Lunchbox Craft Challenge from The Farm at Rabon Creek

Lunchbox Craft Challenge from The Farm at Rabon Creek

It’s official- Fall Festival Season has begun and I couldn’t be happier! Just about every weekend in September and October boasts at least one festival or fair to check out- whether it’s arts & crafts…food…or antiques and vintage. And guess what? I love it all!

Do you remember my write-up last year after the 2014 Farm Fresh Fair? Well, it’s hard to believe, but 365 days (or so) have gone by and the 2015 Fair is THIS WEEKEND!

Farm Fresh Fair at The Farm at Rabon Creek

Farm Fresh Fair 2015!

I received a special invite a few weeks ago…a chance to visit The Farm at Rabon Creek, meet some of the furry/feathered critters that live there, and talk about the upcoming festivities. There were baby lamb twins born just the day before…

The Farm at Rabon Creek

Look in front of the pen…see the babies on the ground?

A tuxedo cat on the window sill at the Groom’s Cabin (how’s that for perfect placement?)…

The Farm at Rabon Creek

Kitty! (Sorry, I get excited about cats)

And several barns filled with all kinds of project inspiration (aka, vintage bits)!

The Farm at Rabon Creek

I spy treasures…

That’s when Lisa (the mastermind behind the Farm Fresh Fair) asked me if I’d be up for an upcycling challenge…in the form of three rusty metal lunchboxes.

Vintage 1980s metal lunchboxes for upcycling

Let the upcycling challenge begin!

Let me tell you- each lunchbox had seen better days. They were all but rusted shut, and had gotten a decent beating in their previous life. But who am I to step away from a crafting challenge?

Right away, I decided to give these a Halloween-styled makeover. I figured they could be upcycled into fun, hip trick-or-treat boxes…a funky departure from the standard-issue plastic pumpkin. Challenge accepted! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Vintage Lunchbox Makeovers

First, I gave each lunchbox a good scrubbing with a metal brush- I needed to remove the flaking paint and some of the rust. Then, I wiped them down with a damp paper towel- and released some of the spiders that had clearly been squatting in and on the lunchboxes for who knows how long!

After the dirty work was done (thank goodness!), I gave each one a nice spray down with paint primer.

vintage 1980s metal lunchbox

Let’s make this a clean slate…

Once the primer dried, I used a satin black spray paint– inside and outside. Now I had a smooth, clean, rust-free canvas to play with!

Painted upcycled vintage metal lunchbox

So fresh and so clean…

Painting upcycling a vintage metal lunchbox for Halloween

No tetanus here!

And then it was time to decorate! Now, please, PLEASE pardon my pitiful painting skills… but on this one, I added some spiderwebs, and then sprayed it with clear enamel to protect the paint.

Painting upcycling a vintage metal lunchbox for Halloween

It’s supposed to be a spiderweb…

Painted metal lunchbox for trick or treating Halloween by Sadie Seasongoods

Anyone know of any how-to-paint-spiderwebs classes that I could take??

Seriously, it’s like that “Spiders on Drugs” video! Ok, let’s move on to the next lunchbox.

How about a ghost?? White background and silver glitter spray paint to the rescue…

Painted ghost vintage metal lunchbox for Halloween trick-or-treat by Sadie Seasongoods


Ghost lunchbox lunch box for Halloween trick-or-treating by Sadie Seasongoods

Boo…with sparkles!

And last, but not least, a jack-o-lantern lunchbox…of course!

Vintage metal lunchbox painted as a jack-o-lantern for Halloween by Sadie Seasongoods /

Had to have a jack-o-lantern!!

Peel-and-stick black felt (leftover from my light cover ghosts) worked perfectly on the ghost and jack-o-lantern lunchboxes! I simply cut out the pieces and stuck them on (after I had painted each lunchbox with some clear enamel).

The Big Reveal

And there you have it- my Craft Challenge ghoulish trio! I think these are pretty cool for trick-or-treating, what do you think?

Vintage metal lunchbox painted as a jack-o-lantern for Halloween by Sadie Seasongoods /

Halloween lunchboxes for trick-or-treating!

They seriously needed to be saved and repurposed…and I’m fairly certain that they’ll hold Reese’s peanut butter cups, Bit-o-Honeys, and Starbursts just fine.

And if you’re looking for more Repurposed/Upcycled Halloween project ideas, check out my full collection here!

Craft on!


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  1. That was an awesome idea….I am truly impressed, will make me look at old lunch boxes differently from now on….Great Job!

  2. These are too darn cute and a great way to make over those old lunchboxes! Thanks for sharing them at the Vintage Inspiration Party!

  3. Looks great, I love how these turned out!

  4. Love these! So cute! Saw these on

  5. These are so cute! I love how you took something so simple and made it into a great Halloween decoration. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

  6. Hi! What an awesome idea!!! So simple and so so cute and creative!!!

  7. these are so cool! love these! thanks for sharing 🙂

    stop by and chat with me ♥

  8. Wow! You completely transformed these…they are soo much better than the original! I love each and every one of them, though I think the spider web one is my favorite given I love b&w and also it can be used outside the fall / Halloween season! I found you from the Creative Circle Link party…you should also link this up to ours! so cool!

  9. Love this! What a fun, fabulous way to repurpose those old rusty metal boxes! I try to recycle, repurpose, and upcycle every thing possible! Keep up the good (and fun) crafts!

  10. So cute! Would be super fun leading up to Halloween.

  11. Love this idea!! So cute!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!


  12. Hi Sarah
    woow. that´s a really great job 🙂
    You are welcome to join my BlogParty
    Hugs from Håkan in sweden

  13. These are adorable! Thank you so much for sharing at Friday Favorites! Shared on FB!

  14. Too cute for words Sarah! Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frugal. Pinned and shared on Facebook. Love, Mimi xxx

  15. I can’t believe you ended up with these cute trick-or-treat boxes from those rusty old lunch boxes! Very creative and cute!

  16. Such a cute idea! I need to find some metal lunch boxes now. Found you over at the Something To Talk About Party

  17. This is SUCH a cute idea! LOVE IT!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  18. These turned out so cute. And I love your spiderwebs!

  19. Well, you hit the challenge head on. Such a fun idea! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  20. I’m stopping by from Merry Monday. What a smart way to re-use old lunch boxes! I think your spiderwebs look awesome!

  21. I love this idea. So much better than those plastic pails or a pillow case. I like the limited space inside too! Pinned!

  22. This is so cute! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you again next week!

  23. These are so cute! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you again next week!

  24. These are so cute. I would simply use these for Halloween decor. They would be perfect stacked on a corner of my kitchen counter! Thank you so much for sharing over at Celebrate it Sunday, I hope you come by and party with me again this week!

  25. Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing. I think your webs turned out great, not too scary or too cutesy – a perfect kid-friendly spooky look 🙂


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