Let’s just get this out of the way first: There’s no shame in hitting the snooze button a few times and then shoving a Lunchables and a juice box into your grade-schooler’s hands just seconds before the school bus pulls up. But there’s also no shame in setting your alarm early and waltzing into the kitchen armed with a glue gun and printouts of the most over-the-top Pinterest projects you could find. You do you, weird parents of the internet.
If you’re more tempted to do the latter but have the time-management skills of the former, you’re in luck. The following lunch box (or bento box, for the trend-savvy) hacks require just minimal time and effort, plus use supplies you probably already have at home.
Sadly, we can’t guarantee these glammed-up lunches will result in your precious offspring suddenly loving celery sticks and hummus, but at least they’ll have something cool to look at aside from the “I love you, honey bunch!” Post-its you usually throw in there.
And if all else fails, there’s always cafeteria pizza day.
A version of this article was originally published in December 2017.