Older children and teens often still enjoy crafting, but captivating projects seem increasingly difficult to find. Stringed instruments are popular projects for crafters of all ages, and a DIY harp is easy for adolescents to build without supervision. Parents need only to drill the string holes. More than a toy, the harp can be tuned for playing. Once sanded and varnished, this miniature instrument is a hand crafted treasure your children will be proud to display.
Make the harp's frame by drilling three to seven equidistant holes through the narrow edges of the hanger toward its centre, between the curve of the neck and the bend at the end of the arms. Ensure the holes line up vertically from one arm to the other.
The harp's tuning tool will be the hanger's hook. Remove the hook and set it aside. Sand the harp frame so it is free of varnish and splinters. Paint the frame with wood stain and rub off the excess with a rag. Paint on wood varnish or sealant and allow to dry thoroughly.
Cut one 24-inch length of nylon fishing line per hole in the right arm of the harp frame. Thread a length of fishing line through a craft bead and tie it off with double knots to secure it to the bead. Repeat with each length of line.
Thread a length of line through a hole on the left arm, across the frame and through the corresponding hole in the right arm. Tie it to an eye hook. Leave approximately a 1/2 inch of give and double knot it to ensure it is secure.
Screw the eye hooks into the holes in the harp's left arm to form the tuners. When it becomes increasingly difficult to turn the tuners, slip the hanger hook through each eye hook, with its ends up like a horseshoe, to provide leverage.
Tune the harp. The longest three harp strings are tuned to C, E and G.
This DIY harp is adaptable to younger children. Skip the wood stain. Provide and assortment of decorations, like paint, glitter, and stickers, for the little ones to personalise their instruments.
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- This DIY harp is adaptable to younger children. Skip the wood stain. Provide and assortment of decorations, like paint, glitter, and stickers, for the little ones to personalise their instruments.