This is a simple craft that grew from a Girl Scout Brownie Try It. One of the activities to earn the "All in the Family" badge is to make a family time capsule. This is a simple and cheap project. There are 2 specialty supplies needed. Adult supervision is also needed, but an 8 year old can do most of the work. We started with a box my husband made, for this project, out of scrap wood. The lid is attached with screws. This makes a nice box, worthy of display.
Wax paper to cover work surface
Wooden box, made or bought at the craft store (11 x 5 ½ x 7 inches)
1 bottle Mod Podge (4 oz)
- Cover work surface with wax paper.
- Collect papers to attach to the box. Since this is a family time capsule we used pictures cut from brochures left over from vacation as well as ticket stubs. We also cut logos of favorite games and activities. Post cards, stamps, and stickers can also be used. Have each member of the family select images that are special to them.
- Once the papers are assembled it is time to glue them on. The process of decoupage is very simple. Using a sponge brush spread the Mod Podge on one side of the box. Paint the back of the paper with Mod Podge. Then lay the paper on the wood surface. Use your finger to smooth the paper out. Get all the air bubbles out. Brush more Mod Podge on the paper, again smooth out. Keep adding glue and papers until that side of the box is covered. Cover the entire side with a layer of glue. Allow to dry. It doesn't take long, 30 minutes or so. Then continue to add glue until the surface is even and you like the appearance of the box. You can go on to another side as you wait. Follow this technique until all sides of the box are complete.
- For the lid, use a paint pen to write when the box can be opened. We chose 2031. That will be 20 years in the future. Then use glue and paper to continue the technique used on the rest of the box. I used an entire 4 oz bottle on our box. Thick papers take more layers of glue. Allow the box to dry well before moving on to the next step.
- Fill the box. Have each member of the family find items that represent them. Some of our items are silly bands, game pieces, newspaper, CD cover, score cards, postcards, and family photo. Items chosen should reflect the persons interest now. My daughter collects silly bands, so she added 2 of those. She also loves legos, so we added a mini figure. Talk about why you are adding these items. If you can't think of what to add, ask for help. Your family knows you very well, they can help you decide what to add.
- When the box is full seal the box closed. Place the box in a prime location for all to see.Such a simple craft, the whole family will enjoy.