Alphabet Bento Lunch Idea for Kids

Alphabet Bento Lunch Idea for Kids

School has started for us and I officially have a first grader. OMG. I cannot believe it. Time is flying by and it really should slow down. Anyway, I’m always trying to come up with new ideas to keep my kiddo interested in her lunches. The other day I created this fun Alphabet Bento Lunch Idea. It definitely encourages her to play with her food, but I’m okay with that. I think it’s okay to sometimes have fun with your food. I found these awesome small alphabet cookie cutters at the store and I knew they would be perfect for cutting shapes out for my daughter’s lunch.

What’s in her lunch? A small cheese sandwich (she always wants a cheese sandwich), cheese alphabet (cut from slices of cheese), fresh raspberries from the garden (they are still growing), broccoli and a tomato, and some yummy blend of Crunchmaster® Original Multi-Grain Crisps and White Cheddar Multi-Grain crackers (she likes variety in her snacks). These Crunchmaster® crackers are made from brown rice and were new to us. Turns out my kiddo loves them!

After school my daughter reported that she really enjoyed this lunch and wants it again! She had fun spelling words on her Crunchmaster crackers and her friends helped her come up with things to spell. She spelled “cool”, “school”, “yummy”, and “fart”. Yup. She spelled fart, she is a 6-year-old. Ha! What I really love about this bento lunch is it’s not completely over the top. I do enjoy looking at those amazing lunches online, but I just don’t have that kind of time. My Alphabet Bento Lunch Idea is easy to create and not too crazy to put together on a busy school night.

Alphabet Bento Lunch Idea for Kids

What do you do to make lunches more fun for your kids? What combo would you come up with using Crunchmaster crackers? If you share your kid lunches online, I want to see! You can tag me on Instagram (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey

This post was sponsored by Crunchmaster® and I was paid to share this fun lunch idea with you! A full-flavored snack made with brown rice and wholesome ingredients that is oven-baked, kosher, low in sugar and naturally gluten free. These thin and crispy snacks are baked using an authentic Japanese “Usuyaki” process to create an incredible crunch.

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Pretty Painted Pumpkin Planters DIY

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It might not seem like it’s time for Halloween, but it is. Ha! It will be here before you know it and you might as well get crafting now. Right? If it feels like it might be just a little bit early for some Halloween crafting, then this DIY is for you. These planters look are the perfect decor to take you from the end of Summer through all of Fall. I love how they turned out and now I want to gold leaf and paint the real pumpkins we pick out from the pumpkin patch. I mean, I do have some gold leaf left…

Do you want to make these planters? Good! They are very simple to create and I know you’ll love them when you’re finished.

Supplies needed to make my Pretty Painted Pumpkin Planters DIY:

  • Foam pumpkins
  • Hot knife
  • Gold leaf kit (make sure you get the adhesive and sealer)
  • Pink and black paint (I used Martha Stewart paint)
  • Paint brush for the glue
  • Paint brush for brushing on the gold leaf
  • Paint brush for the paint
  • Plants
  • Planters

Directions:

Step 1: Draw a circle on the top of the pumpkin where you plan to cut out the hole for the planter. I just measured the top of my planter to get the right size.

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Step 2: Use your hot knife to cut out the tops of the pumpkins along your circle line. Be careful, it’s hot!

Pretty Painted Pumkin Planters DIY Pretty Painted Pumkin Planters DIY

Step 3: Grab your painters tape and tape off a section of the pumpkin near the bottom. Be sure to press the tape up against the grooves of the pumpkin so the adhesive doesn’t escape past the tape.

Follow the directions on your gold leaf package. I applied a layer of adhesive and followed that with some gold leaf. After I was done applying the gold leaf I added a coat of sealer to seal it in.

When the sealer is completely dry, use a knife to gently cut just below the tape on the gold leaf. Carefully peel off the tape (do this slowly so the gold leaf doesn’t peel off with the tape.

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Step 4: Grab your paint and randomly brush on some paint around the pumpkin. Let that dry completely and add your plants! You are done!

Pretty Painted Pumpkin Planters DIY Pretty Painted Pumpkin Planters DIY

To kick off fall in your own home, visit Michaels.com and check out the variety of craft pumpkins available – there is every color, shape and size you could ever want! There are tons of ways to DIY your own craft pumpkin for your home, a party or even as a gift.

Be sure to check out all of the other Michaels Makers pumpkin ideas on the Michaels blog.


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I want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey

P.S. I was provided with a Michael’s gift card, from Michael’s, to create this pumpkin DIY for you!

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Local Love: Feast Portland

Feast Portland

I’m just popping in to tell you guys about something that happens here in Portland once a year: Feast! It’s a massive food festival that attracts visitors from all over to eat some of the best food around.

I haven’t had the chance to attend Feast in the past, but I will be there this year! I LOVE food and I love a good festival that celebrates yummy food. I’ll be headed to a few different events, but I’m most excited about the Brunch.

Feast Portland

So, if you’ve been considering a trip to Portland in the next month and haven’t set a date yet, come on this week and buy yourself some tickets to a few feast events. A LOT of it is sold out, but there are still some events available (including a big wine tasting).

Maybe I’ll see you there? You can check out all the info here.

– Chelsey


It’s Friday, let’s celebrate with a sale!

Enamel Wine Glass Pins by The Paper Mama and The Crafted Life.

Rachel, from the Crafted Life, and I have decided that this was a super long week and we are ready for some happy hour time on Friday! To celebrate that Friday is FINALLY here, we are putting our Wine Time enamel pin on sale for today!

Get $2 off the wine time pin right over here in my shop (the price has already been adjusted for the discount). These pins are normally $12, but you can get it for $10.

Enjoy and HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

– Chelsey

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