Children’s lunch intro
I like to do small things to make things special. I also don’t do this every day! Most of the time they get a boring lunch, but sometimes it can be more fun than doing a regular sandwhich, and obviously they enjoy it too :)
To spice up a sandwhich either by making a large shape, like a favourite character (charaben), or in pretty random things, preferably following a theme (decoben):
You can use a big cookie cutter to cut out a sandwhich, single or double
You can use a small paper cone to decorate it with condiments like katchup, soy sauce, mayo
You can use paper punches or scissors to cut out pieces of Nori
You can use small cookie cutters to cut out cheese, ham, vegetables.
Straws in all sizes are good for cutting out eyes or in a pinch (pun intended), tear drop shapes or similiar.
You can also use a knife, this can be more efficient for simple, large shapes.
Some people use a template that they have drawn or printed out, and cut out. It’s then easy to place the tenplate on top of the food and cut around it.
I also like to vary the container a bit, sometimes I pack in a double layer classical Bento box, other times in a large box that takes a lot of small boxes. Sometimes I use a paper or plastic bag. My favourite bags are the ones I get when I buy vegetables, they have a handle that makes it easy to carry them. Plus it feels good to give it one extra use :)
When the sandwhiches are not decorated I like to use paper to pack them in, if they are I prefer cling film so that it stays in place.