Instructions to Making a Ukulele Case

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Instructions to Making a Ukulele Case
The ukulele's unique sound is used in a variety of musical ensembles. (tuning the ukulele image by Shirley Hirst from

The ukulele is a Hawaiian instrument that has been used throughout the world since its development in 1880. The design of the instrument is modelled off of two Portuguese stringed instruments, the rajão and the cavaquinho. The ukulele's small physical stature allows it to be transported easily. Although a number of manufacturers produce ukulele cases, inspired craftsmen can build their own instrument cases. By following a few simple steps, you can quickly build your own unique ukulele case.

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Things you need

  • Plastic bin
  • Poly foam
  • Bungee cord
  • Carrying handle
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Super glue

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  1. 1

    Purchase a plastic bin and lid that is large enough to hold your ukulele. Ensure that there is enough room to secure poly foam to all sides of the bin.

  2. 2

    Cut one piece of poly foam to the dimensions of the bottom side of the plastic bin. Lay the ukulele onto the poly foam and trace an outline of the instrument. Cut additional pieces of poly foam that are fitted to the outline of the ukulele.

  3. 3

    Glue the first poly foam segment you created into the bottom of the plastic bin. Ensure that the foam is thick enough to protect the ukulele from the plastic.

  4. 4

    Glue the remaining pieces of shaped poly foam into their respective positions on the foam base, ensuring that the assembled pieces create an outline of the ukulele.

  5. 5

    Cut a thin piece of foam to the dimensions of the lid and glue it to the backside of the plastic top. Mount the carrying handle to the top of the case using the screwdriver and appropriately sized screws.

  6. 6

    Place the ukulele inside the case and close the lid, ensuring that the ukulele is not subject to downward pressure from the lid. Tie the bungee cord around the case in order to firmly seal your product.

Tips and warnings

  • Consider leaving enough space between the top of the ukulele and the foam to carry additional strings and cleaning cloths.
  • The potential for damage is significantly increased when transporting an instrument on an aeroplane. If you are unable to bring your ukulele case on board, it is recommended that you purchase a reinforced flight case to shield your instrument from impacts and collisions.

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