How to Make Your Own Happy Meal Type of Box

By Heather Robson ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Sheet of thin cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Crayons
  • Print-outs of games, mazes, and coloring pictures
  • Straight edge
  • Glue

What kid doesn’t love a happy meal? You can make even your pickiest eater thrilled with his lunch by designing and decorating a homemade happy meal box for him to take to school, on a picnic or even to enjoy at home. By making your own happy meal, you can create a healthy meal, tailored to suit your child’s taste and give him a fun, special meal all at the same time. Creating your own happy meal is cheaper than buying one at a restaurant, too, so you’ll be saving money while helping your child have fun.

Homemade Happy Meals

Use a kid’s meal box from a fast food restaurant for your template. Gently unfold it so that you can see how it goes together.

Put the unfolded box on top of the cardboard and carefully trace its outline.

Cut out the shape from the cardboard.

Use the straight edge to create sharp, neat creases where you will fold the cardboard into a box. Then carefully fold your box into shape.

Print out or make copies of mazes, coloring pictures and hidden-picture or word-find games. Glue these to the sides of the box.

Pack the box with your child’s favorite healthy lunch. Instead of a toy, include some crayons so she can play the games and color the pictures.


If you don’t want to fuss with cutting and folding your box, you can usually find oversized Chinese food boxes at your local party supply story. You can decorate one of these boxes with puzzles and games for the same effect.

About the Author

Heather Robson has more than 10 years of professional writing experience with articles appearing in publications such as "Portland Magazine" and "Treasure Valley Family Magazine." Her education is in physics and English literature, so she's ready to tackle any topic that comes her way.