Deployments are never easy. It is hard on everyone: spouses, parents, and definitely children. One thing we military folks know is that one way to get through a deployment is by keeping busy. One neat activity I found for me and the boys is creating a deployment wall.
It was over a few months ago, while bingeing on Pinterest, that I came across some pins showing pictures of deployment walls. I thought that it was such a cool idea and I knew the kids would love it.
Over the next few days, I pinned a few of these deployment walls on my military board for inspiration. Here are some steps and ideas for creating your deployment wall. Also, at the end of the post, you will find a link to my free deployment wall printables.
Steps for Creating a Deployment Wall
First, I suggest heading over to Pinterest, search “deployment wall”, and pin any and all ideas you like. Check out the items they use and the location of their walls. When you are ready, make a list of all the things you would like to add. Here are a few suggestions.
- military portrait of deployed person
- 2 clocks
- eraser board
- cork board
- military branch symbol
- extra pair of dog tags
- shadow box
Once you have collected all your materials, determine what wall you would like to use. This will depend on how much you want to add to your wall and/or the size of your items. In the picture below, we used our homeschool world map wall.
Now, it is time to get crafty and add some personal touches. Here are a few creative ideas:
- Turning a cereal box into a mailbox. Click here for this tutorial.
- Create a waving American flag with toilet paper rolls. Click here for this tutorial.
- Use a shadow box to hold mementos such as letters, photos, flag, or dog tags. Click here for this cool idea.
- You can find touching ‘military’ quotes on Pinterest. Search for these and create framed quotes or create a wooden wall décor with quotes printed. Too much trouble? Etsy has a few you can purchase.
Below I describe how I put our deployment wall together. I have also provided links to some of the materials we used as well as a link to my free deployment wall printables that you can download and print for your own wall.
Supplies I Used for Our Deployment Wall
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If you would like to create this same wall, here are all the supplies you need:
- Laminated world map and tacks
- 3M command hooks
- Scotch reusable squares
- Small American flag
- Two clocks
- Mini clothespins (alternative to yarn)
- Free printables available below
Here are some pictures that show how I set this up.
Putting It Together
I printed out all the tags and labels on colored cardstock. You can use regular colored paper but I strongly recommend using a heavier paper or cardstock for the numbers as they can wear down with use.
We used a small flag that was given to us by a veteran some time ago for donating money to our vets. If you don’t have a small flag around the home, that’s okay. I have created a printable flag for you as well.
This wall took us about an hour to create and put together. It is so worth the time. The boys love removing the numbers daily.
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The Wall After Homecoming
After our homecoming day (you can read that post here), we replaced the tags and used the numbers to countdown until the last day of school.
Your Free Printables
If you want to create your own deployment wall, I have available free printables that also include Daddy and Mommy tags depending on who is deploying. Click below and you will receive them in your inbox shortly.
If you have kids that are reluctant writers then check out my post on Creating a Deployment Newsletter. I have created free printables for this activity that encourages kids to write to their deployed parent often without it feeling like a chore.
Also, check out our kiss jar in at the Coping with Another Deployment post.
I Want to Hear From You
Let me know how your wall is going by commenting below. I would love to hear how you put yours together. If you have any suggestions that I can add to the bonus, I will gladly update the printables.
And don’t forget to sign up for my freebie alerts. If I create a free printable or update one, you will receive an email with that link directly. So don’t miss out and sign up below.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope for a fast and safe return home of your loved ones.