We have a family tradition of making handmade Christmas ornaments each year.
The kids love getting out the giant box of tree ornaments and finding the ones that are so personal to them.
As a result, my Christmas tree is a wonderful hodge-podge of mismatched ornaments. It would never win an award for beauty, but it always wins in sentiment. Each ornament tells its own story.
This year, we made Time Capsule ornaments.
The kids loved the shrink plastic, and I loved hearing the things they thought were important enough to be included in their time capsules.
Here are the supplies you will need to make your own time capsule ornaments:
- Shrinkable Plastic Sheets (white)
- Shrinkable Plastic Sheets (clear)
- Sanford® Sharpie Markers (assorted colors)
- Acrylic Fill-able Star (one for each person)
- Various Craft Punches (large basic shapes work best)
- Hole Punch
- Metal Rimmed Tags
- 1″ Circle Punch
- White Cardstock
- Cookie Sheet
(Forgive my super crappy photo. It was hard to catch the clear shrink plastic against my white counter!)
I used my paper trimmer to make fake notebook papers for my kids to record current information on.
Make an additional “line” down the left hand side with a red Sharpie. (Like lined paper.)
Have your child record information about their past year on the “paper.”
Ideas to include: new friends, vacations, operations, illnesses, pets, hobbies, height, weight, favorites (candy, food, etc.), sport uniform number/position, goals, dreams, “when I grow up I want to be…”, list for Santa, chores, firsts (lost tooth, job, driver’s license, etc).
The clear shrink plastic is also great to use for tracing. My kids printed out some of their favorite cartoon characters, placed the image underneath the clear shrink plastic, and traced over them. Really nice for kids who feel they aren’t all that artistic.
And I need to put a disclaimer here, this is not just a project for kids. My husband and I did our own time capsules, as well as one for our pets.
Make more shapes than you think you will need. They shrink up pretty small.
When you have completed as many shrink shapes as you would like, lay them all out on a cookie sheet. Spread them flat, and do not allow them to overlap.
I don’t care how “mature” you are, watching the plastic shrink is fun stuff! Some of the shapes may curl and warp as they shrink. This is okay. They almost always level themselves out. Just let them keep shrinking. There were a couple of shapes that we smashed with the bottom of a mug to level them out, but most of them corrected themselves.
Let the shapes cool, and then have the kids find their pieces, and place them into their star.
It was easy to personalize each time capsule with metal rimmed tags.
Use a computer to print each person’s name, and the current year.
You could also do this by hand.
Then, using a 1″ circle punch, cut the name/date out. (It is very easy to flip the craft punch over, so you can see where you are punching.)