Fast forward to today. My boys were taking their naps and I already finished cleaning the house. That pizza box was just begging to be crafted so I turned some ideas around in my mind and finally decided I wanted to make a small art easel out of it.
I sat for a while trying to think of how I can manipulate the box before I just decided that I'm sure there are some creative people who have already perfected this idea...so I turned to Google. Lo and behold, there was already a great tutorial on making a pizza box easel. They included a few tools which I was without, so I did have to improvise a bit, but the finished product came out AWESOME!
Here's how I made my pizza box easel using common household items:
Step 1: Get a clean pizza box (bonus points for getting a Papa John's one- they have the BEST pizza and their boxes look good in this project).
Step 2: Turn the box inside out. This step is really optional. I just like the clean white look of inside of the pizza box versus the business of the outside of the box.
Step 3: In order to make a tray for holding your paints, you need to fold a portion of the box's lid flat, but folding the lid in a straight line is difficult so I would recommend scoring where you want the fold using a butter knife (be sure not to cut through the box!)
**Pictures added to clarify this step!
Note: I accidentally scored on the inside of the box instead of the outside. I had to do this again on the outside of the box but forgot to get a picture.
Step 5: Use a binder clip to hold your paper in place. I would also recommend you put a layer of Press and Seal saran wrap on the paint tray to protect it from drips :)
Step 6: Gather your paints. I will be posting a homemade paint recipe that we used later this week!
Step 7: Enjoy your new Pizza Box Easel! Perfect for painting outside during this beautiful fall weather!
This was one of the easiest projects I've made in a long time, and it looks really impressive! It would be a great thing to put together for a child's painting party :) I think I have a new idea for an upcoming play date...
Let me know if you make a Pizza Box Easel and any creative modifications you include! I love hearing your ideas :)