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A cute lunchbox tin decorated any which way your heart pleases.
I saw the cutest lunchbox tins at the craft store for less than $8.00 (U.S.). I had different lunchbox tins (with prefabricated designs) that I used as purses but lost/broke them over the years from moving a lot. Let's see...I had an Elvis one, hot rod flames, and a magnetic poetry one. Anyway, I decided to give a personalized one to my dear friend Cheyne, who is a fashion photographer and loves all things retro.

*The steps are very much the same as the embellished compact and embellished mirror. Good ol' Mod Podge! :)

P.S. The times are an estimate. I was actually working on all of the embellished projects all at once. While I waited for something to dry, I worked on something else.

Posted by Mishy Le Fleur from Honolulu, Hawaii, United States • Published See Mishy Le Fleur's 8 projects »
  • How to make a lunch box. Embellished Lunchbox Tin - Step 1
    Step 1


    +Lunch box tin from craft store

    +Mod Podge or other decoupage glue

    +Sharp, precise scissors (like Honey Bee)

    +Sponge applicator and container for glue

    +Magazine cutouts, wrapping paper, tissue paper, ribbons, scrapbook paper, stickers, jewels, rickrack, acrylic paint and brushes, spray paint, etc.

    +Optional: Thin Strip Magnets, e-6000 glue, and toothpicks to adhere any decorations you want inside the lid.

  • How to make a lunch box. Embellished Lunchbox Tin - Step 2
    Step 2

    ***You can coat the tin lunchbox with paint or spray paint if you want to change its base colour. If so, wait for the paint to dry according to manufacturer's instructions.

    *For this project I spraypainted the lunchbox with silver and let it dry overnight.*

    * I used a scrapbooking kit for the background, stickers, and ribbons. I printed out some 1970s era cameras and fashion photos on matte cardstock

    Cut out magazine images and lay them out so you know how you want the final product to look. If you want to print out some photos from the internet, you can use matte cardstock so it won't tear while you apply the decoupage glue.

    Glue the images to where you want.

    Make sure you get the air bubbles out by smoothing out the picture.

  • How to make a lunch box. Embellished Lunchbox Tin - Step 3
    Step 3

    Wait for the decoupage glue to try for a bit (minimum of half an hour) before applying a coat all over.

    Wait an hour for it to dry, then apply another coat. It should dry within an hour.

    If you want to add any jewels or ribbons, wait for the initial overcoat to dry then add them.

    Put another coat of the decoupage glue all over, including the ribbons.

  • How to make a lunch box. Embellished Lunchbox Tin - Step 4
    Step 4

    ***Optional Step***
    To decorate the inside, I found a 1970s era male paper-doll after doing an image search. I thought it would be appropriate so Cheyne will 'always' have a male model. Hee hee.

    I resized the images, printed them out on matte cardstock, and cut them out. I glued them with decoupage glue onto more cardstock to make it sturdier. I waited half an hour for it to dry,then coated them with the decoupage glue. After waiting for another hour, I cut all the images out.

    I cut out the strips of magnets and glued them to the images with e-6000, spreading them out with a toothpick. It took about an hour to dry and so I stuck them onto the inside lid.

    *You can tweak the decoration for the inside lid as you please. Create your own paper dolls, make a memo board, magnetic poetry, whatever you'd like! :)

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Chantal M.
Chantal M. · Gilbert, Arizona, US · 16 projects
i've seen those boxes at the craft store and wondered what i could do with one. now i know. :p thanks for the idea and great tutorial. Happy i like it a lot
Coda S.
Coda S.
and i was wondering, can u wash the lunch box or nah?
Coda S.
Coda S.
and i was wondering, can u wash the lunch box or nah?
Roxanna · Del Rio, Texas, US · 2 projects
I'm confused about when I use the mod podge? Basically what kind of glue I use when & where.
Nicole Renee
Nicole Renee · Kansas City, Missouri, US · 16 projects
This box is sooooooooooooooooooo doll!!!!!! <3

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