Thursday, July 30, 2009

Stealing Opa's most excellent idea

My middle son, Chase, has a slight obsession with all things military. And when I say slight, I mean he would literally sign up and head off to war today, armed with his vast knowledge of weaponry and battle, if the armed forces would let him.

When we see soldiers anywhere in uniform, he immediately runs up to shake their hand, and almost tearfully thanks them for their service to our country. I've written before about how he wanted to donate all our money to the marine corp veterans outside the grocery store. And he gets giddy with excitement when he sees recruiting centers and it's all I can do to keep him from just asking if he can sign up.

Because, "You never know, Mom. They might have changed the age limit!"

Heaven help me.

So you can imagine what Pearl Harbor was for him, then.

When he saw this vintage poster in the gift shop, he knew he had to have it.

My problem was how to hang it once we got it home. I did not want the four-thumbtacks-in-the-corners-approach, as I knew within weeks it would be shredded and warped.

Also knowing how my boys play in their room at night, the last thing I would allow was a giant-sized piece of glass hanging over their beds, just waiting to be shattered with a football. A traditional frame would never work.

So, what to do?

Thankfully, I married into a resourceful family. Opa had the idea in years past and we successfully adopted it here. You get a piece of foam board about the size of your poster (or larger, and just cut it down with a t-square and box cutter). Mount your poster ever-so-carefully using spray-on adhesive. You need about six pairs of hands for this step, as you want to ensure it lays smooth and flat without any air bubbles or premature adhesion.

Once that is done, wrap the edges in black tape, and voila! A gorgeous piece of military history that makes my little soldier so very happy.


I think it actually looks pretty cool and am now wishing we had picked up a few more.

Wait! I will volunteer go back and get them. Yeah, that's it. Send me!

Oh, all right. I'll stop.




Maybe.

21 comments:

christina-defining moments said...

That's wonderful he has such an appreciation of the military and that he lets them know. As a former (and future) military spouse, I know how much the military is needed and often overlooked. So please tell your son, he is making his own contribution by his thanks.

Annemarie said...

That really is a great idea.

That boy of yours is a great kid and an old soul. I love it.

Susanne said...

This looks great! I wonder if it would be easier to mount it on a larger board and then trim it down? I think I'll try this with some of my kids' artwork using different colors of tape.

And I love how your son adores the military and our servicemen. You've taught him well.

With love from the mom of a US Airman

Matthew said...

Awesome. My boy is the same way. We went to an air show last week and he was going nuts trying to get close to everyone in uniform. I loved it!

Anonymous said...

Chase i am glad you LOVE the military you are a great person



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Christie said...

Hi I love the military hi MOM

Christie said...

NO the one above is from her son

Amanda D said...

You are telling me that the black is tape? No way. It looks so professional! I'm impressed. As always.

Cindy said...

Fabulous idea. I've been thinking about doing something similar to that... only I didn't think about the black tape. That is a brilliant!

Susy said...

Great idea!
My nephew is a marine and received his orders are you ready.....Hawaii for 3 years. He arrived there about the time you did. However he gets to stay! My sister was very happy that he is not going war, well just not yet! Enjoyed your pixies post more!

Ilene said...

I have been experimenting with modge podge in my house. It is good to get another helpful tip.

Some boys are just born with the military gene.

Mine were born wtih the Jedi gene.

Lauren in GA said...

It looks fantastic! I am totally going to copy this idea. Well, not that I would know anything about footballs being thrown in the bedroom...

...or bodies being thrown in a brother on brother cage match.

Anna said...

You never cease to impress me. Now I know why Lanie loves you so much.

Check Ebay for military recruiting posters.

BTW, I love you too.

danandcindy said...

Remember all the times I filled out military recruiter cards with your name on them, in hopes that you would get drafted... That was awesome...
it never did work. but you got some nice shirts out of the deal...

statman said...

I think Dan got Frank and Princess drafted. I haven't seen either of them in years. Chase is awesome!

Rosie said...

Brilliant, I tell ya. Thanks again, friend, for another great idea. Keep 'em comin'.

brooke said...

Am I the only one who giggled at "premature adhesion?" Okay, just making sure.

Diane said...

Great idea! Dan filled out military recruiter cards for you? What a hoot!

Rachel Ellen said...

When I babysat on Thursday, Chase wouldn't let anyone touch it. He was very proud of his poster! :)

Woman Interrupted said...

Hey, that's pretty crafty! I bet I could use that idea somewhere...

D-dawg said...

Ok, so when I blog from my iphone I send an email to a blog address that I set up through settings on blogger. It's not an iphone app. Is that how you do it? I have no idea why my pics are bigger. But I just went to blogger and set it up to my phone from there and then just email the photo and message and it posts. I just said the same thing twice. Let me know if that works!