Start a new tradition this year by putting things into a New Year’s Eve time capsule to open next year! This free time capsule printable and tons of time capsule ideas make it easy to do a time capsule for this year or even for the decade!
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New Year’s Eve Time Capsule Activity
This activity is meant to be used as both a reflection of the past year and also a fun thing to use for next year’s New Year’s Eve celebration. And it’s perfect for kids, teens, and adults!
The most fun thing about this time capsule activity this year is that not only could you do a time capsule for this year, you could actually do a decade time capsule as well.
Put things in from this year then open it again at the end of the decade to see how much changed. I can guarantee more will have changed in 10 years than in one.
What is a Time Capsule?
If you’ve never done a time capsule before, the basic idea is that you put things into a sealed container at some point and then don’t open it again for a certain length of time.
However long you choose – but you can’t open it. The idea is that the time capsule will give you a glimpse back at what life was like when you put the items in the time capsule.
Time Capsule Supplies
If you’re going to create time capsule at a New Year’s Eve party with friends, I recommend telling people ahead of time so they can bring items to put into the capsule.
If you’re doing it with just your family, you will really just need to get time capsule containers ahead of time and everything else you can probably find in your home.
The main things you’ll need include:
- Time capsule printable pages (get the PDF toward the bottom of this post)
- Pens for people to fill out the time capsule
- Items to put in the time capsule
- Time capsule containers
1 – Things to Put in a Time Capsule
The time capsule printable in this post has a checklist of items to put in the time capsule (pictures, napkin from a favorite restaurant, trinket or toys), but that’s just a starting point. Here are some other ideas of things you could put into the capsule as well.
- Newspaper or magazine clippings of important events from the year
- Gear from your favorite sports team
- Favorite book or movie
- A tool or gadget you use all the time
- Something that has a lot of sentimental value to you (maybe make a copy to put in there if it’s valuable or you don’t want to lose it)
- Copies of plane tickets, concert tickets, etc.
- Toys/small trinkets/items that mean something to you or represent the year (like fidget spinners a few years ago)
- Napkins, menus, brochures from favorite restaurants/stores
- Box or wrapper from a favorite treat/snack/drink
- One of these albums or a copy of this New Year’s Eve playlist
Like for instance, this year my time capsule might include:
- A printed Baby Yoda meme
- One of the photos we took with our new baby in the hospital
- A couple of photos from family trips from the year
- An empty bag of Pizza Goldfish
- The empty special Star Wars gift card from A Galaxy’s Edge
- Coal cards from my viral saran wrap game post
2 – Printable Time Capsule Questions/Goals
The printable at the bottom of this post also includes a sheet of accomplishments from the past year and goals for the upcoming year. Put one or both into the capsule and when you open it next year, you’ll get to see if you accomplished those goals.
Tip – write the goals down somewhere other than just in the time capsule so you remember them and can actually work on them! That way you won’t have to open the time capsule to remember what they were.
3 – What to Use for Your Time Capsule
Okay so here’s the big question – you’ve gathered all of the items and filled out the printable time capsule form. Now what? What are you going to put your time capsule items into?
You’ll want to get something that’s big enough to hold the papers and a few items (you can always fold the papers), not see through, and something you can seal or at least close to put away for the year.
Here are a few ideas that would work depending on what you’re putting in your capsule:
- Dark colored jars with lids
- Padded envelopes (in case you have anything fragile you’re including)
- Black plastic paint cans
How to Create a Time Capsule
Creating the time capsule is really just as simple as filling out the printable pages, putting all of your items in the container you chose, and sealing it all up.
I recommend putting some sort of label on the outside so you know what the time capsule is and don’t accidentally open it when you’re decluttering your house for spring cleaning. Just something that says “time capsule XXXX” with the year name instead of XXXX. You’ll be really sad if you open the time capsule before the year is up on accident!
Another tip – put a reminder on your calendar for December 30th of next year to go find the time capsules and get them out to look at! That’s one of the most fun parts of the activity – looking at it a year (or 10) down the road.
Download the Free Time Capsule Printable
Enter your first name and email address below to get the time capsule printable. The PDF comes with seven pages including:
- Time Capsule instructions
- Name Sheet
- All About Me Sheet
- Time Capsule Check List
- Last Year’s Accomplishments Sheet
- This Year’s Goals Sheet
- A Letter to My Future Self Sheet
If you do not see the pink form below, click here to get to it.
Other Fun New Year’s Eve Ideas
- New Year’s minute to win it games
- Countdown boxes
- New Year’s Eve dice game
- Ring in the New Year Party Ideas
- Black and white New Year’s Eve ideas
- New Year’s Eve trivia games