How to Make a Guitar Out of Household Goods

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Making a guitar out of objects that you probably have lying around your house is a fun project to tackle. Participating in this project can help children to learn about the science of sound, instrument families and the properties of individual instruments. Using household goods is a cheap way to approach this task. You only need a few items and a little time and effort to make your very own homemade guitar craft.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Shoebox
  • Drinking glass
  • Pencil
  • Sissors
  • Tape or glue
  • Rubber bands
  • Paper towel tube
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Stickers

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  1. 1

    Cut a hole out of the centre of the lid of a shoebox. You can trace the bottom of a drinking glass if you want a nicely shaped hole that is a good size for this project.

  2. 2

    Tape or glue the lid to the shoebox.

  3. 3

    Stretch six rubber bands (or less, depending on the size of your box and hole) around the shoebox vertically so that they stretch over the hole.

  4. 4

    Place a small pencil (or break a larger one into a piece about three inches long) underneath the rubber bands, one about an inch or two above the hole and the other near the bottom of the shoebox.

  5. 5

    Glue or tape a paper towel tube to the other end of the shoebox. This will serve as a decorative "neck."

  6. 6

    Decorate your guitar with crayons, markers, stickers or other art materials.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment with rubber bands of various lengths and thicknesses to produce different sounds with your guitar.

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