This month Army Wife 101 has  another great care package tutorial from the best care package designer I know Amanda at

Hey Ladies! It’s time for Thanksgiving already!! Below is a step by step guide to creating a simple and quick festive care package for your service member this Thanksgiving! Remember to have fun making your package, it ensures your service member will be able to feel the love radiating from their package when they open it!

Step 1: What You Need

  • A large APO/FPO shipping package (which is available for free at your local post office)
  • Four pieces of festive wrapping paper (cut to the size of the side flaps of the box)
  • Thanksgiving stickers!! (these are cardstock stickers from Hobby Lobby)
  • Felt pumpkins (available Hobby Lobby)
  • Plastic fall colored leaves (available at Hobby Lobby)
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Paper Lunch Sacks
  • Yarn or bread ties (to tie the bags closed)

Step 2 : Decorate

  • Glue the wrapping paper securely to the side flaps of the package
  • Glue the leaves and pumpkins on each side flap
  • Place stickers onto the side flaps

Step 3: Filling Your Care Package

When shopping for your care package, always keep in mind that the items should be non-perishable, and individually wrapped. Individually wrapped items are great for taking out on missions, and will last longer! The items in this package are all food and drink items, you can always include toiletries and entertainment goodies as well! The items in this package are as follows:

  • Cheez-It crackers in snack sized bags
  • A can of individually wrapped Slim Jim’s
  • Crunchy granola bars
  • Chewy granola bars
  • Snack sized Starburst
  • Snack pack peanut butter crackers
  • Cracker Jacks
  • Drink Mixes (to pour in water bottles)
  • M & M’s (snack sized)
  • Skittles (snack sized)
  • Fall themed snack cakes

Some cute ideas for more festive snacks for your Thanksgiving package

  • Candy Corn
  • Pumpkin shaped pretzels
  • Pumpkin pie snack cakes
  • Pumpkin shaped lollipops
  • Pecan pie snack cakes

Step 4: Pack Your Goodies

In my experience with making care packages, I have learned that you can fit alot more in your package if you take all of your items out of their packaging boxes. I like to use paper or plastic sacks to place the goodies in; it makes the package cuter, and gives your service member something to open! It’s like they have received a package full of presents. Just place all of your items inside of the bags and tie them off, using either yarn or bread ties, then place them inside of your care package…. And Voila!! You have just created a festive Thanksgiving package for your service member, which they are guaranteed to love!!



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Krystel is the mom of two and an Army Wife. In addition to Army Wife 101 she is the Co-Founder of a digital media agency that connects brands with the military market. She has appeared on MSNBC ,FOX LA and formerly was a weekly contributor to HLN's "Raising America". She has written for various outlets including Sheknows and Lifetime and is a big fan of cupcakes and french fries.

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