Copy Cat DIY Chalkboard Lunch Box


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Can't believe the summer flew by so quickly. Hearing about kids that already headed back to school is making my head spin. Luckily we have another week or two before my son heads back. Guess he is one of the lucky ones.  We still have some back to school shopping to do, but one of the things he wouldn't want to take to school is a lunch box. They just grow up so quickly, so if you're handing off a packed lunch to your little ones this year, cherish the moment!

oh so cute,  DIY Chalkboard Lunchbox

Well, I spotted the most adorable lunch box that I've ever seen over at Little Passports. They mostly sell fun, educational subscription packages for kids. In a recent email, they included a special personalized Lunchbox and Chalkboard. I just completely fell in love with it. But, since I don't technically need one right now, I couldn't justifying buying one. But, a little bell went off in my head and it wasn't a school bell. I've been dying to try chalkboard spray paint. So, what if I could just test it out on a lunch box? Yep, I went for it! While I don't think this is necessarily a good idea to actually store food in, it would make a super cute storage box for crayons and art supplies. Yeah.

Little Passports Chalkboard Lunchbox

DIY Chalkboard Lunch Box

Here's what I used to create my own lunch box:

  • Tin Style Lunchbox 
  • Painter's Tape
  • Chalkboard Spray Paint

You'll also need materials like newspaper or a dropcloth to protect your surface while spray painting.

Copy Cat Lunchbox Chalkboard #diy

Step One:  Use painter's tape to surround the area that you want to be a chalk board. I decided to line the edges to make it less complicated for me.

Step Two:  Cover any area that you will not be spray painting with something to protect it. I used more painter's tape and brown paper. You could use any kind of plastic, tape or paper to cover.

Copy Cat Lunchbox Chalkboard #diy

Step Three:  Read the directions on your chalkboard spray paint and follow them. I used Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Spray, which was under $4 as an add on on This spray dries in 24 hours and within 1 hour to the touch. I sprayed three coats on and waited about 15 minutes between each. Then, let dry overnight.

And, that's it! A super fun and simple project.  Next, I'm going to spray the lid to use it as a storage box, since there is no way my son will take this to school, or probably anywhere for that matter.

Copy Cat DIY Chalkboard Lunchbox

Do you have any little ones headed back to school?  

Have you used chalkboard spray yet? What did you create?

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  1. This is such a great idea!! Thanks for sharing it on Wake Up Wednesday! I've included it on my blog today in a Back to School round up!

  2. What an awesome idea Dawn! My daughter has stainless steel bento box lunch boxes, and I may try this with one of them. My daughter will love it. Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

  3. I LOVE this idea. You can leave little notes for each other everyday. Great way to keep connected when the kids are school.

  4. I used to love it when my mom would write me messages in my lunch! What a cute and chic way to send love to your little ones at school! Love the idea!

  5. Oh my goodness I love this idea! If my kids were still in school and my hubby wasn't retired due to work related injuries I would SO do this. I always put little notes in their lunchboxes--- sneaking them in on napkins or paper. They loved that they got little surprises with their meals.

  6. I am so going to do this. I have two metal lunchboxes that I can give a makeover for my kids. Very clever!

  7. I absolutely love this! What a great way to leave a special message for them to enjoy during lunch. Cute!

  8. That is such a cute idea! I'd have way too much fun with this paint ... think of all the things I could chalkboard - chalkboard all the things!!! 🙂

  9. I LOVE this!! My dad always wrote me notes when he packed my lunch, and this is such a fun way to do something similar!

  10. I love this so much! I hope that I remember this when my 2 year old is headed to school! Such a special idea and a great take on the note in a paper bag. I would take pics of each note and make a book at the end of the year 🙂

  11. Well, I don't have any little ones returning to school but hey , i would make it for myself or my husband! Too sweet.

  12. That is a really fun idea! We have some chalkboard spray paint left over from my daughter's wedding and I could see myself making this.

  13. Oh now that is such a cute idea! A fun way to leave a message for your little ones each day in their lunch box!

  14. I would never have thought of something like this. What a neat idea to let your kids know you're thinking of them during the day!

  15. This is a really cute idea! I just picked up some chalkboard paint and need to do this project for my daughter 😉

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