Chalkboard Sandwich Box for Easy Lunchbox Notes

chalkboard sandwich box for easy lunchbox notes

OH my goodness you guys!  I have seriously been SO swamped with back to school planning for both myself and my kids that I haven’t hardly had a minute to breathe.  I have a fun and easy chalkboard sandwich box project for you a day early this week because my hubby is officially on his vacation from work, which means that he is going to be home with the little ones while I frantically attempt to get my classroom ready for school (only 2 weeks until we start!!!!) I’m also sharing this project as part of Emily over at The Benson Street’s Back to School series.  All of the projects in this series are linked up at the end of my post so make sure you check them out!


I was grabbing some stuff for my classroom at the dollar store the other day and saw these cute little sandwich containers.  I had the worst luck with sandwich containers last year for my son (they all just kept cracking and breaking!!) so I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money on new ones this year and this seemed like a brilliant solution.  It was kind of plain jane though and I thought it needed a little sprucing up.

sandwich box from dollar tree

I started by taking the lid off and sticking some blue painters tape around the edge of the recess on the lid.  It was already a square shape with a perfect edge to follow so taping it only took me about 30 seconds.  I then grabbed a can of chalkboard spray paint.  Side note: have you used the chalkboard spray paint yet?  It is like seriously the most amazing thing I think I’ve ever seen. You spray it on and no joke, like 5 minutes later it is totally ready to go.  No messy brushes or brush strokes, just awesomeness. Anyway, I gave it a quick spray and let it dry for about 5 minutes. Then did another coat and let it dry overnight (mostly because it was late and I was tired.)

chalkboard sandwich box

I peeled the tape back and voila! instant lunch note surface.  I am excited about this because I love the idea of leaving my son lunch box notes, but I NEVER remember to actually do it.  Morning time is too crazy around here.  This was it is smacking me in the face as i make lunch to quickly scrawl a note on the lid before I throw it in his lunch bag.

sandwich box notes with chalkboard paint
If you are looking to add a little more love to your child’s lunch box check out this post!
12 printable lunch box notes

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20 thoughts on “Chalkboard Sandwich Box for Easy Lunchbox Notes

  1. August 10, 2014 at 11:08 am

    This is such a great, easy idea! I love it.
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  2. August 11, 2014 at 10:31 am

    This is awesome! My little guy starts a new preschool this week, and he would LOVE this in his lunchbox!
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  3. August 11, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Hmm, interesting idea! And, when you think of it, it’s a more eco-friendly way to leave notes for your kid than printing them out. :)

  4. August 11, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    That’s adorable :)

  5. August 12, 2014 at 3:36 am

    Ashley, this is brilliant! I love it!
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  6. August 12, 2014 at 10:57 am

    What an awesome idea!
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  7. August 12, 2014 at 11:00 am

    GENIUS idea! I just love this! I pinned and shared on FB!
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  8. August 12, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    What a great way to remind the kiddos your thinking about them throughout the day.
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  9. August 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

    I love the chalkboard lunch box. Genius idea!!!
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    1. August 21, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      Thank you!

  10. August 14, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Love it – just a fun idea!

    1. August 21, 2014 at 7:02 pm


  11. August 14, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    This is one of the smartest, neatest ideas I have seen in a long time! Thank you bunches for linking up and partying with us this week! Pinning this!

    1. August 21, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      Thanks for your sweet words, you are too kind!

  12. August 20, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I am totally doing this for the girls! Awesome!!
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    1. August 21, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      It was one of those aha, of course moments!

  13. August 24, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! My daughter would love to get a special message with her lunch. This is officially on my to-do list for the week!
    By the way–If you have time I would love it if you’d share this at the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop tonight at 8 Central time!
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