Easiest Back-To-School DIY: Chalkboard Sandwich Saver for Lunch Notes!

/ Tuesday, September 3, 2013

My goodness! Happy September, all. I can hardly believe we're back to school and (almost) back to fall. Doesn't it feel like a fresh start? I love this time of year! 
Now, I don't have any littles of my own but every once-in-a-while a kiddie DIY idea will pop up in my mind that's too good to put off until I'm inclined and/or qualified—my fellow young ladies, these could be useful some day! Anyway, I was thinking about how my mama always snuck a note into my lunch (even when I was in high school). She'd write 'em on post-it notes, napkins, old envelopes, whatever she had around. So I had a great idea. Why not coat a sandwich container with chalkboard paint, so mamas can write and rewrite notes to their lovies without the waste? Welp! True story: I was so excited about the idea and so worried that someone else had already thought of it that I refused to Google "DIY Chalkboard Sandwich Container" until after I started writing this post—turns out a real mama, Randi of Dukes and Duchesses, did something similar last year, so head over there for her version of this DIY if you'd like. Mine's a little different, here I'll show you! You're going to need...


MAKES: 1 sandwich container

1 sandwich saver (I just chose the cheapest one via Amazon—Crayola did not sponser this post)
1 small can black or green chalkboard paint
1 roll (1-inch-thick) Painter's Tape
1 paint brush
1 chalk marker

1. Wash and thoroughly dry the sandwich saver; remove any excess stickers or tags. Open the chalkboard paint and stir until the color is evenly distributed and smooth. 
2. Tape off the part of the sandwich saver you'd like to paint. I chose the raised portion of this container (see below). Cover with 1 coat chalkboard paint, let dry and repeat with a second coat. Set aside until almost dry, about 1 hour. 
3. Carefully remove the painter's tape. Clean up the edges using soap, water and q-tips if needed. Set aside until completely dry, about 1 more hour. Use chalk markers to decorate and write messages on your new DIY sandwich saver!

What do you think? Could you see yourself making this for your future kids or, bless your heart, real kids as a back-to-school treat? I'd love to know! For all of you who are heading back to class—thinking of you and sending you warm wishes today! xo Erin  

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