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Make Your Kid’s School Lunch Cute — Instantly!

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Packing your kids’ school lunch can be quite the feat. After all, sending them off with the same old thing day after day can become a bit of a bore! But luckily, I’ve got just the thing to instantly transform your kids’ meals … and it starts with “cutification.”

Best of all, you probably have all the materials you need right in your crafting stash! Just one batch of glue dots and a bag of googly eyes will carry you through most of the school year — not to mention earn you a rep as a lunchtime hero. You can easily and quickly decorate snacks in bulk so they are ready to go when you are packing lunches or grabbing a snack for your kid on the go. I recommend hiding your cute snacks, and sneaking them into a lunch on Mondays, test days, etc., along with a note. It’s sure to make your kids smile.

Del Monte Fruit Squeezers and Fruit Cups are a healthy, convenient choice that you can grab on the go!

They pack an impressive snack resume:

  • Made in the USA
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • 1 ½ Fruit & Veggie Servings
  • Tastes Better than the leading brand’s comparable flavor

Plus, they’re easy to spruce up and make cute with the aforementioned supplies.

So, ready to put a little whimsical fun into your kid’s lunch, along with their healthy snacks, this year? I hope some of these ideas that I have personally styled and photographed inspire you!

  • Instant Lunch Box Ideas 1 of 12

    With just a few simple supplies, you can make this adorable snack and send your kid to school smiling! 

  • Blank Slate 2 of 12

    These Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers are tasty on their own, but we're going to give them a little makeover before they get packed into our back-to-school lunches: We're going to cute-i-fy them!

  • Get Your Supplies Ready 3 of 12

    Here's what you need! Easy, right?

  • Glue Dot 101 4 of 12

    Tip: Things will go a lot faster and easier if you stick the eye on the glue dot (glue dot will stick to eye), and then pop the eye onto your fruit snack.  Don't forget to remind kids to remove and discard the eyes before enjoying their snack. 

  • Arms or Antennae? 5 of 12

    We wrapped a pipe cleaner around the neck of the fruit squeezer and gave one of the guys arms. The other one got antennae. This is an opportunity for you and your kids to get creative. No matter how you choose to use the supplies, you can see producing an adorable result is easy as pie!

  • Googly Eyes Are an Automatic Win! 6 of 12

    These are my favorite. You can never have too many googly eyes in your art cabinet! They're a craft staple. Beforehand, this was merely a healthy snack that had 1.5 fruit and veggie servings. Now, it's 1.5 fruit and veggie servings that look you in the eye. 

  • Sparkly Stickers 7 of 12

    We added some sparkly stickers to make the googly eyes — because, after all, everything's better with glitter, right?

  • Right Side Up or Upside Down 8 of 12

    You can decorate the top or the sides of your fruit cup. It's cute either way! Again, this is an opportunity for you and your tots to execute some major creativity. Take advantage of it!

  • Do a Bunch 9 of 12

    My 5-year-old wanted to make these with me. We decorated a stack of snacks for his back-to-school lunches. They are all good to go. This took just a few minutes!

  • Looking Cute! 10 of 12

    Ta-da! These characters are saying, "Take me to your lunchbox!" Keep clicking through to see how we transformed our snacks into a motley crew of fruity fun. 

  • Conversation starter 11 of 12

    Cute food is an excellent conversation starter, wouldn't you say?

  • Party in Your Lunchbox 12 of 12

    Lunch is short. Seize the squeezers. Food should be fun! 

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