In honor of Veterans Day, we wanted to share a very special DIY project from our fabulous guest mom, Ashley. One of the largest challenges military families face are deployments. A typical deployment can be from six months to even a year. That time apart can be extra hard for families especially for the kids whose parent is deployed. Ashley decided to create a Deployment Wall for her two little ones to help make the time apart from their deployed dad a little bit easier.
“I found the large world map on clearance at Hobby Lobby a few months ago. I also purchased the metal “Mail for Daddy” basket, “All you need is love” picture frame, the “mail” chalkboard letter holder, and “favorite hello…” sign from Hobby Lobby.
The clocks, “USA” letters, and calendar are from Target.
And the “Days until Daddy comes home” picture frame I made. I just used black chalkboard paint and a paint pen to make it.
The pillowcases and mini chalkboards are from Amazon. (I have the name of our city written on one chalkboard, and the name of my husband’s deployment site written on the other. I blurred them out in the pictures for Persec/Opsec, though.)
The chicken wire baskets are from Walmart.
The red wipe board is just an old one that I repainted with some chalk paint to match the theme.
I covered an old corkboard with burlap and used upholstery pins to update it a bit.
The red basket on the table is a holdover from my teaching days a few years ago.
I was really inspired by some pictures I had found on Pinterest. So hopefully our little corner can inspire someone else, too!
Thank you to Ashley for sharing this special DIY project. A special thank you to all those who serve and have served our wonderful country.
xo The FAM Team