School & Craft Supply Organization Hint #7: Use Pizza Boxes for Organizing
My mom owns a pizza shop, so I have a steady supply of pizza boxes available! I’ve found quite a few ways to put them to use.
Here are ten ideas:
1) Make a pizza box puzzle rack.
Cut the front side off your pizza boxes, stack them together, and tape them together with packing tape! You could probably also glue them, but I’m generally in a hurry and find tape easy to use (although probably not as cute)! Also, I turn my pizza boxes inside out, so the plain cardboard is showing. It’s much easier to decorate that way.
2) Use pizza boxes to make a drying rack for artwork.
Use the same technique above and just use the rack to place wet paintings or any other artwork that needs to dry.
3) Make a paper storage rack.
Again, use the same technique as above, but use the rack to store and sort construction paper, printer paper, note pads, doodle pads, etc.
4) Store busy bag activities.
Instead of using a plastic bag or box, use a pizza box to store them. A small pizza box works well for this! Decorate the outside with the name of the activity, and stack them on a bookshelf or in a closet.
5) Make an art or writing portfolio.
Use a large pizza box to save projects that might not fit in a binder. The kids love decorating these, and they stack nicely for storage. At the end of the year, you can weed through and save the best of the best from this box!
6) Create a writing center.
Fill a box with pencils, paper, dictionaries, envelopes, etc. and make a portable writing center.
7) Make a flannelgraph.
Cover the bottom of the box with felt. Store the pieces for the flannelgraph stories in the box (or boxes).
8) Store teaching supplies and themed materials in them.
Label the boxes by theme and store crafts and ideas in the boxes. This works especially well for storing crafts you’ve already made for models that won’t fit in a file folder. It also works well to store themed materials like erasers, templates, manipulatives, etc.
9) Store scrapbook supplies inside the box.
Scrapbook paper fits well inside a pizza box. You could also store rubber stamps, embellishments, paper cutters, etc.
10) Make a sewing kit or store quilting blocks/materials.
Do you have any ideas I’ve forgotten or missed? Feel free to leave them in the comments below!
Find more organization tips over at Ten Days of Organizing Your Craft and School Supplies post.