Craft | Lunchbox Chalkboard

by , posted on August 22nd, 2013 in Arts & Crafts

cool idea for lunchbox notes from mom + dad - chalkboard

Back to school is an exciting time. It is often bittersweet, sending our little ones off for a full day without us. I remember my mom used to write sweet notes on our napkins, tucked into our lunches. I loved these thoughtful little notes, even when they should have embarrassed me.

With those notes in mind I devised a super simple craft that with make brightening your little one’s day a cinch. These mini lunch box chalkboards are the perfect way to pack a little love right in with your kiddo’s juice box.

tuck a note into your child's lunchbox on a chalkboard

materials for lunchbox chalkboard

You’ll need
thin cardboard (cereal or cracker boxes work great)
chalkboard paint
decorative tape
a magnet (for a metal box) or sticky velcro (for a fabric box)

Step 1
Cut your cardboard to fit the top of your lunch box.

Step 2
Paint it with chalkboard paint (allow to dry at least 24 hours before you write on it)

Step 3
Frame your chalkboard with decorative tape.

add a tape frame

Step 4
Attach the magnet or velcro. I simply taped my magnet to the back of my board.

attach magnet

Step 5
Write a message with chalk and stick it their lunch box.

write your message

Happy Back to School Crafting!

twist on lunchbox notes

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4 Responses to “Craft | Lunchbox Chalkboard”

  1. Lunchbox Chalkboard | Kid Crave Says:

    August 23rd, 2013 at 11:54 am

    [...] their last few days of summer, you probably have packing lunches on your mind, Carla over at Classic Play has an easy little project you should check out. By adding a simple chalkboard surface to your [...]

  2. 13 Stylin’ Lunch Box Ideas and More to Spice Up Your School Day Says:

    September 26th, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    [...] Lunch Box Chalkboard [...]

  3. Jaclyn Holtzman Says:

    September 27th, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Hi Carla!

    We featured this fabulous and fun craft in a blog post about spicing up kids’ lunches. Check it out and feel free to share it with your readers!


    Jaclyn Holtzman

  4. Jeanine Says:

    August 24th, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    OHH this is awesome! It’s even better than me wasting all that expensive paper and ink for my youngest that can’t read yet lol! So clever! & I have chalk paint so I ca keep reapplying as needed! Thank you SOO much for this idea! Pinned & G-Plus’d

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