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A collection of all the cute & delicious bento box recipes & tutorials created on Love At First Bento. You’ll find cute bento boxes, character bento boxes (AKA kyaraben), and elegant bento boxes. Every bento box includes step by step instructions, a video tutorial, and plenty of tips for creating beautiful bento lunch boxes like a pro.

Rilakkuma Rice Balls Bento

Rilakkuma Rice Balls – a must-have addition to any Rilakkuma fan’s bento box. Super easy to make, and almost too cute to eat!

 

Rilakkuma rice balls are a must-have addition to any Rilakkuma fan's bento box! Easy to make, delicious to eat, and an adorable upgrade from plain white rice bentos. Video tutorial included! | loveatfirstbento.com

Rilakkuma rice balls are a must-have addition to any Rilakkuma fan's bento box! Easy to make, delicious to eat, and an adorable upgrade from plain white rice bentos. Video tutorial included! | loveatfirstbento.com

Let’s talk rice balls. Like, literally, rice shaped into cute little teensy balls that you can just pop into your mouth and eat in one bite. We’re going to step up our rice ball game today and multiply their cuteness times 1 million. Behold: Rilakkuma rice balls, featuring Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, and Kiiroitori. They’re deliciously adorable, easy to eat, and a fun upgrade from a boring old white rice bento. 

Flower Garden Soboro Bento

Unleash the flower power with this beautiful flower garden soboro bento box. Learn how you can easily transform this classic bento into an edible work of art.

 

Flower Garden Soboro Bento Box - Learn how to easily make a beautiful flower garden soboro bento that's almost too pretty to eat! Plus, a secret tip that makes decorating even easier. Recipe at loveatfirstbento.com

Flower Garden Soboro Bento Box - Learn how to easily make a beautiful flower garden soboro bento that's almost too pretty to eat! Plus, a secret tip that makes decorating even easier. Recipe at loveatfirstbento.com

Have you ever grown your own plants before? I can’t say I have a lot of experience with this myself, but just this summer, I decided to give growing some of my own herbs a try. When I say give it a try, I mean “go to the grocery store and buy their pre-potted herbs” kind of try. That still counts though, right? I ended up with a parsley plant, as well as a cute little shiso and mizuna plant I found at my local Japanese store.

In the beginning, I was quite diligent with my watering duties, and even used some of the parsley in an omelette (such a proud plant-mama moment). Fast forward a few weeks, however, and my parsley and mizuna plants had, quite literally, dropped dead. Needless to say, I am now tagged in every meme about killing plants on Facebook.

Hello Kitty Rice Popsicles

Beat the summer heat with Hello Kitty rice popsicles– easy to make, fun to eat, and the perfect addition to any summertime bento box!

 

Hello Kitty Rice Popsicles - Easily shape your rice into popsicles by using a standard popsicle mold! Find out how at loveatfirstbento.com | bento box, character bento, cute food.

Hello Kitty Rice Popsicles - Easily shape your rice into popsicles by using a standard popsicle mold! Find out how at loveatfirstbento.com | bento box, character bento, cute food.

Popsicle season is upon us. You’ve probably heard the ice cream truck tinkling it’s irresistible melody from down the street countless times by now. Perhaps you were able to resist the esoteric lure of the ice cream truck– if so, I applaud you. I, personally, do not house the mental strength to resist the hypnotic pull, and so you will see me right in there amongst all the kids, debating over about 10 different items I’d like to inhale within 5 seconds.

But what if you’re cooped up inside for lunch, unable to enjoy the saccharine deliciousness and inevitable brain freeze of frozen treats? Solution: rice popsicles.

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