When you were a kid, your paper bag school lunches most likely consisted of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, an apple, and maybe a few Oreos. Brown bag lunches aren”t necessarily creative cuisine, unless you”re the child of Beau Coffron, the food artist behind the blog Lunchbox Dad.
A father of three living in San Francisco, California, Coffron started creating elaborate lunch art as a way to connect with his daughter when she was at school. When he saw a few moms on the Internet making similar lunchtime meals, he thought, “I”m a dad, why can”t I do this?” Three years have passed and he”s made his daughter a bento box creation every Monday since. Recently, he started including his son in the fun.
Check out a few of our favorite Lunchbox Dad creations below. Plus, Coffron answers a few questions about his inspiration, his favorite meals, and tips for parents who”d like to try making lunch art at home.
Coffron”s personal favorite lunchbox creation was a Star Wars inspired Chewbacca portrait. “Of course I am excited for the new Star Wars movie to come out so I can make some of the new characters,” he added.
You can tell from Coffron”s blog that he”s a big Star Wars fan.
One of Coffron”s most recent creations, a baseball-themed lunch, also holds a special spot in his heart. “I really like my recent spring baseball lunch because my whole family loves baseball and we”ve been excited for the season to start so we can get out and watch some games together,” he told us.
Coffron made this Captain America lunch for his son. His son”s next lunchtime request? A Thor-themed box.
When asked what inspires his daughter”s lunches, Coffron replied, “They are usually a surprise based on what she is currently watching or reading.” With its wild popularity, it”s no surprise Coffron made a Frozen-themed lunch.
Many of Coffron”s lunches have a Disney theme. Here”s a gorgeous food portrait of Mulan. His daughter”s next request is a Cinderella lunch.
Coffron tries to keep his kids” lunches not only creative, but also healthy.
Despite their intricate detail, Coffron notes, “Most take around 30 minutes to assemble. I usually put them together on Sunday nights after my kids go to bed.”
Coffron says that if you want to try making artistic bento boxes at home, start out simple. “Just use cookie cutters on a sandwich and see how it goes. If your kids like it, you can get more elaborate or try different things.”
Overall, he suggests not to forget why you”re making the lunches in the first place. “Remember, the point is not to make things perfect or complicated, the point is to show your kids that you love them.”
If you decide to take matters into your own hands, Coffron has descriptive tutorials on how to make each creation on his blog.
Coffron”s favorite part of making the lunches is getting his daughter”s feedback. “I love hearing her reaction as well as how she tries new healthy foods when they are made into fun shapes.”
Coffron and his lunches have understandably racked up quite the social media following.
His work is amazing and his passion for taking care of his children is incredibly admirable.
If I had kids, I”d definitely try my hand at making creative bento box lunches like this.
If you loved Coffron”s work, you can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. He has a new lunchbox tutorial on his site every week, plus more thoughts and tips on parenting.