Music Crafts

Rubber Band Zither for Kids

Rubber band zither
Rubber band zither

Bet you didn't think you could make music from a box! You can with this rubber band zither. Play high and low notes with this homemade instrument.

What You'll Need:

  • Shoe box with lid
  • Scissors
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Craft glue
  • Rubber bands
  • Markers

Step 1: With an adult's help, cut a 4-inch-square hole in the lid of a shoe box.

Step 2: Cut two 1x4 1/2-inch pieces from the corrugated cardboard. Cut a zigzag edge on each piece, creating cardboard "combs."

Step 3: Glue one comb to one side of the square hole, and glue the other comb slightly angled from the square on the other side. Let the glue set overnight.

Step 4: Decorate the shoe box with markers.

Step 5: Stretch rubber bands from the teeth of one comb to the teeth of the other on the shoe box lid. Put the lid on the box. Pluck the rubber bands to play your zither.

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