I cannot get enough of chalkboard paint. I strongly believe that any surface that can become a chalkboard should 100% be made into one. Naturally, when I thought about a back-to-school project, I knew I would be using chalkboard paint somehow. I came up with the idea to make a chalkboard lunchbox DIY project after thinking about the notes my dad used to write me. When I was in high school and over my “can’t be seen receiving affection from my parents middle school angst,” I loved reading the happy little notes from my dad at lunch.*
*Yes, I know that I should’ve been making my own lunch, but I’m pretty sure he liked doing it.**
**I just talked to him and he confirmed that he liked making my lunches. He also said, “You knew I loved you, because I made you lunch every day.” If that doesn’t make you say, “Aww,” I don’t know what will.
This lunchbox is great for a bunch of reasons, but the three big ones are:1. It’s a super cheap (and sturdy) DIY.
- Lunchbox from Goodwill: $1.99
- This chalkboard paint Rust-Oleum 1913830 Chalkboard Spray, Black, 11-Ounce - $3.74
- Any other spray paint as the base color – I used this brand: Rust-Oleum 249061 Semi-Gloss Black Painters Touch 2X Spray Paint, 12 oz., Aerosol Can (Pack of 6)- $3.98
- Clemson Tigers Paw Logo Stencil - $14.99 for the 6 inch
- Optional, but suggested - chalkboard paint markers (a seriously great invention). I used these: Chalk Markers 12 Pack (Gold & Silver included) with 60 Pcs of Multi-Size Chalkboard Labels, Reversible Tips - Non-Toxic, Odorless, Erasable by INNOCHEER
2. It’s eco-friendly. You won’t be wasting paper on notes your kids will probably throw away. (I never did btw, Dad.)
3. It’s just plain fun. Your kids can decorate the outside chalkboard stencil section any way they like. Plus, throw a chalk marker in with their lunch and you’ll probably get a note/drawing/ineligible scribble back in the afternoon.
I decided on black on black for this lunchbox, because I was going for a very simple and understated feel. (Also I’m an Alabama fan and I couldn’t get myself to paint a lunchbox that orange. I physically can’t do it.) I thought it turned out pretty cool to have a “secret” Clemson paw on a lunchbox that appears to be very simple. Plus, the inside chalkboard is a fun surprise too!
The execution was simple:
- Find a cheap used tin lunchbox.
- Spray paint it your base color. Let dry and repeat as needed.
- Place stencil and spray with chalkboard spray paint. Repeat as needed – I did two coats and it worked well.
- Let the whole thing dry for 24 hours and enjoy!
If I were to make another DIY chalkboard lunchbox for back-to-school season, I would make sure I had better spray painting skills. I ended up with some drips on the lunchbox where I got a little too excited with the spray paint. I would also be more patient! Let the sucker dry completely between coats of paint. It will stick to newspaper and rip off pieces of your (not so) hard work.
All in all, I love how this project turned out! I know I’m not a kid anymore, but I kind of want one for myself. Have you tried using chalkboard paint before? Comment below what kind of projects you’ve done!
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