Airman Staff Sergeant Nicole Pompei from San Antonio, Texas, now has her own small business after she turned her her old military uniform into a wreath.
Pompei told Fox News in a piece published Wednesday, that she came up with the idea to make the wreaths this summer when she had to switch her uniforms from airman battle uniforms [ABUs] to the occupational camouflage pattern [OCP] and she wanted to do something special with the ABUs.
She had been visiting on a veteran’s female Facebook group talking about her military uniform when someone suggested that she create a wreath out of it. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
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At the time, she was visiting with her mom and the two came up with the prototype to make it a reality.
After she created it, the staff sgt. showed off her handiwork to the military group and immediately had 20 offers to make ones for them. (RELATED: Military Member Reunites With Her Dog After Returning Home From Deployment)
She then created a FB page called “Wreaths by Nicole” and her small business just took off.
Speaking recently to KENS 5 in San Antonio, Pompei said the most unique adventure she’s had to date was when a friend from home sent her these old army uniforms from 1946.
Nicole said her friend wanted her to make something out of them. At first, she couldn’t “cut” them up because they are part of “history.”
But eventually she came around to the idea that it was what he wanted. So, she made them and said the repurposed military uniform wreaths came out “really awesome.”
Since July, Pompei has made 200 wreaths and business is booming following several news outlets recently covering her story.
“Every wreath tells a story,” Nicole told Fox. “And whether it be the uniform behind it or the person behind it, I enjoy the fact that people … can almost confide in me.”