Military Crafts to Make

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Military Crafts to Make
Decorations are an easy and educational craft on the military rewards system. (Pool/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Military crafts are a fun way for children to learn about the armed forces, as well as remember the fallen heroes during Memorial and Veterans Day. The possibilities are endless, but if you are making crafts together with children, avoid choosing projects directly connected to armed conflicts, such as weapon models. Replicas of decorations, attire or non-combat military equipment are more suitable for kids.

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For this easy craft, you need a lightweight action figure (preferably one of a soldier) and a plastic shopping bag. Stick the arms of the action figure to the plastic bag using tape. Enlarge the handles of the bag, trimming the sides, front and back, so that air can come inside easier and give the parachute the necessary resistance. Practice a few times until you find the optimal bag size for your action figure.

Army Canteen

Use an ordinary canteen, preferably of green, olive or brown colour. Use a ribbon of the same colour to make a strap for the canteen. Tie or glue the two ends of the ribbon on the canteen, Use white foam letters to personalise the canteen. Cut out the letter of your or your child's name, and stick them on the canteen's surface with tacky glue.

Military Medals

The method to make a military award replica is the same with creating other types of medals, such as Olympic medals. Roll polymer clay so that you have a 3 to 5mm thick surface, and cut out your medal. Decorations of the U.S. Armed Forces are not only round medals, but also octagons, stars, hearts and other, more complicated shapes. You can find pictures of the medals at the Institute of Heraldry Website. Carve the basic characteristics of the decoration and bake the clay to harden it.

Military Jeep

Design the jeep's front, back, top and the two sides on paper. Paint the jeep using camouflage patterns. Glue the parts with transparent sticky tape from the inside of the paper jeep. Alternatively, you can download the 3-D military jeep paper craft from HP's website. However, if you choose that option, you have to stick the jeep's parts with glue on the white parts of the craft.

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