Guest blogger series | How to make a Pizza box Chalkboard and Whiteboard Easel

by contributor on 01/10/2011

in Guest blog series2 2011, Kids Crafts, Paper+Mixed Media

LiEr is a wife to Dave and mom to three little girls Emily (7), Jenna (almost 5) and Kate (3). She used to be a high-school physics teacher and sometime school counselor and now gratefully stays home and sleeps in. She likes making things and divides her crafting time between sewing (too much) and cardboard (nowhere near enough). She blogs at ikatbag where she writes tutorials because she hasn’t quite managed to beat the teacher part of her into retirement. She also has a small nutella problem.

Cardboard Easel With Chalkboard On One Side And Dry-Erase Board On The Other Made Out Of A Pizza Box And That Folds Shut And Has A Bonus Homemade Eraser

Hello everyone! My oldest daughter Emily is having a birthday party in September and one of the crafts are these cardboard easels made from pizza boxes. Long ago, I made largish tabletop easels, inspired by Maya’s easels. My girls loved them – we taped paper to them and they went wild with their paint brushes. For the party, I thought mini-easels would be the perfect size for the guests to make and decorate.

This being a school-themed party, we’re making them two-in-one: chalkboard on one side, and dry-erase board on the other. We’re also throwing in a homemade eraser and some dry-erase markers and chalk that store inside the easel when it’s closed.

Because I couldn’t find 14 small pizza boxes, I had to cut and assemble my own boxes. Obviously, you don’t have to make yours from scratch – it should be easy enough to save one pizza box from a meal!

You will need:

  • One small pizza box (ours was a 10″)
  • Extra piece of corrugated cardboard the same size as the top of the pizza box
  • One milk (or juice) jug cap
  • One small piece of foam (we used high-density)
  • Chalkboard contact paper
  • Dry-erase contact paper
  • The usual suspects: craft knife, scissors, hot glue gun

Note: You can buy chalkboard contact paper and dry-erase contact paper online (try amazon) and at some craft stores. An alternative is to use chalkboard paint and regular clear contact paper over white card stock.

Step 1: Glue down the center flaps of the pizza box so the four shallow walls of the board are upright.

Step 2: Cut a piece of corrugated cardboard the same size as the top of the pizza box. Hot-glue this to the front flap (the one that tucks into the front of the box). This is the finished bare easel, with its flap tucked into the base.

Step 3: Cut a piece of dry-erase contact paper to size, peel and stick it onto one side of the open easel. Repeat for the chalkboard contact paper, sticking that to the opposite side of the open easel. The easel is completed!

Step 4: Cut a piece of foam so that it is bigger than the milk jug cap. This piece will fit nicely inside the cap, but it will be too tall. You can trim yours to the right height, and to a more aesthetically pleasing shape if you like.

Step 5: Hot glue the foam piece to the inside of the cap, squeezing it in so that it expands and fits snugly inside the cap. This works really well with the dry-erase side of the easel but we found that we had to dampen it a little to get the chalkboard absolutely clean. Add chalk, dry-erase markers and play school! Or write silly messages to no one in particular.

When you’re done playing, store everything inside the easel, fold and shut the lid, and put it away for another day.

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1 emma October 1, 2011 at 6:56 am

I LOVE this idea! I just found some of the chalkboard contact paper at Officeworks a couple of weeks ago and now we have it on the back of our door. Lots of fun for something not totally permanent as it just peels off again. I’ll have to look out for the whiteboard one too, or for this job you could probably just use white paper with clear contact over the top too. Pizza for dinner tomorrow night….

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2 Melanie K October 1, 2011 at 8:05 am

This is such an inventive idea!

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3 Selena October 1, 2011 at 8:55 am

What a brilliant idea! Genius!

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4 cecile October 1, 2011 at 10:23 am

Great idea ! I love it. Thank you !

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5 Grandma G October 1, 2011 at 11:14 am

What a simple but ingenious idea!

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6 LizAnderson October 1, 2011 at 11:58 am

Brilliant! This solves some space issues I have with the “everyone must have their own” theory of doing child care in my home.

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7 maryanne @ mama smiles October 1, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Very cool! I had no idea you could get chalkboard and white board contact paper!

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8 Jodi February 29, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Brilliant! I will definitely will be trying this idea! Love it!

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9 Joanna June 22, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Fantastic idea! Just made two of these for my girls using Papa Murphy’s Mini Murph’s boxes (8 inch boxes). They will be perfect for summer travel as they are small enough for the girls to use in the car as well as at our destination. Instead of the foam in lid idea, I used small foam paint brushes that you can buy at craft or hardware stores. Thanks for such a great idea and a way to reuse those pizza boxes!

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10 Jackie July 6, 2013 at 12:36 am

This is a great idea. I even have some unused small pizza boxes I can use for this. Thanks for sharing!

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11 Mike November 23, 2014 at 10:00 am

Might you not glue some felt to the back of your sponge eraser for the chalk board side?

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