Back-to-School Lunch Notes Craft Project

I pack the lunches in our house every day and, at least once a week, I try to include a small note letting the lucky recipient know how much I care about them. Illustrator Emily McDowell's tiny love notes are my favorite go-to lunch letters for all ages; these cheerful, fruit-inspired cards by Deb's Artful Creations are just right for younger folks. I like to keep a stash of these on hand, but making cards for lunches is what I love to do most. Treat your children to a lunch box surprise by making your very own loose-leaf-inspired lunch notes.

Materials

  • White card stock
  • Paper trimmer
  • Fine-tip red and blue pens or markers
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Hole punch

Instructions

1. Start out by trimming your white card stock into 2.5-by-3.5-inch pieces on your paper trimmer. (This small trimmer from Fiskars is perfect for a little job like this.)
2. Next, use the ruler on your paper trimmer (or small handheld ruler) and measure in a half inch on the left side of the card. Make a small mark with your pencil.
3. Using your ruler as a straight edge, make a line over your small pencil mark with your red pen or marker.
4. Back over on your paper trimmer, mark along the end of the note every half inch to create the ruled lines of the note.
5. With your blue pen or marker, mark each line of the card, once again using your ruler as a straight edge.
6. Finish your lunch note by adding two holes on the side of the card. Add your message and tuck it inside your child's lunch box.

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