How to Make Musical Instruments for Kids

Cardboard Guitar Craft

Rock out like a guitar hero!
Rock out like a guitar hero!
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This fun cardboard guitar can make pretending fun. It's like playing air guitar -- with a little more than air to wrap your fingers around. Try this cardboard guitar craft and watch kids pretend to be their favorite rock stars -- or form their own "air band!"

What You'll Need:

  • Cardboard appliance box
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tempera paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Metallic felt-tip marker
  • Straight pin
  • Fishing line
  • Duct tape

Step 1: Draw a life-size guitar on the long end of an appliance box. You can make an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar shape.

Step 2: Trace around the neck of the guitar on cardboard to make another neck; make this one a bit longer than the original.

Step 3: Cut both pieces out, and glue the second neck to the back of the first neck. This will reinforce your guitar so you can strum wildly! If you've made an acoustic guitar, cut out a hole in the body of the guitar, so it looks like a real guitar.

Step 4: Paint your guitar however you'd like. You can add your band's name, logo, or whatever you want. Try some psychedelic colors!

Step 5: When the paint is dry, draw frets (the lines along the neck of the guitar) with the metallic felt-tip marker.

Step 6: With a straight pin, make four small holes for an electric guitar or six small holes for an acoustic guitar along the top of the neck and four or six holes at the bottom third of the body of the guitar.

Step 7: Measure the length from the top holes to the bottom holes, and add four inches.

Step 8: Cut four or six pieces of fishing line that length. Thread a piece of fishing line through the front of a top hole, and tape the line down on the back of the guitar with duct tape; repeat for the bottom hole. Do the same with the other holes and other pieces of line.

Now your kids are ready to jam -- turn on the radio and watch them play along!

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