It’s back-to-school time and somewhere between your giggly anticipation and sentimental tears, there’s a lot of preparation to be done. There are few items on that school supply list that you can get creative with, but I’ve come up with a fun way to customize your little one’s lunch pail.
This quick and easy DIY creates a personalized lunchbox with added chalkboard note area inside. And it only takes 10 minutes to make (see your chalkboard paint for drying times). It’s a fun, bright lunchbox that limits litter as you can now omit the paper note, and the customization reduces the chance of lunchbox mix-up. My little one, headed to Pre-K next week, walks around the house full of pride with her bright box and loves the surprise notes and pictures inside every time she opens it!
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DIY Personalized Lunchbox
- Lunchbox (like this one from Oriental Trading)
- Chalkboard paint (like this one from Amazon)
- Magnetic alphabet letters (like these from Amazon)
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Tape off a large rectangle on the inside of the lunchbox lid.
- Paint the inside of the tape with your chalkboard paint. I used three coats, allowing each to dry for about 30 minutes before adding the next. Note that most chalkboard paints suggest a 24-hour curing period before writing on the surface.
- Choose the letters of your child’s name or cute message for the outside of the lunchbox.
- Use the hot glue to adhere the letters to the outside of the lunchbox.
- Once the paint is ready, remove the tape on the inside.