Step 1: Materials and Tools
- shiny new box of pencils
- card stock or thin cardboard. I reused a cereal box (because reusing is better than recycling)
- glue or tape
- knife or scissors (or the Epilog laser cutter you win for making an Instructable that recycles old cereal boxes)
- straight edge
- pen or pencil to mark the cut and fold lines
Step 2: Cut Diagram
Don't forget to leave an extra tab on the side for gluing it closed!
The pencil box itself will be cut to fold back and form the easel stand. The position of the cut dictates the angle of the easel. A higher cut means the easel will lay back farther.
The last photo shows the final layout. Cut along the solid lines, discarding (responsibly!) the sections marked with Xs.
Step 3: Know When to Fold 'em.
Fold the box up and glue it shut.
Step 4: Take a Stand
Open up the bottom of the pencil box, and either cut those flaps off, or tuck them inside. Now we have two five-sided boxes - one missing a bottom, the other missing a top.
Load the pencils into your new box, and slide the whole thing into the bottom of the original box.
To set up the easel, slide the new box down until the slit in the pencil box clears the pencils, fold the stand over backwards, and slide the new box back up.