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Back-to-School Time Capsule

By: Mariah Leeson
August 9, 2019

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Back-to-School Time Capsule

Whether your kids are starting kindergarten or headed off to middle school this year this DIY Back-to-School Time Capsule is the perfect way to preserve memories and keepsakes throughout the year. 

The beginning of the school year is full of excitement and new adventures, but this time of year is also such a busy and hectic time. Before you know it the school year is flying by and the details you swore you would never forget are nothing more than a distant memory.  

With this fun DIY Back-to-School Time Capsule, you can preserve those precious memories and at the end of the year, you can reflect back and see just how much has changed over the year. Our family has been doing this time capsule tradition for years, but instead of putting the keepsakes in a box, this year I decided to create a fun DIY painted pencil back-to-school time capsule.

Back to school time capsule


Items needed:

Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics - School Bus
Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics - Flamingo
Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics - Dolphin
Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics - Black Tie
Paper Mache Tube with Lid
Washi Tape
Paint Brush
Free Back to School Interview

Back to school time capsule supplies

Decoart multi surface paint


Start by taping off a 2" section of the tube toward the top. I placed the lid on the tube and traced around the bottom of that with a pencil, and then used washi tape to tape off the second line creating my 2" section.

Diy back to school time capsule step 1


Paint the bottom half of the tube yellow. You may need more than one coat of paint, to get a smooth even finish.

Diy back to school time capsule step 2


Once the yellow paint is dry paint the middle 2" section you created with the gray or silver paint.  

Diy back to school time capsule step 3


Finally, paint the top section and the lid with the pink paint to create the eraser on your pencil.

Diy back to school time capsule step 4
If you want you can separate the middle gray layer from the others with thin green washi tape for a decorative finish.

Diy back to school time capsule step 5


Once you've finished painting the time capsule and the paint has dried it's time to personalize it. I used my Cricut machine to cut out each kids name, grade and school year in vinyl. If you don't have a cutting machine you can always use stickers or a black marker to personalize your pencil.

Diy back to school time capsule step 6


Now it's time to fill the time capsule with those treasured keepsakes. Visit Giggles Galore and download our free back to school interview. This is a fun little questionnaire your kids can answer to see what their favorite things are and what they are most excited about for the new school year. At the end of the year download the free end of school interview and see how much they have grown and changed over the year.

Diy back to school time capsule step 7


Other ideas of things to include in your time capsule are your child's handprint, their back to school picture and what their hopes and dreams are for the school year. 

Diy back to school time capsule step 8


Throughout the year you can add treasured keepsakes like awards, artwork or standout assignments.  

Diy back to school time capsule step 9


At the end of the year open up the time capsule and take

Be sure to visit Giggles Galore  for more projects and to learn more about Mariah Leeson.

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