Pizza Box Computer Screen Sunshade

Its always difficult to see a computer screen in bright daylight. Here in Florida, there are numerous pavilions with roofs over them and that helps a lot. Something extra is usually needed on a bright sunny day.  I had a pizza today and while I was waiting for it to come out of the oven at the Pizza shop, I asked the cook if I could buy a couple of extra boxes. I told her what they were for and she gladly gave them to me. The $4 tip didn’t hurt that situation I’m sure!


I'll make the next one prettier!

I’ll make the next one look prettier. 

I’m sure that I’m not the first one to come up with this idea. But here is my version of the Pizza Box Sunshade.

It is Relatively Dark Deep Inside the Sun Shade

The interior of the box is pretty dark. Note the clear packing tape holding the sunshade together.


Pizza Box Computer Sun Shade Back Side

I did this job by myself, so I didn’t have anyone to hold the box in place while I applied the tape.

Using ordinary paper staples was a mistake, they leave sharp places to stab your fingers with.


The Remnants of 3 Pizza Boxes Make Up This Sun Shade

Cheap and workable, the Sunshade should last a while. I’ll collect pizza boxes  to keep me supplied.

This pix was taken with a flash to show the interior of the Sun Shade


It took 3 Pizza boxes to make up this sunshade, and it was worth every bite of Pizza! 

I took this photo with a flash to show the interior of the sunshade.

73 de AA1IK

Ernest Gregoire

Ernest Gregoire, AA1IK, is a regular contributor to and writes from Florida, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “Pizza Box Computer Screen Sunshade”

  • Dave Gilliam K4DFG:

    Good Job Ernest. I am going to work on my shade tonight. I have some brown packing boxes that I am going to try. I may even try one out that I will pain black on the inside. Every little bit helps in the sun.


  • D. Lowery & AE7QL:

    Nice idea. Do the same thing to make flat HDTV antennas out of aluminum foil sheets I buy from the dollar store.

    Is there nothing old pizza boxes can do for this hobby/way of life?

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