Holiday Trimmings ala Army Surplus

November 13th, 2009 in blog, projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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I used these as chair back decorations, but they could be just as easily hunk on a door knob or a wall. For Thanksgiving I flipped the applique to the back and placed the unadorned side facing out. I filled the canteen with water and added fall florals.
Oh so cool canteens purchased at an Army surplus store will be on duty at my house for all three of the upcoming holidays. Dont you just love their wooly little jackets?
I love the hardware on these canteens. The hardware simply dressed with ribbon and Fall florals will be perfecto for turkey day.
The jackets slip on and off easily making it a snap to add whatever embellishments you choose.
You can create your own designs and stitch somthing on, use fabric glue, or my personal favorite Stitch Witchery. You could also go the more glamorous route and simply buy a beaded or crystal applique from you local craft store and attach. Poof!
Next up...Christmas.  Flip the canteen around, add greens, berries, some red velvet, and you my friends, are good to go!
Three little Army guys.
Details, details, details!
I think the cap of the canteen looks like a little Christmas bell. Agree?
This little guy needs to get dressed...or maybe not!!
Moving along to New Years Eve. I took the jacket off, dressed it up with black and white stickers and ribbon. I love when junk is so adaptable!
Just a closer peek.
I used these as chair back decorations, but they could be just as easily hunk on a door knob or a wall. For Thanksgiving I flipped the applique to the back and placed the unadorned side facing out. I filled the canteen with water and added fall florals.

I used these as chair back decorations, but they could be just as easily hunk on a door knob or a wall. For Thanksgiving I flipped the applique to the back and placed the unadorned side facing out. I filled the canteen with water and added fall florals.


I was looking through my stash the other day and came across these little babies....some things just never get old, especially when it comes to dressing up your home for the holidays. These were created for a Christmas sale at JUNKMARKET many moons ago and have been a part of my Christmas decor ever since. This year, I decided to pull them out early and use them from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve. With a little slight of hand this was easily accomplished.


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Comments (16)

ilovetobemom writes: I love the canteen with the stickers on it. It is so pretty and different. Posted: 12:59 am on November 19th
MimiToria writes: Queen Junking Sue here's to another project that is so playful, unique and interesting. I love that you always give extra ideas with your projects.
You are our reigning Queen. : -)
Gretchen Posted: 2:02 pm on November 17th
suewhitney writes: Thanks all! Just a quick tip...if you do not have an Army Surplus Store in your neck of the woods check on line for surplus product. I have purchased items on line befor with great success.

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 11:48 am on November 16th
georgiamoon writes: Sue...I just love how you came up with so many ideas for the same things. They are adorable. You are the QUEEN of details! love all the little things that only you come up with, I am now inspired to get on with my holiday projects and hope they turn out half as good as yours..wish me luck! Georgia Posted: 5:24 pm on November 15th
JunkArchitect writes:
Sue, lots of great holiday ideas and very inspiring. Definitely put me in the spirit to get some holiday junk projects completed.

Jim
Posted: 11:42 am on November 15th
shabbychick writes: Sue - very cool use for the canteens - all dressed up for the holidays! Love the little jackets!

You always give us so many great options...and lots of ideas!!

Thanks, Kathy Posted: 10:56 pm on November 14th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: You had me at surplus, Sue, but I am digging the fun Army items! Nicely done and thanks for another awesome project!
Candy Posted: 8:45 pm on November 14th
berton718 writes: Sue,
I love this idea!! You are the JUNK QUEEN!! Thanks for the inspiration!! Posted: 8:30 am on November 14th
alicemom writes: Oh Miss Sue!!! Another fine example of multi-purpose decor!
Smiles, alice Posted: 11:13 pm on November 13th
DownHomeDIY writes: OK, these cleary say celebrate good times...no matter what the occasion. I agree with RustyDiva, New Years is my fave and is the belle of the ball! Posted: 5:40 pm on November 13th
fellowjunker writes: UNBELIEVABLE Sue!!!! These are just great----I love how you always show so many different options/ways of using things.
xojanis Posted: 4:26 pm on November 13th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: Like I said Lady the talemt you have is behond imagination what you can do. I love your projects. You are a inspiration to all of us who can take junk and make its so beautiful. What a beautiful piece. It looks like that everything is so perfect.A talent only Lord can give. You have a nice day and evening Sue. GOD BLESS ROBERT. Posted: 4:13 pm on November 13th
greencolleen writes: well i dont have any of these but how cool is that ;). no army surplus around here either. oh well . want to thank you sue for your vision in this site. its like this huge junking community. how friendly! i get great ideas and so much encouragement, this is a very positive force, soooo may the force be with you ;) Posted: 3:01 pm on November 13th
SnowmanHill writes: I love this idea!! How cool is that, and the best part is that I have a few in my attic!!! Can't wait to play with them. Thanks for the inspiration Sue!
Krista Posted: 12:51 pm on November 13th
AtticusFinch writes: And very Veteran's Day salutable...
Your talent just amazes me...
Sheri from Texas Posted: 12:35 pm on November 13th
RustyDiva writes: I salute your fantastic project Sue! These little guys are so cute and adaptable to every occasion. I love them all but my fave is the New Years. Guess I have to find an army surplus now ~ I think there's one about an hour and a half from me.

Kenda Posted: 11:40 am on November 13th
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