How to Make a Miniature Lunchbox

How to Make a Miniature Lunchbox | Dainty & Sweet
Inspired by the retro lunchboxes of the days of yore, here is a tutorial on making a miniature lunchbox that really opens for your scene or dollhouse out of scrapbook paper! 

One thing to note: I added a hinge to my lunchbox so I can open and close it, but the hinge definitely throws the lunchbox a bit off balance. If you’re wanting your lunchbox to be able to stand up on its own (I don’t really need that), then you may want to just use folded paper or felt for the hinge.

Click here to view other back to school accessories you can make for your miniature scenes. 

What You Need to Make a Miniature Lunchbox

  • Scrapbook paper (2 coordinating colors)
  • Bone folder or butter knife
  • Acrylic ruler
  • Craft glue
  • Brass hinge
  • Brass-plated paper fastener (brad)
  • Coordinating paint (optional)
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Wire cutter
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How to Make a Miniature Lunchbox

  1. Cut two pieces of your main color of scrapbook paper to size for the lunchbox – calculate the size of the paper needed by adding the depth required to each side of the lunchbox. (So, for example–I wanted my lunchbox 1″W x 3/4″T x 3/8″D, so I cut my main piece of paper to be 1.75″ x 1.5″. I cut my second piece of paper (the lid) to have just 1/8″ all the way around.)
     
  2. Using your bone folder or butter knife and your acrylic ruler, score your scrapbook paper where you want to fold it. You may want to flip the paper over and repeat on the other side.

    How to Make a Miniature Lunchbox | Dainty & Sweet

  3. Cut along one fold at each corner to allow the box to overlap itself.

    How to Make a Miniature Lunchbox | Dainty & Sweet

  4. Fold the box and glue it.

    How to Make a Miniature Lunchbox | Dainty & Sweet

  5. Repeat this process for the lid of the lunchbox.
  6. To make the handle of the lunchbox, unfold a brass brad and carefully cut it using your wire cutters.

    How to Make a Miniature Lunchbox | Dainty & Sweet

  7. Use your butter knife to fold the brad into a handle shape.
  8. Decorate your lunchbox as desired (I added a red stripe around the side and painted the inside.) Attach the handle and the hinge using your crafters glue, and enjoy!
How to Make a Miniature Lunchbox | Dainty & Sweet
Happy crafting!