Back to School Chalkboard Lunchbox Tute & a Winner!

Can you believe that summer is coming to an end? Can you believe that it’s time to go back to school? Little Man #1 starts 3-year-old preschool today. He is going to a new school that blew me out of the water!
 {Remember, I’m a former preschool and kindergarten teacher so I’m picky.} We {mommy, daddy and Jack} are so excited!

Yeah, I’m excited, but look at him. So big, so fast. Only two more years and I’ll be taking him to kindergarten. I will be the boo hoo mommy, and that’s okay.

Anyway, back to the present. Are your kids ready for school? Are you ready? I was a kindergarten teacher and I know how apprehensive kids can be those first few weeks of school.

Today I’d like to share with you a cute and easy way to bring a smile to your child’s face by reminding them {halfway through the day} that you are thinking about them.

Start with a regular lunchbox
**If your child has an insulated lunchbox, see below for an alternative method.**

Tape around the edges of the lid and cover the rest of the lunch box with a plastic bag.

Use chalkboard spray paint to cover the inside of the lid. Once the first coat is dry, spray with a second coat and allow to dry overnight with the lid open.
**If your child has an insulated lunchbox: Cut a piece of vinyl to fit the inside of the lid. Before attaching, spray paint the vinyl with chalkboard paint. Allow the vinyl to dry overnight. Peel adhesive backing off and place on inside of lid. Use a flat edge to smooth out any bubbles.**

Get out your chalk and start writing. Any little message will put a smile on their face. Tell them what you will do together after school or just simply tell them you love them.

Now pack your baby a healthy lunch and send them off to school! They will be surprised {and maybe even relieved or reassured} at lunchtime when they open up their box and get a little reminder of how much you love them. 😉

 I hope everyone enjoyed their summer vacation and I hope your little one’s first day back to school is a success!

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36 thoughts on “Back to School Chalkboard Lunchbox Tute & a Winner!”

  1. Such a cute idea!! Too bad my son's lunch box is material. I might have to adapt this. You have such a sweet little Kindergartener – I am one of those boo hoo Mom's too. 🙂

  2. Such an adorable, perfect idea! I love those tin lunch boxes, and wish there had been chalkboard paint when I was a kid! I would have loved to get some sweet messages from my mom inside my Muppet lunchbox!


  3. This caught my eye right away at Under the Table and Dreaming. Fabulous idea! I wish I had thought of it so many years ago when my boys carried a lunchbox. Thanks for sharing.

  4. This post simply put a smile on my face. My youngest is almost 21 but it doesn't seem like it was that long ago that I put notes into his lunch.

  5. Such a cute idea! I'll have to do this for my son next year for 1st grade- when he can read 😉 Please come link up to my Mommy Monday link party! Would love to see you there

  6. This is BRILLIANT! Thanks for posting!! Does the chalkboard paint ever ware away?

    Please feel free to link you Lunchbox note idea up to my new Make Yourself Monday Blog Hop!

    For Love of Cupcakes

  7. oh that's an awesome idea! I love it. so creative and simple, and perfect for mom messages at school.

    new follower!

  8. Wow, such a great idea. I need to do this!

    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking

    A Mother Seeking…

    P.S. Found you through Craft Maniac Monday
    This week on A Mother Seeking: I Created A Birdhouse Dream House

  9. This wonderful post totally contributed to the blog party's success! Thanks for linking up at Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop 🙂

  10. this is genius!!! So simple but so awesome. My little guy is only 1 but I am definitely pinning it to remember for when he starts school in a few years. LOVE IT!

    (PS – I am your newest follower. Your blog rocks)

  11. Love this!!! My kiddos don't take lunches yet…but I just know that I'll find a way to put this to use now anyway! So fun!

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  13. What an awesome way to make your kid feel special! I loved getting notes on napkins in my lunchbox as a kid. So cute, nice work! I came here from tip junkie, and am your newest follower! I would love if you stopped by my blog and if you like what you see, follow me too!

  14. Love this. Now I just need to find a metal lunch box. Thanks for sharing this idea.

  15. If you don’t want to spend time or money on creating a chalkboard finish (although it IS super adorable), you can write directly on the interior of the lid with the wet-erase markers. Once they get home,a quick wipe with a damp paper towel and you have a clean palette for the next day! My kids loved when I would leave a marker in their lunch box and they would leave me a drawing, smily face or as they got a little older, a note back to me from time to time for when I opened the lunchbox at night! So cute.

  16. What a cute idea! I like it so much I’m even willing to overcome my aversion to chalk (it gives me the heebie jeebies) to try it!

    I’m featuring this on my blog today, Clever Nest. It’s part of a Back to School DIY roundup. Come check it out and say hey! 🙂


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  18. Great idea! I think I even have leftover chalkboard paint in my garage from a different project that I could use for this.
    I’m featuring your craft in my weekly Crafty Thursdays post (with links to you of course). 🙂
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