Back to School Time Capsule

My twins start kindergarten this year and with the start of school looming I’m starting to feel a little nostalgic about my babies starting this new chapter in their life.  I’m excited for them and me to be honest (hello to a full day of getting work done without interruptions!) but I’m also a little bit sad that those two tiny little people actually aren’t that little anymore!  Last year when my oldest daughter started school we started a new family tradition with a Back to School Time Capsule, which I originally shared on Living Locurto, and in light of my babies heading off to kindergarten it just seemed appropriate to share it here on Giggles Galore.

Back to School Time Capsule Giggles Galore

The beginning of the school year is such a busy time for families, full of excitement and new adventures.  But it always seems to fly by way too fast and before long the details you swore you would never forget are just distant memories.  So why not start your own family tradition and preserve those precious memories with a Back to School Time Capsule.

When my kids were little I used to roll my eyes at people who would tell me “cherish every moment, it goes by way to fast” but now I know exactly what they were talking about!  Last year my oldest daughter started kindergarten and I couldn’t believe how much she changed throughout the year.  I wish that I had done more than snap that obligatory 1st day of school photo so I could really see how much she had grown and changed throughout the year. Which is why this year I decided to make a back to school time capsule to record important details from the school year and years to come!

You can make your own Back to School Time Capsule with a few craft supplies.

1. Gather your supplies. You will need scrapbook paper, a box to hold your treasures( I used a paper mache book from the craft section at Hobby Lobby), embellishments, glue and craft paint.

Back to School Time Capsule Supplies

2. Cover the box with scrapbook paper and paint any sides that aren’t covered with paper.

Back to School Time Capsule Book Cover

3. Once the paint is dry, cut paper to fit on the inside of your box and glue it down.

Inside Back to School Time Capsule

4. Next, use a hole punch or an eyelet setter to punch holes in each sides of your book.  String ribbon through the holes and tie a bow to keep your time capsule sealed.

Back to School Time Capsule Punch

Back to School Time Capsule Bow

5.  Add embellishments to the outside or put your child’s name on it.

Back to School Time Capsule Decoration

6. Finally, add treasures to the time capsule that will serve as a remind of how much your little one changed throughout the year.

Memory Keeper_Back to School Time Capsule

We included a hand print, a piece of ribbon which measured her height, the necklace she wore the first day of school, and a First Day of School Interview (get the FREE Download here.)  Other ideas for things to include in your time capsule are special notes or trinkets they get on the first day of school and a self portrait or picture from the first day of school.  We also plan to add special items throughout the year to our back to school time capsule.

First Day of School Interview

We will open the time capsule the last day of school to rediscover the treasures, add our End of School Interview and see how much she has grown throughout the year!

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I hope you’ll start a new family tradition and preserve special memories this year with your own Back to School Time Capsule, I’d love to see what you create if you do!  I’d also love to hear what your families special back to school traditions are.

Don’t forget to check out our other creative school themed parties and projects:

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Back to School Interview

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Back to School Treat Bag

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Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.


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  1. Absolutely darling just love this idea!

  2. I love the idea of a time capsule to capture a moment in time.

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  4. SO CUTE. I love the idea, and you did a great job with this!

    Thanks for linking up at Wordy Wednesday!

  5. What a cute idea! Your time capsule is being featured in a back to school roundup at The Pin Junkie today at


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