The cutest lunch box you will ever make for your kids

Oct 11, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. ET

If your kids are always "eating you out of house and home" then try making this clever and easy lunch box idea.

Sandwiched inside of a long metal pencil box is a row of healthy, home-shaped bites, with little broccoli trees to tickle their tastebuds. Guaranteed to bring a smile to your kid's school lunch.

You're eating me out of house and home lunchbox recipe

Gather lunch box items that lend themselves to being cut into house shapes.

You're eating me out of house and home lunchbox recipe

I found this metal pencil box was the perfect size and shape for my row of houses.

You're eating me out of house and home lunchbox recipe

Using the straight edge of a cookie cutter is a great way to cut the house shapes from your sandwich. It seals the edges and creates fewer crumbs.

You're eating me out of house and home lunchbox recipe

Draw the door and windows using a black food coloring marker.

You're eating me out of house and home lunchbox recipe

Use a block of cheese or string cheese sticks.

You're eating me out of house and home lunchbox recipe

Try to use a fruit that isn't too juicy. Don't want to get your other houses soggy in the box.

You're eating me out of house and home lunchbox recipe

I used Voortman wafer cookies, but any rectangular cookie would work.

You're eating me out of house and home lunchbox recipe

Broccolini worked better for the trees than traditional broccoli — it's thinner and the flower heads are less bulky.

You're eating me out of house and home lunchbox recipe

You're eating me out of house and home lunch box recipe

Ingredients:

  • Long skinny box, like a pencil box
  • Any sandwich of your choice
  • Chunk of cheese
  • Apple
  • Voortman wafer cookies
  • Broccolini
  • Black food coloring marker

Directions:

  1. Start by selecting a long, skinny box with a lid — like a metal or plastic pencil box.
  2. Make a sandwich of your choice and cut it into house shapes, sized to fit inside your box.
  3. Add a crust chimney and draw the front door and windows with a food coloring marker.
  4. Cut a block of cheese into a house shape. Draw the front door and windows.
  5. Cut wedges of an apple into house shapes. Draw the door and windows. Add a chimney piece to the roof, if desired.
  6. Cut the cookie wafers into house shapes. Draw the doors and windows. Add chimney pieces to the roofs, if desired.
  7. Arrange the house-shaped foods inside the box and add long-stemmed broccolini for trees.

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