When I fist started buying bentos, those little bands that you use to keep the tiers together slowly became the bane of my existence. While many of the nicer bentos came with the bands, some of the cuter or cheaper ones I bought would not have the band included. Not realizing this, I would get home only to discover that I would be forced to use a hair elastic or something to keep everything in place. I realize that I was being silly, but I was annoyed that I went through all this trouble to have a cute lunch box, only to keep it together with something kinda boring and bland. I returned to the place were I bought my bento and discovered two things: one, they keep the bands in another aisle at the store and that is why I had missed to make the connection, and two, they were out of the matching band that went with my box. The odd thing was that they still had a million of my boxes in stock, just no bands. Rather than searching online and paying shipping costs for something that should only cost a dollar or two, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own.
Making your own bento bands couldn’t be easier. All you need is some elastic, a needle and thread, and whatever you want to use to cover up your seam and make your band pretty. In the picture above, I simply crocheted a little flower. I even used some elastic that I had lying around from an older craft project.
Measure your elastic by wrapping it around the box once. Make sure that you cut it a little short to ensure that the band will be nice and snug to keep the box closed. Sew the two ends of the elastic together making sure they overlap at least half an inch. Lastly, sew or glue on whatever decoration you have over the part where you sewed the two ends together. I have used anything from buttons to felted beads and flowers to make my bands. The possibilities are endless and you can really customize things to match your bento box surprisingly well.