Hats off to the dads transforming their kids' packed lunches into incredible works of art

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The minion lunch

These are the dads taking lunchtime on the internet by storm and turning other parents green with envy as they go.

 

First up is Beau Coffron of Lunchboxdad.com. The San Francisco-based writer and father-of-three packs a lunch box every morning for his daughter Abigail.

 

Super Mario dad

From Disney to the Muppets, this is one dad who takes lunch time very seriously. Check out the magic mushroom broccoli.

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Who you gonna call?

... Dad of course! This Ghostbusters-themed lunchbox isn't going to frighten anybody.

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Make sure you Chew-bacca

The whole family are big Star Wars fans so this blackberry fruit pot with chocolate spread was a fitting tribute on National Star Wars Day (May the fourth, of course).

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You muppet!

Beau says of his creations: "I just wanted to do something to help my daughter feel connected with me and have something fun for her to do at school but also be healthy at the same time."

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Dream lunchtime

Imagine the excitement in opening your lunch to find you've got a My Little Pony with a rasberry mane. It's all too much.

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Found him!

There's Nemo. Lovingly reproduced in sweet potato.

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Tangled

Pasta for hair = perfect Rapunzel.

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Frozen lunch

It's Elsa and Olaf! (On a bed of carrots of course.)

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Monsters University

Blue-dyed cream cheese and a kiwi fruit transform into Sully and Mike.

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Sandwiches in the bag

Our next dad is David Laferriere. The Massachusetts father-of-two brightens up breaktime for his 13- and 15-year-old sons with sandwich bag art. 

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Via: David Laferriere/CC BY-SA 2.0/Flickr: dlaferriere

 

A bug's life

Sometimes he draws inspriation from shape of the bread, but there's also a lot of monsters, robots and creepy crawlies.

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Via: David Laferriere/CC BY-SA 2.0/Flickr: dlaferriere

 

Mouse house

Here he uses the shape of the bread to create an adorable sleepy mouse.

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Mouse

David Laferriere/CC BY-SA 2.0/Flickr: dlaferriere

 

Loving the hole thing

David, a graphic designer, says: “The sandwich bags are something that my boys and I share together. But the comments people leave about a parent doing something similar really touches me, because there are other parents that love their kids just as much. And they love them enough to leave a little note, a little whatever it may be … that’s just something that brightens their day when they get to their lunch."

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Hole

Via: David Laferriere/CC BY-SA 2.0/Flickr: dlaferriere

 

Formal monster

Sometimes the occasion calls for a bow tie. 

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monster

Via: David Laferriere/CC BY-SA 2.0/Flickr: dlaferriere

 

Since 2008 David has been transforming lunch with his artwork, creating more than 2,000 designs so far, and counting! 

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Via: David Laferriere/CC BY-SA 2.0/Flickr: dlaferriere

 

Bags more art

But there are more dads at it: this is the work of Bryn Dunn from Minneapolis, a graphic designer, illustrator and father-of-two (or "two-time successful breeder" as he puts it), who has been drawing on his son's lunch bags for years.

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Via: moremonger.com 

 

More minions

To celebrate his son finishing the first grade, he uploaded a collection of his favourite designs to his Tumblr.

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Ben 10

Bryan (aka The Bag Dad) says that in a year, this was the first design that his son didn't want to take to school in case it got wrecked. Kung-fu Stegosaurus had to stand in as a last minute replacement. 

 

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Via: moremonger.com 

 

Peter Parker

The designs don't often make it home. Instead they're hotly prized and given out to friends and teachers. Looks like somebody might be the most popular kid in his class. 

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The tiger who came for lunch

Sometimes the designs are pure invention, but often they're familiar cartoon characters, like Calvin and Hobbes.

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Karma chameleon

Or a hybrid of film stars and a little bit of imagination. Like the Joker chameleon.

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Under the sea

A tasty lunch treat, the rare Sandwich Octopus

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Bananadrama

Or even a banana feeling a little worse for wear. 

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What's your best packed lunch trick? Try some of these recipes for lunchbox inspiration