Monday, January 25, 2010

Time Capsule!

“Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't
own it, but you can use it. You can't keep
it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it
you can never get it back.”

While I was on vacation in Barbuda for NYE 2009 with my family this past holiday , my Aunt J. had a great idea, she said, "why don't we all write a letter to our future-selvs & contribute something ... anything ... that you will find interesting, funny, or inspiring ten years from now!"
In other words, A FAMILY TIME CAPSULE!

Honestly, this is one of the best, most creative, and fun things you can do with your friends, family, or significant other! Personally, I think Janurary is a good time to put it together so that you can open it up on NYE the next year, in 5 years, or in 10 years - but you can really start your time capsule whenever you want. Be as creative as you'd like and leave it hidden for as long as you'd like - it is YOUR time capsule!

Creative Ideas & Examples for a Homemade Time Capsule:

1. Tell everyone who is contributing to the capsule they must hand in two things

Thing #1 - A handwritten (more authentic than typed) note or letter to their future-selves (could include what you're currently doing, your hopes & dreams for the future, or a funny inside joke with yourself).

Thing #2 - Any object you wish (I put in a business card from my current job), but you can include anything.
Example, my 22 year old and recent college grad brother put in an ATM receipt that read a negative $25 balance!
(he hopes he can laugh at that 10-years from now!)
Example, my cousin Tommy, age 14, threw in a hood he cut off one of his favorite sweatshirts that was falling apart!

2. Make your Time Capsule from scratch using things you already have around the house
- the more random the better

Example: I used an old UPS box that I had from a delivery and covered it with tourquoise tissue paper to make it look pretty. Next, since I was on vacation in Barbuda, I took one of the free scenic post cards from the front desk and wrote on the top "BONANNO FAMILY TIME CAPSULE - 2010"

Suggestions & Ideas:
Use old Tupperware, gift boxes, shoe box, tin container etc...
Cover with news papers, magazines, articles, left over holiday wrapping paper, construction paper, tin foil, etc...
Decorate with markers, garland, stickers, pictures etc...

3. Have everyone participating put their "things" into the box, seal it up, pick a date to open it, and "hide" it in a spot that you will remember.

Add a reminder for that date in your calendar

4. Have fun with this - it is a great way to gather with the people you love and share great memories!

If you are interested, you can do some more reading on different types of Time Capsules here:

'Til next time - Stay Creative!


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