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Memory Keeping: Baby's Time Capsule




Before long, most new parents find themselves adrift in a jumble of precious trinkets: tiny shoes, well-loved toys, embroidered gowns, the lock of hair from baby's first trim. With some creativity, you can use these things to create a poetic record of the first years of life.

Check out our other memory keeping projects for Baby: Book of Firsts, Mother's Journal, Book of Good Wishes, Memory Binder, Framed Memento: Hand over Hand, Framed Memento: Shadow Boxes, Arranging Photographs.


  • Archival box
  • Acid-free paper
  • Mementos
  • Front page of a local newspaper, laminated (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Line an archival box with acid-free paper.

  2. Step 2

    For a simple time capsule, place a few items in the box -- we chose a teddy bear, a disposable diaper, and a pair of baby shoes. To build a more comprehensive keepsake, include photographs, videotapes, and a cassette recording of your child's earliest words or feats of logic. A laminated front page from the newspaper will situate the objects in time. Stash away to revisit whenever you're feeling nostalgic.

Martha Stewart Baby, Volume 1 Special Issue 2000



Reviews (2)

  • andreia_simoes 25 Aug, 2008

    It would be nice if we could add some photos of our work based on Martha ideas.

  • korrie 23 Jan, 2008

    I've done something similar with my son baby memento's (a little car, stuffed animal, his first pair of socks, one-piece and hospital bracelet) I've used the same type (different sizes) of frames and decorated paper in similar colors and lined them up in a geometrical grid.