reminiscent of the current year will work just fine!  A few ideas:

  • a favorite pair of kid jeans that are now a bit short
  • the shoes they wore until there were holes in them
  • this year’s Christmas letter and photo
  • a small toy they can part with for a year
  • a list of antics and current kidisms written by mom and dad
  • school portraits
  • other candid photos
  • current kid drawings and craft projects
  • a written survey of each child’s current likes and dislikes

My New Year’s Gift to You!

Thank you, dear reader, for hanging with me day in and day out.  Trying my recipes, discussing the tough questions, giving thanks for the simple, and celebrating the Finer Things!  You’ve made 2011 a fabulous one, and I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings.  My New Year’s gift for loyal Finer Things readers is this free 2011 printable time capsule survey your kiddos can fill out.  Hey, you can even fill one out if you want.  Why not?!


Does your family create a New Year’s time capsule?  What do you or would you like to include? 

A big thanks to New Season Design for turning my idea into a fun printable!


  1. Amy, this is a magnificent idea. I printed 4 of them so that we could all fill one out. Thank you!

  2. Oh these time capsules sound like such fun! If we had storage space and were sure we weren’t going to have to move in the coming year, I’d be sure to do one.

    I have made a sort of time capsule out of our pictures and videos the last two years and we intend on watching them on New Years Eve this year.


    Now I’m going to just have to think of these as virtual or digital time capsules!

    Happy New Year to you and your family!

  3. Le s i g h…

    This makes me want to go back in time. But maybe…just maybe…I won’t worry about that and do this with my older kids :).

    Thanks, Amy….love the idea!

  4. Great idea ! What a fun family activity ! I think we will do this on New Year’s Eve. Now I just need to figure out what to add to our box…hmmm ???

    Thanks for the printable…my kids will enjoy filling it out.

    Happy New Year !

  5. Adding this to our Family Day activities today—thanks so much Amy!
    Happy New Year!

  6. I am a new fan of your blog. Just wanted to say what a GREAT idea! I am going to use the large Quaker Oats container we just emptied after making oatmeal cookies. I can stash it back at the top of my pantry!

  7. Thanks! This is too cool!

  8. Thanks Amy :). I think I must of been subscribed for over a year now – my, how time flies!

    Happy New Year!

  9. I would love this time capsule for my soon to be kids. The titles you list at the top of your page look like things I am interested in but I am a bit dumb on where to sign up for your mailings. Thanks!

    • Hi Cathy — in the header of my blog, toward the right, you’ll see a search bar. Above the search bar are several symbols. You need to click on the @ symbol to sign up for the daily mailings. Thanks!

  10. love it!

  11. Thank you for sharing. I’m going to have the kids do that today. What a great idea.

  12. What a wonderful idea, thanks for sharing!

  13. We love this simple time capsule and can’t wait to open it next year! Thanks a million!

  14. I really wanted to print out the worksheet but when I go to facebook, there are bingo cards?

    • That’s because the New Year’s printable was offered back in December/January. 🙂 The bingo cards were for summer. I’ll try to find my document and email it to you.

  15. I love this. Do you have the printable file? And can I edit that file for 2012 and so forth? This is going to be so fun. Thanks!

  16. Hello.
    I came across your Time Capsule Printable from 2011 and I love it. Thanks for sharing. Is there any chance that you have a version that we can edit (change the year, maybe change a question)? If so, I would absolutely love to get that and complete that with my nieces. I know it’s not the 1st of the year anymore, but this weekend will be the 1st time seeing them in a while. 🙂
    Thanks! 🙂

  17. Thanks I will have my 5th grade students fill one out


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