Now that my kids are back in school, I love the idea of sending in lunch box love notes. But the dilemma for me is that, though I start out with the best of intentions, writing out notes each day is a habit I really have trouble keeping. So the perfect solution? DIY lunch box stickers!
You can personalize these for your children in so many ways with favorite colors, words, sizes and shapes … so many possibilities! And these couldn’t be any easier. Ready to make your own?
You’ll need a few supplies to get started.
- White cardstock
- 2″ punch
- Perfect Airbrush
- Xyron® 5″ Create-A-Sticker™ Max
- Metallic markers (or colors of your choice)
- Alphabet stickers
- Twine (optional)
First, grab your 2″ punch (and really you could use any size/shape here) and punch your shapes out of your cardstock.
Next, grab your alphabet stickers and start spelling out whatever you like. Just place them on your paper lightly. We’re not going for permanent adhesion here, as you will be removing the stickers shortly. I used two different sizes of stickers to keep things interesting.
Now you can load your Perfect Airbrush. Take your marker and place it into the insert, resting the tip just over the bulb. There is a screw that you can twist to tighten and hold the marker in place. (And many thanks go out to my mother who happened to stop by and was coerced into being a hand model for the day. It’s so hard trying to shoot photos with one hand!)
Now for the fun part! Take your Perfect Airbrush and squeeze the bulb. The air from the bulb blasts the ink off the tip of the marker, creating fun airbrush effects. You can go as light or as heavy as you like just by adjusting your distance from the piece you are spraying. It’s so much fun! Plus, the ink comes out in a fine mist, so it dries almost instantly.
Just make sure you do this on a surface that you can discard or don’t mind if it gets messy. I like to cover my table with a large roll of kraft paper and then let the kids go wild coloring after.
I used several shades of metallic markers here—two shades of gold and a bronze. This would be so fun in rainbow colors too!
Once the ink is dry, gently remove your alphabet stickers.
Now you can run them through your sticker maker.
I love this Xyron 5″ Create-A-Sticker Max, because the stickers come out on a sheet, making them easy to store and with no sticky adhesive in sight. You can make a bunch of these up in one sitting to get you through the week.
I love these little guys, because they are just like lunch box notes, only I don’t have to beat myself up when I forget to write one out each morning x 3. With these, you just pull out a sheet of your homemade lunch box stickers, and peel and stick. Couldn’t be easier and the kids love them!
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