If you’re facing yet another snow day and running out of ideas, we’ve got you covered with this how-to for a fun DIY Children’s Faux Guitar. Use your old corrugated cardboard boxes from the holiday season to create a superstar instrument for a fraction of the cost — at least until your kids start asking for real guitar lessons.
Strumming On A Guitar
We’ve always advocated for recycling boxes, but we especially love this DIY. To start, cut a circular hole in the top of a rectangular or small square cardboard box (it’s OK to switch up the shape). If you need help, the bottom of a coffee mug is a pretty good size. Then, about an inch or two away from the circle you’ve just cut out, in line with the center of the hole, punch four tiny holes for the “strings” on each side (a small screwdriver will create the right size). Try to make them as even as possible — you can use a ruler if you need extra help.
Bling It Out
Next comes the customization. Look up images of your children’s favorite musicians and try letting the kids paint their guitars to match. Write your child’s name in puffy paint, glue on a few rhinestones or beads for a cool look. Just make sure not to cover any of the holes you’ve created. You can even paint the inside a different color, so it can really pop when they’re on stage!
Then, cut two cardboard strips (about an inch wide) that will eventually cover the four smaller holes. Make sure they cover all four holes on both sides, paint them in complementing colors and poke four holes through the strips, making sure they line up with the holes on the box lid. Next, grab four rubber bands — for a variety of sounds, use both thick and thin bands — and thread them through the holes on the small cardboard strips. Tie them tightly, put the strip with the rubber bands underneath the larger “mug” hole, and pull them across to create a guitar string. Then, tie the knots, and the body of your guitar is complete!
You can use an old paper towel roll to create the “neck” of the guitar — just decorate it and hot glue it to the body. You can draw on frets, or leave it as is. You’re ready to strum away and rock out!
Have a kiddo who’s not into air-guitaring the day away? No band is complete without a set of drums or back up singers. Use your imagination to create standing microphones and drum sets out of old boxes. The possibilities are endless.
No matter what your level of crafting or musical talent is, you can create something amazing from old custom product boxes.