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DIY lunch boxes and bags for kids

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Cute bags for back to school

Want to get your kids excited about going back to school? Instead of bribery, engage them in a fun DIY craft! These back-to-school lunch boxes and bags are easy to make and a fun way to get kids inspired for school (and lunchtime!).

These bright lunch boxes and bags are as fun to make as they are easy! Whether you're an expert sewer or a novice crafter, one of these fun crafts is sure to speak to you and your kids. With a personalized lunch box they can't wait to show off, your kids will be far more excited about their new school year.

Easy chalkboard lunch box

Cute bags for back to school

Photo credit: Jen of Scissors & Spatulas

Want to personalize your child's lunch box but don't have a craft bone in your body? Don't give up; instead, get chalkboard paint! This super-easy and cute chalkboard lunch box only requires three things. Simply paint, dry and write! This way, your son or daughter can still have the Barbie or Iron Man lunch box all their friends have and you can still write them fun little messages inside. A win-win for both!


  • Metal lunch box
  • Spray chalkboard paint
  • Chalk

For the full step-by-step tutorial, check out Scissors & Spatulas!

Stenciled lunch bags

Cute bags for back to school

Photo credit: Laura Parke for Ampersand Design Studio

Do your kids lose absolutely everything? Are you tired of buying them a new lunch box or bag every week since they either throw them away, lose them on the bus or forget them in their lockers? Give them a completely disposable bag that's still cute to boot! These personalized and stenciled bags are fun for each day of the week and are perfect for those spacey kids who lose everything.


  • Paper lunch bags
  • Reverse-printed image of days of the week
  • Colorless blender marker

For the complete tutorial and more images, check out Ampersand Design Studio!

Canvas patterned lunch bags

Cute bags for back to school

Photo credit: Tonya of

If you're more of a sewer and love any excuse to use your sewing machine, these adorable gingham-patterned lunch totes are perfect for you! These cute totes only require five rectangles of your favorite patterned fabric and a sewing machine. If you'd prefer, you can definitely sew them by hand; they just may take you a little longer. These are so easy to customize, so make one for everyone in the family!


  • 2  (9 x 7-inch) fabric rectangles (front and back) 
  • 2 (4 x 9-inch) fabric rectangles (sides)
  • 1 (4 x 7-inch) fabric rectangle
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Button
  • Thread

For the full DIY tutorial, check out Tonya's blog at!

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