My daughter started Pre-K this week. She goes from 8:30-12:30 and eats lunch at school. She is very excited about this. I needed a sturdy lunchbox that could fit a snack, a lunch, juicebox and an ice pack. My friend Laura at Come Together Kids
recommended these lunchboxes. I ordered one and have been really impressed so far. I also tried my hand at decorating the lunchbox like she did.
Scissors and exacto knife
Cricut Machine (optional)
1. Choose a font that you like and print your child’s name onto freezer paper. Make sure to print on the non-waxy side. Be aware that this will be a stencil so you want something very basic. Cut out the letters using scissors and an exacto knife. If you own a Cricut or other cutting machine, you can use that too. I used my Cricut with the George and Basic Shapes cartridge.
2. Place your stencil onto your lunchbox (waxy side down). Set your iron to a medium setting (no steam) and iron in place. Make sure all edges are adhered to the fabric.
I ironed the basic stencil on first
And then I added the pieces for the “A”, “D”, and “O” and ironed them on.
3. Using your acrylic paint and a small brush, paint the inside of your stencil. Use a very small amount of paint and paint from the outside in to avoid paint seeping under the stencil edge. My stencil had very thin letters and some seeped under. I was able to touch it up a bit at the end. I used two coats of paint and then a third for touch-ups.
My freezer paper tended to “bubble” up so I made sure to press those areas down with my finger while painting. This was my first attempt with freezer paper so I don’t know if this is common. I may try ironing it for a longer period of time next time to avoid the bubbling effect.
4. Peel back the stencil to reveal your masterpiece.
My daughter has already requested a princess on the front. I think a crown might be a bit easier but that will have to wait for another day.
While He Was Napping