A Baby Time Capsule - A Real Treasure!

How to make a time capsule for your baby or kid:

A baby time capsule is a great new baby gift from a close relative or from a very close friend. But of course, a newborn time capsule also is a wonderful surprise from the parents to their little one to preserve all kinds of firsts and stories of their kid. Learn here how to make this wonderful gift and precious keepsake.

This page deals with general tips on time capsules, while this page here lists more than 50 time capsule ideas of what to include. 

As I said, a time capsule is not only a great newborn gift but also something special for baby's 1st birthday and for older kids. It even makes a great surprise for big birthdays such as a 18th, 21st or 50th birthday and many of my ideas can be used for all time capsules and not just for babies. 

So my tips on how to make a baby time capsule are meant to help and inspire both parents as well as family and friends wanting to make this creative homemade gift. 

What Is A Baby Time Capsule?

In case you should not be familiar with a time capsule gift let me shortly explain what it is and what it is good for: a time capsule is a box containing memorabilia, keepsakes, stories, photos and more reflecting a certain date and time period, in that case the time when baby was born or was small.

The idea is that the container will be stored away and only be opened at baby's 18th or 21st birthday or any other birthday or occassion such as his or her wedding, etc.

When the time capsule is opened, it will be interesting to see how things have changed and probably the nostalgic keepsakes will provoke a few giggles, too.

baby's firsts to include in time capsule


Definitely worth to keep! Some of baby's firsts such as baby's hospital hat, baby's hospital onesie, first pants, first curl and first pacifier.






Choose Your 'Ingredients' For Your Adult Or Baby Time Capsule:

If you are planning to make a time capsule for baby's birth, first look through my baby time capsule ideas of what to possible include - to do so, click the link below and find 50+ awesome time capsule ideas.
Decide for yourself what you want to add to your customized time capsule - a really unrivaled personalized baby gift and keepsake to be treasured today and in the far future. Finally, choose an appropriate time capsule container.

When making a time capsule gift, please do not just throw all your items into the container. Consider that certain items such as newspapers, photos and personal notes might deteriorate over time. Therefore, in order to best protect them, put them in acid free envelopes, zippered plastic bags or even vacuum sealed bags. Doing so ensures maximum protection and will make your gift last!


Time Capsule Container Ideas:

For your convenience there are ready-made and complete time capsule gift sets available. They do not leave much room for your own creativity and customization - so I would not necessarily opt for one of these. On the other hand, if you are pressed for time and do not feel like doing much thinking, they certainly serve the matter after all.

Shop ready-made time capsules for baby.

For your homemade time capsule, you need to pick a suitable box, chest or container. The size, design and style depend on what you want to include in your time capsule gift. 


When selecting the container, consider two possibilities: either you fill the time capsule with your ideas and then seal it with a label saying 'only to be opened on or after...'. Then nobody can add anything else.
Alternatively, you choose a box leaving space for more keepsakes to be added by the parents such as baby's first tooth, its first curl, its first paintings, etc. Sometimes it is also necessary that you yourself add something later on still (for example, if you want to include a bottle of wine of baby's year of birth).

Your container could be a tin box, a thick cardboard box, a storage box with a lid, a toy box, a treasure chest or trunk, etc. To give you an idea, view some beautiful and decorative boxes suitable for a time capsule for baby.

Decorative time capsule boxes.


You might even like to design the box yourself by taking an empty shoe box and by laminating it with nice (wrapping) paper. Another fancy homemade idea is a piece of laminated drainpipe with sealed ends.

To personalize your box, use a name sticker or foam letters / wooden letters on top. Do not forget to mark the date the container may be opened!

Some people think it is a good idea to bury the time capsule in the garden. I would not recommend this. People might move or the time capsule might be forgotten and lost. Also, the container (which should be a special one if you plan on having the capsule buried) might not be tight and all the contents might deteriorate and be useless. And that really would be a pity after all your efforts!

Bear in mind that a baby time capsule gift definitely is no last minute gift but needs some planning and preparation ahead! So you should enough have time and resources left to build a beautiful keepsake for baby.

Help to build the longest and most comprehensive list of baby time capsule ideas on the net - have time capsule ideas that are not listed on my page yet? SHARE THEM WITH US!

Opening the container...

A baby time capsule is an amazing gift which baby will truly appreciate in adulthood. Which grown-up doesn't like to think of the 'good old times', dreaming of days gone by and things and stories almost forgotten...

And maybe you can even be present when the box will be

What to include: 50+ ideas to put in your time capsule!

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