Funny Face Bagel
Bento Box

When making a bento box-style lunch for you and your family, it is essential to include lots of textures, colors and a well-rounded assortment of food groups. Most importantly, have fun knowing the joy you'll be bringing to the child (or adult) who will love your lunch creation!
completed funny face bagel bento box lunch

For this Funny Face Bagel Lunch, there is a funny face turkey sandwich with baby spinach hair, cherry tomato nose, olive eyes and turkey pepperoni tongue. For the sides, there are carrot hearts on top of fresh broccoli, with grape and strawberry hearts for dessert. Let me show you how easy it is to create this bento box lunch for your loved ones.


Grab your container

First, gather your lunch container. For this bento box lunch, I am using an EasyLunchBox, a silicone muffin cup and some food picks. The silicone muffin cups are a great way to add color, are removable for reheating and are microwave-safe. Don't have any food picks? Toothpicks will work just great for this lunch.

bento box lunch step 1


Start with the sandwich

Next, let's make the main attraction of this lunch — the funny face! I used a bagel thin, but a regular bagel would also work just fine. Start by creating your child's favorite sandwich. Here, I am using turkey, cheese and mayo. Line the top half of the sandwich with baby spinach to make the "hair."bento box lunch step 2


Add the face

For the face, I am using two black olive slices for the eyes, a cherry tomato nose and half a slice of turkey pepperoni for the tongue.

bento box lunch step 3


Create the mouth

To create the mouth, carefully cut a small incision the size of your pepperoni. Slide the pepperoni into the incision. Push it in until you feel it is secure.

bento box lunch step 4


Add the eyes and nose

Lastly, put on your olive eyes and place the cherry tomato nose into the center hole of the bagel. I used a dab of mayo to hold the eyes in place. If you have older children, you could also use a couple toothpicks to attach and hold eyes into place.

bento box lunch step 5


Create heart carrots

Now let's move onto our heart carrots. Make two angled slices at both ends of a baby carrot.bento box lunch step 6


Form a heart

Place those ends together, to form a heart.bento box lunch step 7


Insert food pick

Secure the carrot heart with a food pick or toothpick.bento box lunch step 8


Create strawberry hearts

To make your strawberries into hearts, simply cut a small "V" out of the top of the strawberry. Place them on food picks with some grapes, pineapple or melon, and you have a healthy, beautiful dessert any kid would love!bento box lunch step 9bento box step 9b


Add to lunchbox

Place all of your bento box lunch creations in a lunchbox, and you have made your very own Funny Face Bagel Lunch.

finished bento box lunch

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Comments on "Getting started with bento boxes"

Betternotbroken January 26, 2014 | 8:44 AM

I agree Sylvia, we have enough on our plates in the morning just getting to school on time. It works out best when I prepare the lunches at night, sometimes I get them started just as we walk in the door as I clean out the lunches from earlier in the day. Recently divorced and working after years of being a stay at home mom, my kids missed the special touches in their lunches like that I used to do so we have introduced the Bento Box and they LOVE it. Thanks for the great ideas. The hear carrots are cute.

Sylvia August 28, 2012 | 3:15 PM

Lindsay, Im pretty sure the proper time to make the lunches is at the end of the night after your child is asleep.. but ok

Lindsay August 22, 2012 | 6:44 PM

These are fun ideas, but I can't help but think that what our children really want is our time. Would we serve them better by spending an extra 20 minutes with them in the morning instead of making food blog-worthy bento boxes for their lunches? Something to think about, for me, anyway.

Laura August 07, 2012 | 2:29 PM

Absolutely adorable!!! I love bento boxes. This step-by-step is great and the gallery is so cute. I am determined to learn how to do some of this...

Tina August 06, 2012 | 3:05 PM

Awww this is such a cute idea!! I've been taking a bento box to work for awhile now, and I love it. I pack it full of fruits, veggies, and a salad or healthy sandwich. I like how everything stays separated. I love the idea of using these for the kids, too. Thanks!!

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