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Published on June 26th, 2010 | by Wenona Napolitano


Create Time Capsules with Wine Bottles

Do you have some beautiful empty wine bottles lying around, perhaps as a memento from a special occasion, that you don’t really want to alter but are just taking up space?

I have a solution for you- make a wine bottle time capsule.

It’s easy to do- you just need a clean, dry wine bottle, a cork or something else to seal the top and some small items to place inside the bottle such as photos, a piece of paper with something memorable written on it, ticket stubs, a napkin, a small piece of jewelry, a pebble, some sand, anything that reminds you of a certain special day or a time in your life.

If the bottle was from your wedding day consider adding some ribbon from a gift, a scrap of wrapping paper, one of your invitations, a photo from the wedding, a copy of your vows, other decor or mementos from the big day (like a small favor, a personalized napkin, the penny or sixpence worn in the bride’s shoe, a piece of the aisle runner, anything that will fit in the bottle, except anything perishable).

If the bottle was from a vacation you could put in photos, fliers, ticket stubs and other small items from the vacation. If you are tech savvy you could add a thumb drive or memory card full of photos or digital scrapbook pages.

Once you have everything in your bottle seal it up and put it away. You could add a tag that says “do not open until…” For a wedding bottle maybe open it on your 10th or even your 20th anniversary. For a family vacation maybe open 5 or 10 years after the kiddies head off to college. You can stash the bottle away in a secret place or place it on a shelf as a pretty decoration.

Creating a time capsule within a bottle is a fun and simple way to reuse a special or pretty bottle you’ve been saving.

No tools are needed- just gather your memories and put them in the bottle- put the bottle in a safe place then open years from now to take a trip down memory lane.

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About the Author

Wenona is married with three crazy kids that range in age from 4 to 18. She is a freelance writer, poet and the author of The Everything Green Wedding Book. She enjoys reading, writing, crafting and gardening. She tries to do all of these as "greenly" as possible. Her writing has appeared in several local and regional publications, Pack O Fun, Today's Creative Home Arts, and Indiana Living Green magazines as well as numerous online sites including,,, eHow, Associated Content, Suite101 and

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