Make Every Day Veteran’s Day
Veterans need our support year round. While it’s great to make things for them on Veteran’s Day, don’t forget the rest of the year. Show you care, make something special today.
6 Things Little Kids Can Make for Veterans
Start teaching your children early how important it is to recognize and give back to the heroes who served our country. Even the littlest givers can color a picture for a veteran.
More free downloads include cards, paper crafts and stationery to write letters.
Make Paper Poppies for a Poppy Project
You can find many groups collecting poppies for display. There are ongoing projects in the United States, Canada and Australia including the Poppy Wall of Valor.
You can also initiate your own project at your school, church or with your neighbors.
Get the free printable at FreeKidsCrafts.com.
Make Poppy Door Hangers from Recycled Water Bottles
Start saving your empty plastic bottles! You’ll find most of them have bottoms that you can transform into these gifts for veterans.
Free printables available from FreeKidsCrafts.com.
Make Diamond Painting Flag Pins
Diamond painting is addicting! What to do with all those things you make is the problem. Make flag pins your next project and donate them to Vets.
MakingFriens.com has a flag pin kit.
Make Patriotic Key Ring Decorations in 4 Different Styles
This is a good project for elementary aged children to make for veterans. Download our PDF and bring copies to your troop meeting, classroom or church group.
You’ll be surprised how quick the kids pick up the weaving technique.
6 Patterns for Knit or Crocheted Poppies
Here is another Poppy Project you can participate in. Donated stitched poppies are displayed inside and outside of the Niagara Falls museum in honor of fallen soldiers.
Choose from six patterns:
Make Paracord Bracelets
Vietnam Vets will remember making and using these paracord bracelets. Meant to be used as a survival tool, they can be deployed in 30 seconds to use in an emergency situation. In the field the 7½ feet of cord can even save someone’s life when used as a tourniquet or to build a shelter.
Download our free printable PDF.
8 Patterns to Make Hats for Veterans
Knots of Love collects knitted and crocheted beanies for Veterans undergoing chemo around the country.
There is something special about receiving a handmade hat. Just knowing that someone spent the time to handcraft a hat and give it as a gift brings warmth and comfort to the recipient.
Make Patriotic Scarfs
A patriotic scarf is a perfect project for beginners to crochet. The color changes keep it interesting and the simple design won’t be too frustrating for new stitchers.
4 Ways to Make Fleece Tie Blankets
A cozy lap blanket is just right for our older veterans. Larger twin sized blankets are wanted by those still serving. Choose patriotic prints and colors to make it extra special.
Get PDF instructions for four ways to tie a blanket plus our sizing guide.
Find a Local Veteran’s Hospital
Contact your local VA to find out if they have specific needs you can help with. Consider becoming a pen pal or a text pal with a Vet. They often feel lonely and isolated while being treated.
5 thoughts on “30 Things You Can Make for Veterans (with Free Patterns)”
I just found your website. I love seeing the ideas! Thank you for posting all of them. I now have a list of things to make with my scraps!!!
Glad you found us! Thanks for the comment.
Good ideas. Thanks, Ken
Thanks! Let us know if you have any more ideas!
I am a leader of a blind crafters group. Would you please make the pony bead keychains into written instructions, instead of a graph, so we can read it? We would like to make these, but can’t read the graph. Thanks!