DIY Homemade Sitar

Written by laurenkrotosky | 13/05/2017
DIY Homemade Sitar
You can turn a basic shoebox into a sitar. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

A sitar is a old-fashioned musical instrument from India that is similar to a guitar. A sitar is typically smaller than a guitar, with a wide body where the strings of the instrument are plucked. You can make a toy sitar at home using a few basic materials and tools, many of which you may already have on hand. This project can serve as an educational exercise for children learning about different musical instruments.

Find a shoebox to use and make sure it is empty. Take the top off the box and draw a long oval on the front, making the oval go to about 1 inch from each of the four edges.

Cut the oval out of the box top. Place a line of glue around the inner edge of the box top and place it onto the box. Lay the box down on a table until the glue dries.

Wrap five rubber bands around the box to make the strings of the sitar. Make sure each rubber band sits over a portion of the opening made from the cut-out oval.

Place a line of glue around one end of an empty paper towel roll and place it at the top of the shoebox to make the handle of the sitar. Hold it in place until the glue dries.


Paint the shoebox before putting the rubber bands on to add flair.

Tips and warnings

  • Paint the shoebox before putting the rubber bands on to add flair.

Things you need

  • Shoebox
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • 5 rubber bands
  • Paper towel roll

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