I’ve shared a lot of care package ideas on this blog, everything from what to put in them to keeping costs down. But no matter what tips or tricks you use, care packages usually start in the same spot: covering the flaps. For many military spouses, it’s a way to say “I love you” when our loved ones are so far away. Luckily there are as many ways to cover your care packages as there are versions of “I love you”.
Ways to cover care package flaps
Maps are fairly cheap and you can get them just about anywhere. This would be a lot of fun for a travel care package or even one with a hometown theme. I used a map for my North Carolina care package and one full-sized road map covered a medium flat rate box perfectly, including the interior sides. I cut it into 12×12 sheets and then used my Silhouette to cut it to the right size for the flaps.
My husband always raves about any photos I send him so why not take this to the next level and cover your care package flaps with pictures? You could enlarge them so they entirely cover each flap or make a collage with multiple photos. Places like Walgreens and Wal-Mart offer relatively inexpensive enlargements and collage printing, plus Walgreens will ship them to you!
What do little kids love more than anything else? Well maybe not anything else, but drawing has to be in the top 5 for sure. Have them get creative with crayons (or paint if you’re really adventurous) and get them to decorate the care package flaps. You could also have them use stickers, markers or just about any other craft supply.
Scrapbook paper is probably the go-to care package flap cover because of how versatile it is. You can purchase them in just about every color and pattern for any holiday, theme or occasion you can imagine. Two 12×12 pieces will cover the four flaps and you’ll need another 12×12 piece for the bottom of the box; medium or large flat boxes both take the same number of sheets.
Did something big happen in your hometown recently? Did your loved one’s favorite team win the championship? Grab a newspaper and use the relevant sections to cover your flaps. You could also use the funnies to give your loved one a much needed laugh.
Do you want to send a music or movie themed box? Use a poster to cover the flaps! You can get posters for just about any popular movie, TV show or musician these days and one poster should cover the entire box. You may need to do a bit of measuring to make sure you make the right cuts, but it will look so cool once you’re done!
Similar to scrapbook paper, wrapping paper comes in every patter and style imaginable. You can treat it just like the map: cut it into smaller sections and then trim it to fit your box.
There are almost as many care package flap cover ideas as there are themes to decorate for. What are some of your favorite things to cover care package flaps?