How to Make a Guitar for a School Project

Updated February 21, 2017

Making a guitar can be a fun project for children. This type of project is especially appropriate for students in elementary school. By creating this type of instrument, children can learn about the science of sound as well as the features of stringed instruments. You can make a guitar with simple items that you probably already have around your home.

Remove the lid from an old shoebox. Cut a hole about 3 inches in diameter in the centre of the lid.

Return the lid to the box. Tape or glue it in place.

Decorate the box and lid with art supplies, such as paint, crayons and markers.

Stretch three to five rubber bands across the shoebox vertically so that they extend across the hole. Space them about one-fourth of an inch apart.

Insert a small pencil or a portion of a pencil beneath the rubber bands on one end of the hole. Apply a small amount of glue to make the pencil stay in place. This will serve as the "bridge" of the guitar.

Glue or tape a cardboard tube (like the ones in rolls of paper towels) to one end of the box to serve as an ornamental "neck."

Pluck the "strings" (rubber bands) with your fingers or a guitar pick to produce various sounds.


Experiment with rubber bands of varying sizes and thicknesses to achieve different pitches and tones.

Things You'll Need

  • Shoebox
  • Rubber bands
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard tube
  • Pencil
  • Crayons, markers or paint
  • Glue or tape
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Charlotte Johnson is a musician, teacher and writer with a master's degree in education. She has contributed to a variety of websites, specializing in health, education, the arts, home and garden, animals and parenting.