Make a "How to Train Your Dragon" Lunch Box

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Make a "How to Train Your Dragon" Lunch Box
Let your child draw her own "How To Train Your Dragon"-inspired design. (drawing image by Renata Osinska from Fotolia.com)

"How To Train Your Dragon" is a kids' movie released in 2010 about a young boy who befriends a dragon. If your child loved this film, you can make him a "How To Train Your Dragon" lunch box so he can show his friends and fellow dragon fans at school. The lunch box can include photos or images from the movie or original dragon-themed artwork by your child.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Solid-coloured, rectangular, plastic lunch box
  • Picture or graphics computer program
  • White printer paper
  • Scissors
  • Printer sticker paper
  • Colour printer
  • Shellac sealant spray

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure one of the sides of your lunch box, and subtract 1 inch from each side. For example, if your lunch box is 10 inches by 6 inches, then the measurement you will use is 9 inches by 5 inches. This will be the size of the photo you will create.

  2. 2

    Select a graphic from, or pertaining to, the movie to include on the lunch box. Find an image in a book and scan it onto your computer, or search for photos on the movie's website or websites about the movie.

  3. 3

    Open the graphic in your computer graphics program. Locate the editing menu of your program, and find the "Resize" option. In most picture and graphics programs, the editing menu can be found at the top of the screen. When the resize screen pops up, enter the dimensions you measured for your lunch box, and click "OK."

  4. 4

    Print the graphic in black and white on plain white paper. Cut it out, and hold it over the lunch box to ensure that it will fit on the side of the lunch box. If it is slightly too big or too small, resize the graphic by 1/2 inch on both sides. Print the newly sized image again, and check for a proper fit on the lunch box.

  5. 5

    Print the graphic in colour on a sheet of sticker paper, and cut it out. Peel back the sticker paper, and slowly lay the graphic down on the side of the lunch box, centring it in the middle. Use a flat edge to press down the graphic from top to bottom to smooth it out.

  6. 6

    Open the lunch box, and place in on a sheet or towel with the outside of the lunch box facing up. The inside of the lunch box should be against the sheet or towel. Use another sheet or towel to cover all of the lunch box except the side with the sticker. Spray the sticker side of the lunch box with shellac sealant. This will give the graphic a glossy finish and help keep it adhered to the lunch box. Allow the shellac to dry overnight. Wash the lunch box with dish soap and cold water, and dry it by hand.

Tips and warnings

  • Let your child draw his own "How To Train Your Dragon"-inspired design on sticker paper.

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