SIGN tutorial - Military Welcome Home - MEMORIAL DAY - Independence Day - PARADE - DIY craft idea - 4th of july

Ever heard of Honor Flight? Talk about an emotional experience for everyone involved. This is a wonderful organization that honors and recognizes our Veterans, most specifically our WWII Veterans, with "A Trip of a Lifetime" to Washington D.C.

Flight #42, The Chester Hall Memorial Flight, they brought a solider to his final resting place to Arlington National Cemetery.

We've attended the welcome home event several times and EVERY SINGLE TIME I cry. The Veterans are emotional, the crowd is emotional and it's all happy tears. The last Welcome Home event they honored Vietnam and Korean War Veterans. They spoke about how soldiers were treated when they arrived home from Vietnam and THIS is the welcome home they deserved. ((sniffle))

If you want to learn more or attend a Welcome Home event visit Honor Flight Austin for more details.

With all that said, we wanted to make signs to show our support. I made these in about 15-20 mins and have used them for 4 Welcome Home events and 2 Independence Day parades. They still look fantastic and everyone wants to know how we made them or take photos.

NOW, I'll share my secret....or laziness for something quick and easy.

Supplies -
Foam core poster board - Such a HUGE difference from regular poster board. Maybe $1.99 each and really worth it. Plain black or white are cheapest and colors are pretty pricey at $7.99. I went with white. Purchased at Micheal's.
Stickers or markers - I'm a perfectionist and even with my handwriting I would just pick it apart on how non-perfect it looks or not completely straight. I went with stickers. 50% off coupon at Micheal's.
Garland - YES!!! Such a quick addition that makes your sign AWESOME! $.99 from the dollar store or after Christmas I purchase different colors.
Hot glue gun / glue 

I pictured flags because I found them at the dollar store but we ended up just holding them. :)

I cut out the stickers and arranged them before sticking to look at spacing.

I hot glued the garland around the edges. Really fast and easy. Then I placed the stickers.

We made two. One more specific to the Honor Flight and the other we could use for parades.

One event we brought red and blue cookies for all the Vets. The boys love to shake their hands at the end and this was a little something extra. 

Hope this helped. Any questions, please ask!

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