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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Military Care Package Box Decorating Ideas


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One of the things I enjoy doing to pass the time during my son's deployment is to decorate the inside of his care packages.  So far, I've only done two but they were so much fun and I'm looking forward to the next one.

The first one I decorated was his Valentine's Day care package.  I'm using the USPS large flat rate boxes.  You can get those for free at your local post office.  You can order military flat rate box kits at USPS.com.  Those kits come with several different sized boxes, labels, and packaging tape and are also free.  I believe you can order up to 5 kits per day.  This is helpful if you plan to send multiple packages to multiple people.

Since I'm a military mom this time rather than a wife, this is not a romantically themed box.  I wanted my son's box to represent Valentine's Day but also seem a little more masculine.

Image Credit:  Tina Truelove (Abundant Family Living)
  
Image Credit:  Tina Truelove (Abundant Family Living)

Image Credit:  Tina Truelove (Abundant Family Living)
  
Image Credit:  Tina Truelove (Abundant Family Living)

The final result:

Image Credit:  Tina Truelove (Abundant Family Living)
Some of the things I put in the Valentine's Day box included Pringles potato chips, Twix candy bars, Snickers bars, Rice Krispy treats, baby wipes, and hand warmers

The second box I decorated was his birthday box. I used wrapping paper, gift bag cutouts, and images I printed from my computer. 

Image Credit:  Tina Truelove (Abundant Family Living)

Image Credit:  Tina Truelove (Abundant Family Living)
I filled his birthday box with similar items but I added brain teaser games.  My son shared with me that the guys have enjoyed the brain teaser games so if you're thinking about sending a fun box for your military family member, you might want to add a few of those into your box.  My daughter created the cute birthday banner which stretches across the box when the box is opened up.

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If you don't want to decorate a box yourself or you don't have the time to decorate and stuff a box, you can order complete care packages on Amazon.com.  You can actually have the pre-made care packages shipped directly to your Soldier from your Amazon account.  Shipping is free with Amazon Prime.


Read other posts about living through deployment here.

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