From SpongeBob to Goofy, the amazing cartoon-inspired lunchboxes one creative mother made for her son
20:53 GMT, 25 June 2012
Like many devoted mothers, Heather Sitarzewski wakes up at the crack of dawn to make her eight-year-old son's lunchbox for school, full of the things she knows he'll love.
But while many working parents pushed for time will throw some slices of bread together with peanut butter and jelly, Heather's elaborate lunches can take up to an hour to assemble.
Taking a creative approach in everything she does, the graphic designer and illustrator from Denver, Colorado makes edible depictions of Disney characters using fruits, vegetables and other delicious lunch foods.
Heather Sitarzewski is a graphic designer and illustrator who applies her creative skills to the incredible lunchboxes she makes for her son every day
A ripe green apple makes a perfect Kermit face – just one of the Sesame Street characters to have featured in her son's lunchboxes this year
A huge fan of Disney and children's cartoons Heather gets even Garfield's sleepy expression right thanks to some egg yoke and whites and a piece of whole grain toast with seaweed for stripes
Carbo-loading with a breaded Snoopy face, a bit of seaweed and some pasta accompanied by some grapes for a sweet and healthy desert
Woody from Pixar's Toy Story has chocolate for a hat and bread crusts for hair
Though Heather can come make a
Garfield face out of whatever she finds in the fridge, the artistic
mother told MailOnline she often finds herself inspired ahead of time
and makes sure she picks up the right ingredients at the store.
Using lettuce as a 'bed' to hold the
pictures in place, the main component in her son's lunchboxes, she
explained, is the sandwich which is then decorated by fruits and
Heather's son's favourite toy (left) is rendered
in lunchtime foodstuffs while cartoon character, Goofy, combines
tomatoes, peppers and brocoli as a background for a cheery face of bread
and seaweed (right)
Though Heather can make even an Eeyore from ingredients she has in the fridge already, she often finds herself inspired ahead of time and makes sure she picks up the right ingredients at the store
Fruit and vegetables make this 'very hungry caterpillar' a healthy choice with a special treat of oreo cookies
Heather takes inspiration from the children's books and cartoons that she loves to indulge in when she's not working or watching science fiction movies
Referring to the lunchbox meals as
'bentos', she quipped: 'The fun bento designs can help disguise foods
too and promote interest for your child to try something new! Eggs may
be shunned until they look like an Angry Bird or Jack's dog Zero!'
Her son for one, is a fan of
everything she does. According to the designer, he has even begun to
name then and tells her there are none he doesn't like.
The mother and artist is a huge fan of Disney and even works for the company organising vacations when she's not designing
Heather relies on blue food colouring for her Smurf-themed bento which even incorporates toadstools of banana and apple and a breaded hat
The biggest challenge of bringing Disney to the bento box, she says, is making sure the different elements all stay together and in one place
A Disney-lover and children's book
enthusiast, Heather decided to embark up on the playful edible food
project last summer, challenging herself on her blog to make a whimsical
bento for every school day this year.
Many of the creations have been
recognisable faces from famous Disney cartoons such as Goofy, Captain
Hook, Woody from Toy Story, Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore and Tigger.
The Sesame Street character Big Bird appears in a lunchbox that contains carrots, cheese and pretzels
'The fun bento designs can help disguise foods too and promote interest for your child to try something new!' She quipped. 'Eggs may be shunned until they look like an Angry Bird or Jack's dog Zero!'
Small containers are the key, Heather says, so food doesn't shift about and fall apart en route to school
explained her fascination with Disney, recalling the early days of her
career: 'I took a computer animation class in college when “Beauty and
the Beast” was released.
When she's not working, Heather loves cartoons, sci-fi movies and listening to Tori Amos
'The ballroom scene was computer animated and I
was completely fascinated.
years later I took my first trip to Disneyland and I was blown away by
the artistry and the magic of the Disney parks. I've been hooked ever
biggest challenge of bringing Disney to the bento box, she says, is
making sure the different elements all stay together and in one place.
key to getting them to stay together is small, shallow containers,' she
advised. 'Typically a container that is made just for a sandwich is
plenty big enough. There are many “bento” boxes available as well.
'Pretty much all the space needs to be accounted for with food to keep everything from shifting around.'
a skill that apparently not many other mothers at her son's school are
brave enough to try out. Though many remark on how cute the lunches are
and how painstaking the process must be, few other children have arrived
at school with anything as impressive in their lunch bags.
Encouraged though by her Facebook friends, she created a Tumblr blog and posted every day's imaginative creations.
Though many of her son's friends' mothers remark on how cute the lunches are and how painstaking the process must be, few other children have arrived at school with anything as impressive in their lunch bags
Encouraged by her friends, Heather made a Tumblr page called Lunchbox Awesome on which she posted every single one of her creations daily
A kiwi, an egg, a Babybel cheese, a ham sandwich make a sweet scene of farmyard animals including a chicken and a rooster
Dumbo takes a break from flying in this lunchbox of bread and jam with fruit