Decorating Brown Bags – Custom Lunch Looks any Mom Can Make!

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Even if you only have a few extra minutes in the morning, you can create fun lunches for your child by decorating their brown paper bags with custom designs. You don't need a pantry filled with miniature cookie cutters or gourmet bento boxes. With a sharpie, glue stick, and some scraps from the recycle bin, you can create an extra special lunch bag for your child.

Creative Lunch Sacks - easy enough for anyone to make

When you're making lunch, you might have junk mail or magazines on the counter. This is an easy way to create a fun brown bag lunch sack!

Supplies to personalize a lunch bag simply and easily

Cut out a picture from a magazine, or trim the graphic on some junk mail to fit the brown lunch sack. Then glue it in place.

Glue fun child-friendly images onto the lunch bag

Use a sharpie to draw a border, then a second scalloped or wavy-line border. Add dots if you like, and you have instant framed "art" on your brown bag!

Draw on a frame to make your personalized lunch bag stand out!

Don't worry if your art isn't perfect - remember that it will be next to half-eaten nuggets and pizza crusts in the cafeteria garbage by high noon.

Want more ideas for what you can use to decorate, or add to, the lunch bag? Check out our Back-to-School Lunch Box Printables for some great ideas!

If your child can read, riddles and jokes are a fun way to add some "Vitamin Fun" to their lunch. Grab a sharpie and a scrap of paper - you can google a list of kid-friendly jokes to write on the lunch sack.

Supplies for joke bag to personalize a fun lunch sack

On the outside of the bag, write the riddle or joke. On the scrap of paper, write the answer to the riddle, or the punch line to the joke. My son is a beginning reader, so I added pictures to help him with the words.

Write the riddle on a bag with the answer inside.

You can also use the components of the lunch bag to create a fun scene! For this lunch bag, I used a straw, washi tape (any decorative tape will work), a sharpie, and a hole punch.

Straw in a paper bag for a fun scene.

I drew a simple hill with a flower on the bag.

Use a marker to draw a hill and flowers for this personalized landscape.

Then I punched 3 holes into the front and side layer of the bag - not all 4 layers, just 2.

Punch holes into one layer of bag to attach a fun straw!

I wrapped washi tape near the top of the straw to create flags.

Put washi tape on straw to decorate it and make a fun flag

Then inserted the straw through the holes in the front of the bag.

Tuck straw into holes to complete the simple scene.

So simple to create a little flag pole! If you're extra-artsy, you could draw a school building in the background!

Each of these ideas take only a few minutes to make. If you find you're too crunched for time in the mornings, make your bags on the weekend - pull out a sharpie and stack of brown bags, and start decorating! In no time you'll have a stack of not-so-boring lunch sacks that will last you through the week.

What do you do to make school time special for your kids?

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A crafty mom of 2 active boys, Carolina prefers sewing, gluing, and painting to doing laundry and dishes. She has been sewing since she was 6, quilting since she was 12, and can't remember a time she wasn't creative. X-rays have proven she doesn't have an un-crafty bone in her body! Find her at 30 Minute Crafts .com and Always Expect, or on social media using the links to the left.


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