Shoe Box Guitar Craft

How to make a musical instrument using a shoe box

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Toy instruments are a great way to get children interested in music without spending a lot of money on a pricey instrument. This fun guitar would make a wonderful addition to a homemade band. It's a great craft for children ages six and up. It takes about half an hour to make, not counting paint drying time. This tutorial will teach you how to construct it using a shoe box, a paper towel roll, and a few other supplies you probably already have around the house.

Materials Needed

Instructions for Making a Shoe Box Guitar

  1. Start out by painting the shoe box and the lid whatever color you want the guitar to be. You can also paint the paper towel roll and craft sticks. Let the paint dry. Painting the guitar is optional; you can keep the shoe box and paper towel roll whatever color they are ​if you prefer.
  2. Cut a circle in the center of the box lid and then put the lid on the box. Glue four craft sticks, one on top of the other, between the hole and the short side of the box. These sticks should be parallel to the short side of the shoe box.
  3. Glue two of the craft sticks onto the paper towel roll near one end. These sticks should be perpendicular to the paper towel roll. Leave about an inch of space between the two sticks. Let the glue dry.
  4. Stretch four to six rubber bands around the box the long way, so they lay over the craft sticks and also over the hole. Glue the end of the paper towel roll without the craft sticks onto the side of the guitar. It is okay for the paper towel roll to cover the rubber bands. Let the glue dry.
  5. You can now play your shoe box guitar. To play this fancy guitar, you simply pluck or strum the rubber bands. Make sure your rubber bands are large enough to stretch around the box without too much strain on the bands. Rubber bands that are too tight are more likely to snap.