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Cover Your Flaps: How To Cover Your Care Package

May 24, 2017

I’ve shared a lot of care package ideas on this blog, everything from what to put in them to keeping costs down. But no matter what tips or tricks you use, care packages usually start in the same spot: covering the flaps. For many military spouses, it’s a way to say “I love you” when our loved ones are so far away. Luckily there are as many ways to cover your care packages as there are versions of “I love you”.

Ways to cover care package flaps

Maps

Maps are fairly cheap and you can get them just about anywhere. This would be a lot of fun for a travel care package or even one with a hometown theme. I used a map for my North Carolina care package and one full-sized road map covered a medium flat rate box perfectly, including the interior sides. I cut it into 12×12 sheets and then used my Silhouette to cut it to the right size for the flaps.

Pictures

My husband always raves about any photos I send him so why not take this to the next level and cover your care package flaps with pictures? You could enlarge them so they entirely cover each flap or make a collage with multiple photos. Places like Walgreens and Wal-Mart offer relatively inexpensive enlargements and collage printing, plus Walgreens will ship them to you!

Children’s artwork

What do little kids love more than anything else? Well maybe not anything else, but drawing has to be in the top 5 for sure. Have them get creative with crayons (or paint if you’re really adventurous) and get them to decorate the care package flaps. You could also have them use stickers, markers or just about any other craft supply.

Scrapbook paper

Scrapbook paper is probably the go-to care package flap cover because of how versatile it is. You can purchase them in just about every color and pattern for any holiday, theme or occasion you can imagine. Two 12×12 pieces will cover the four flaps and you’ll need another 12×12 piece for the bottom of the box; medium or large flat boxes both take the same number of sheets.

Newspapers

Did something big happen in your hometown recently? Did your loved one’s favorite team win the championship? Grab a newspaper and use the relevant sections to cover your flaps. You could also use the funnies to give your loved one a much needed laugh.

Posters

Do you want to send a music or movie themed box? Use a poster to cover the flaps! You can get posters for just about any popular movie, TV show or musician these days and one poster should cover the entire box. You may need to do a bit of measuring to make sure you make the right cuts, but it will look so cool once you’re done!

Wrapping paper

Similar to scrapbook paper, wrapping paper comes in every patter and style imaginable. You can treat it just like the map: cut it into smaller sections and then trim it to fit your box.

There are almost as many care package flap cover ideas as there are themes to decorate for. What are some of your favorite things to cover care package flaps?

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4th of July Care Package

May 22, 2017

What says “happy Monday” better than a new care package? A new 4th of July care package, of course! That’s right, I’ve added a super cute patriotic care package set to the shop and it’s ready for you to check out.

I wanted this 4th of July care package to super fun and festive, but simple. I toyed around with using a variety of patterned paper to get the festive look, but opted instead to stick with the good ol’ red, white and blue. Frankly, the finished product makes me exceptionally glad that I did. All of the colors are really vibrant and pop against each other.

To add a little extra pop, I selected shimmery paper for the text and stars.  I used similar paper for the flaps of my St. Patrick’s Day box and loved the look so much that I knew I would use it again.  But I didn’t stop there. I went full on glitter bomb with the paper I selected for the fireworks.

I don’t use glitter paper very often due to my husband’s borderline irrational fear of it. However, when I think fireworks, I think sparkle, so I decided to go for it. And honestly? Those sparkly little fireworks make me so darn happy and I hope they make y’all happy too.

You can shop this 4th of July care package right now in my shop and, as always, it ships for free! Plus 10% of the purchase price is donated to an organization that supports military families.

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Summer Care Package

May 17, 2017
Summer Care Package

What do you consider to be the official start to summer? Memorial Day? When you have to switch your AC on for the first time? For me, it’s when temps hit the 90s and we are officially there in North Carolina this week! The flip flops are out, the AC is on and a summer care package is the perfect way to celebrate!

The best part about a summer care package is that it could have a variety of different themes all based on whatever the recipient loves most about the season. You could send a beach-themed box, a baseball care package, a backyard cookout box or even one that celebrates camping. (You can find even more ideas in my giant list of care packages.) To me, the only requirement is that it’s fun in honor of summer.

I was recently at Michaels and found some super cute paper that would be beyond perfect for a general summer care package. What says summer better than flamingos and pineapples? You could also find paper with flip flops or sunglasses on it.

Things to include in the box vary a bit based on your theme, but you really can’t go wrong with:

  • Sunglasses
  • Flip flops
  • Shorts or swimsuits
  • Astronaut ice cream
  • Little paper umbrellas to put in their (non-alcoholic) drinks
  • Cooling towels
  • Hawaiian breeze air freshener
  • Tropical flavored protein powder
  • Otter pops – if possible, I would keep these in their original box just in case any pop.
  • Anything bright and colorful

The sky’s the limit with summer care package inspiration. There are so many things to celebrate and who wouldn’t a box full of fun in the sun?

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Five Secrets For A Perfect Travel Care Package

May 10, 2017
Travel Care Package

Hello all, long time no chat! Some really long days at work plus some family obligations in a town with no internet conspired against me late last week and early this week. Hopefully I’m making up for it today with a great post about how to put together the perfect travel care package.

Travel Care Package Tips

1. Make it about a future trip. 

This tip is actually courtesy of my husband. He enjoys looking forward to our post-deployment vacations and a travel care package that helps him do that would be a lot of fun. This box can help your loved one get through the draggiest part of deployment by giving them something more fun to focus on.

2. Decorate the flaps to look like the destination’s flag. 

Flags are a great and easy way to decorate your travel care package. You could print the flags out and paste them onto the flaps or you could create them out of construction paper. Not sure what the flag of your destination looks like? Here’s a great place to start. You could also add pictures of the place to your flaps as well.

3. Include foods unique to the area. 

This may be the most difficult tip to accomplish, but places like World Market have a wide selection of international foods that are shelf stable. They’re a one-stop shop for every country from Australia to Japan to India. You can find other travel care package food in specialty grocery stores or ethnic food markets.

4. Send movies or books that take place there. 

I definitely recommend sending guidebooks for wherever you plan to travel, but you could certainly take it a step further by sending novels or even films set there. They may not be the most accurate representations of the place, but they will definitely get your loved one excited for the trip!

5. Wrap contents in a map of the destination.

So you’ve decorated and filled your travel care package with great things, but now what? I’m a big believer in wrapping care package contents and this care package is no exception. But how do you make it fit your theme? By using a map as wrapping paper of course! Depending on your destination, you can likely find them in a bookstore or order them online.

My husband and I love to travel together so a travel care package is definitely in store for a future deployment. If you were sending one, what would be your destination?

P.S. Congratulations to Carolann for winning my military spouse giveaway! Thanks to everyone who entered!

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Love Language Care Package

May 3, 2017
Love Language Care Package

In March, A and I read The Five Love Languages: Military Edition and it had a big impact on us. We’ve been more intentional about how we love each other because we want to speak each other’s love language. But the book got me thinking about how to continue that even when we’re half a world apart. Of course, my first thought was a love language care package!

But that seems to be easier said than done. After all, how do you ship someone their love language? It definitely requires you to get creative, but luckily for you, I’ve put together some inspiration for your love language care package.

Love Language Care Package

Words of Affirmation

If your significant other’s love language is Words of Affirmation, you better get your writing hand ready! Sending written reminders of how much you love them and why they are special to you will go a long way to making them feel loved. You can spread the work a bit by having friends and family all contribute letters. Or get really creative and put together a video of everyone sending their love.

Quality Time

A quality time love language care package may be one of the toughest ones to put together, but it can still be done! Unless you’re shipping a really really large box, you probably won’t be able to send yourself, but you can still fill your loved one’s need for quality time. A great way to do that is to send a book to read or a movie/TV show to watch and discuss together. You could go all out and send materials (food, candles, music, etc.) for a date night that you’ll have via Skype.

Receiving Gifts

Technically the care package itself could fit this category, but let’s take it a step further. Add in special mementoes from any trips you take while he/she is gone, even if it’s somewhere as simple as the park. You can get little ones involved by having them collect leaves or shells from their travels. Buy them a new shirt just because it made you think of them. You could also make a coupon book that’s redeemable after homecoming.

Acts of Service

While it’s difficult to perform acts of service for someone when they aren’t present, you can still make this love language into a care package. Send notes or updates about tasks you’re completing around the house. It may feel like bragging at first, but knowing that their car has been taken care of or that the grass is being mowed consistently may fill their love tank more than anything else could!

Physical Touch

I’m paying special attention to this love language care package idea since it’s my husband’s primary love language. Physical touch seems like it would go out the window during a deployment, but it doesn’t have to. Sending pictures (or any reminder of you that’s tangible) or spritzing your perfume on a pillowcase/t-shirt are great ways to continue loving your spouse.  You can also send handwritten notes that say things like “I wish I could give you a hug right now” or “if you were home, I would rub your back to help you relax!”.

A love language care package is a great way to keep your spouse’s love tank full even when separated by distance. Have you ever sent one? What did you include?

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