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Upcycled Graduation Time Capsule

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Is anyone in your family graduating this school year? Have you thought about making a time capsule? Time capsules are fun to make – especially out of recycled Pringles cans. I had planned on making this craft a month ago but accidentally recycled my Pringles can. So I had to ask my husband to pick up another can – opps!

I got the idea for this project when my younger son graduated from pre-school. His class did a time capsule in plastic shipping tubes. Actually I think they were like those tubes that people use to set out flyers when their house is for sale. Anyway, they are not free and not eco-friendly. But, still a fabulous ideas.

How to Make an Upcycled Time Capsule

graduation time capsle tutorial


Pringles can

Foam letters, alphabet stickers or stamps

White paper (I used the back of wrapping paper)

Double sided tape


Gold ribbon or tape

Optional – Black electrical tape

Step 1: Measure the length of the Pringles can. Then cut out your wrapping paper/white paper to fit. The width doesn’t matter, because the paper can wrap around more than once to make sure the Pringles graphics don’t show through.

Step 2: Tape down one vertical edge of the white paper on the canister and wrap around. Tape down the seam with double sided tape.

Step 3: Tie your gold ribbon with the tassel around the center of canister. If you want, add black electrical tape wrapped the top and bottom edges of the white paper.

Step 4: Calculate when you want to open this capsule. Either 5th grade moving up, eighth grade graduation or high school graduation. This will determine “Class of ??” which you’ll add with your alphabet stickers or stamps.

Step 5: Bury it somewhere in your house, like the back of a closet.

What to Put in a Graduation Time Capsule?

1. Let me guess, you have school artwork up the ying yang. Put your favorite piece in your time capsule.

2. You must include a picture.

3. Want to interview the graduate? Check out Eve’s interview questions for kids.

4. Stickers with your child’s favorite character.

Congratulations Graduates!


I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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2 Responses to Upcycled Graduation Time Capsule

  1. Lucy Schmidt May 28, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    What a fun idea — for not only graduation but lots of occasions. It’s a good solution for using some fun items that may otherwise make their way to the recycle bin because you have no immediate use. And, what a terrible excuse for having to go buy more Pringles. ;-)

    • Eve May 28, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

      Ha,ha. Great excuse, I know : )

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