Arabic Chalkboard Lunchbox {Tutorial}

Today is the last full week of the school year and also the last full week of Ramadan.  Eid Al Fitr, the holiday that commemorates the end of Ramadan, is predicted to occur on Friday or Saturday.

I thought I would surprise my young daughter by adding chalkboard paint to her lunchbox to get through this last final week.  I wrote some Arabic words for her to practice saying while having her lunch.  If you don’t want to use your lunchbox for educational purposes, you can add jokes or inspirational sayings for your children.

I received the chalkboard paint as my Plaid Ambassador roll. We’ve used it a few times this Ramadan on a sign and our lazy susan. Even after all three of these projects, I bet we can still get many more!


Place the blue tape around the edge of the lunchbox to protect the sides and add a layer of chalkboard paint.

Once that layer has fully dried, add a second layer. After they have both dried, you will need to condition the paint before its first use by rubbing chalk all over it.

Use a wet paper towel to wipe everything off.

Now your lunchbox is ready to use.  I added three words in Arabic, bismillah, alhamdulillah and masha’Allah.

I also made sure to sign it. I added xoxo, which means hugs and kisses in English and wrote mama in Arabic, ماما.

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I am a Libyan American who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab and Islamic culture.