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How To Make a Guitar with Kids

| May 1, 2013 | 21 Comments

Musical InstrumentsWell… I say “how to make a guitar with kids” and a guitar we did make. But this is a musical instrument in the most generous sense – it DOES play different notes (we will try and explain the science behind it for you over on Life At The Zoo), but clearly this will not be an instrument you will learn to play music on. Interestingly, we do have a real kid’s guitar and we now have this toy guitar and Red Ted loves playing with both equally. THAT, is what I call a result!

Find this craft also on our German sister website: Gitarre Basteln

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Materials – a container (to help make the sound resonate), elastic bands of varying sizes and thickness, cardboard, a stick, beads (optional), tape and hot glue gun (you may get away without the hot glue gun, but just lots of tape).

It was really easy to make. I probably did most of it though (sorry), but the kids were involved in every step of the process and rather excited.

DIY Guitar for Kids

1) Wrap your elastic bands around your container and tape in place, so they don’t slide off whilst playing. Just to reiterate – the plastic container is a great way to help make those elastic bands REALLY resonate and make the guitar more musical.

Cardboard Guitar

2) Cut out a guitar shape from cardboard (we used the flap of a large box), including a hole for the strings.

Guitar Craft

3) Tape your container to the back of your cardboard. Then use a hot glue gun to help secure any remaining edges.

4) Glue your stick to your cardboard (or tape in place). We then added some pony beads as “tuners” to the guitar and glued in place with the hot glue gun.

Kids Guitar Craft

And finished.. can you believe it?

Kids Cardboard Guitar

Cardboard Guitar Craft

Later… our white guitar cardboard proved irresistible and the kids started colouring it in!

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  1. Liz Burton says:

    Your guitar is SO cool!

  2. Brilliant. It has been added to our to do list. Handmade Rock Band is real

  3. Bella says:

    That’s so clever. Love how kids can decorate the guitar and personalize it!

  4. This is fantastic Maggy. I love the colourful pony bead tuners and the fact that Pip Squeak and Red Ted added their own finishing touches!

    • Red Ted Art says:

      Yes, it looked like a white canvas screaming to be coloured in!! I think it may be an ongoing process too!

  5. Those are such fabulous photos! I love it!

  6. Looks like a lot of fun! Love that the kids did a bit of decorating :)

    • Red Ted Art says:

      Yes, I think they were rather “surprised” that they were allowed to draw “anything”!

  7. Galia says:

    Such a great idea, can’t wait to do with my childrem (:
    love your blog!

  8. Rachel says:

    Maggy, this is so much fun!!! And I have to say, your kids get cuter and cuter as they grow… my goodness!!! Thanks for sharing at For the Kids Fridays! I’m featuring this post at this week’s party!!

  9. I have yet another thing to add to our MUST make list now. This is fantastic.

    Thank you for linking up to Tuesday Tots – just to let you know that I will be featuring this over on Rainy Day Mum this week.

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