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How to Label a Kid's Lunch Box

by Rosenya Faith

Your preschooler is getting bigger and crossing another milestone! She's bringing a packed lunch along with her to preschool, just like the big kids, and eating lunches at school with her classmates. With a room full of children, though, it's easy for something as small as a lunch box to end up misplaced. You can help her keep track of her big girl lunch box and transform it into a lunch container that is entirely unique. Surprise her with it on her first day of preschool, or let her flex her early writing muscles by getting involved in the project.

Fabric Lunch Box

Print a picture of your kiddo onto a piece of iron transfer paper. Make the picture large enough to cover the entire front or back of the lunch box, or if it already comes with pictures of her favorite character, print out a small picture to take up just a little bit of room. Let the ink dry thoroughly.

Place a piece of cardboard inside the box to keep the inner material from fusing together. Set the iron no warmer than a medium-hot setting and iron on the photo according to the transfer paper instructions. Let the lunch box cool completely and then remove the cardboard.

Write your youngster's name on the lunch box just beneath the picture with fabric paint. To make her name really stand out, use puffy paint instead. You can also let her practice her writing by doing this part all by herself.

Embellish the picture with fabric paint pens or markers. You can add a few of your own designs here or let your youngster show off her creativity by decorating around her picture.

Hard Body Lunch Box

Cut out a piece of card stock at least 2 to 3 inches smaller than the back of the lunch box. Use a patterned piece of card stock to make the label as decorative as possible. Create a decorative border around the outer edge using a pair of jagged edge scissors. Glue the smaller shape to the center of the larger one.

Write your kiddo's name in the center of the label. Use stickers that complement the color scheme of the rest of the lunch box and use these to embellish the name card.

Laminate the label to protect your creation in the event of a spill.

Tape or glue the label to the lunch box.

Items you will need
  • Iron-on transfer paper
  • Cardboard
  • Patterned card stock
  • Jagged-edge scissors or decorative-edge scissors
  • Cardstock
  • Craft glue
  • Fabric paint pen or puffy paint
  • Laminator (optional)

Tip

  • If your printer isn't photo quality, have the picture printed onto photo paper professionally. If you're handy with an embroidery needle, skip the fabric paint and opt to label the lunch box with your crafty writing.

References

  • Sweetwater's Simple Home: Sew Something Handmade for Every Room, 35 Projects; Lisa Burnett et al.

About the Author

Rosenya Faith has been working with children since the age of 16 as a swimming instructor and dance instructor. For more than 14 years she has worked as a recreation and skill development leader, an early childhood educator and a teaching assistant, working in elementary schools and with special needs children between 4 and 11 years of age.

Photo Credits

  • Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images