Pizza Box Solar Oven

Next time you order pizza, turn your empty box into the coolest science experiment your kids have ever seen!

As summer draws to a close and back to school is on the horizon, we are trying to think of awesome new activities and fun experiments to do with the kids. This pizza box solar oven is exactly the kind of thing that is perfect for getting kids excited about learning again.

When I was younger, I remember making these super cool pizza box ovens that were heated by the sun. We were able to bake some cookies or re-heat the leftover pizza inside of it.

Of course now I would NEVER try and bake cookies in it. And I recommend you don’t let your kids do it either. The risk of salmonella is way too great, and it’s just not a great idea.

This isn’t like a real oven. It’s more like a DIY Easy Bake Oven, where you expect things to take a lot longer and maybe not cook quite as well as a traditional one.

That said, I highly recommend giving it a go and letting the kids try their hands at their very own Pizza Box Solar Oven. They will have a ton of fun!


  • Empty pizza box
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Clear packing tape
  • Two plastic “bendy” straws


Set out your empty pizza box. Use the ruler and the pencil to measure out a square on the top, center of the box that is about 10” x 10”.

Cut out this square.

Line the inside bottom of the box with two layers of aluminum foil.

Cover the opening in the top of the box with plastic wrap. Use the tape to secure it.

Cover the square with aluminum foil and secure with the tape. Put a long strip of tape on one side of the square and attach it to the top of the box (see photos).

Take the two long ends of the straws and put one inside the other.

Use the tape to secure the bended ends of the straws

Take the solar oven outside on a sunny day and experiment with the temperature. You may be able to slowly cook something or at least melt some cheese on a piece of bread!

Personally I love making grilled cheese sandwiches in ours. It’s a good one for the kids as it doesn’t take that long for the butter to melt onto the bread and even brown a bit, and the cheese will melt fairly well if you use a nice soft American.

Want some other fun projects?

Milk Carton Bird Feeder
TV Viewing Stand for your Cell Phone
Make Your Own Cardboard Castle
Cute Cactus Pots


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Katie Reed

Katie Reed

Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

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