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My son is an 8th grader in military school (his choice). I promised him a military theme for next year's Christmas tree. I've started buying little action figures and camouflage vehicles at the 99cent store, but they are mostly olive drab colored. I may enhance them with silver or gold paint, but need other 'crafty' creative ideas for decorations that will stand out on a green tree. Or should I get a campy silver tree (ugh!) and keep camo decorations as is? Help!
Claudette from New York, NY
What about patriotic? Red, White and Blue?
Is he attracted to any particular branch of the miltary? Small planes, ships, etc... could be more colorful?
"medals" on ribbons would be fun, too.
Insignias. Check out flea markets or gun shows for military items,scrapbook "uniforms", flags, military buttons secured to a wooden nickel in a collage format, origami for planes, caps/hats, toy jeeps, trucks, military transport vehicles. Check out military websites for ideas-
Search on line for images and print on cardstock, and laminate for longer shelf life Old photos of family members in uniform? I saw some cute insignias made out of those iron on beads in a recent post.Print compelling speeches or patriotic phrases on paper to create a 'garland"--or you could print onto patriotic or other ribbon of your choice. Send us a photo when completed.
for under the trees decorating ideas you could buy camo fabric (walmart 1.99 per yard would take 1 yard for a simple circle cut tree skirt) and if he has some army boots set them under there and place some of the gifts in them wrapped (small ones) keep all your wrapping paper colors the same colors like solid green paper then some light green paper. try to find old dog tags and string them through fishing line for tinsil trim. maybe make little card stock cards with saying on them like salute! or Go Army! things like that and hang on the tree using a paper hole punch. solid green tiny christmas lights on the tree.
I think it's awesome your son is in military school! Have you checked out your local NEX or AMEX? The exchange will have medals and small flags and all sorts of military things. And absolutely they will have military themed ornaments.
You'll need someone with a military ID to sponsor you in order to go to a military exchange -- shouldn't be too difficult with your son in military school!