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Make a toy guitar out of recycled materials

Here’s a fun music craft project your preschooler can play with when the craft is finished. Make a guitar (or bango, violin, etc.) out of recycled cracker boxes and cardboard tubes. Your preschooler can help put the entire piece together and then strum a little tune to finish off the show.

Recycled box guitar craft

Recycled box guitar craft

Materials you will need:

  • Cardbord box
  • Cardboard tube
  • Rubber bands
  • Duct tape

toy guitar materials needed

How to make a toy guitar:

cut holes in cardboard box
Cut holes in cardboard box
Insert tube in top of box and duct tape in place
Insert tube in top of box and duct tape in place
cut top of tube

cut top of tube

attach rubberbands from tube top to box bottom and tape in place

attach rubberbands from tube top to box bottom and tape in place

tape rubberbands in place at top of tube

tape rubberbands in place at top of tube

enjoy your toy guitar

Enjoy your toy guitar

You could make a variety of different instruments using these simple materials. If you’d like, paint the cardboard before assembling your guitar or decorate with other embellishments like glitter or even hand drawn art. Try making recycled box guitars of different sizes using different types of boxes and compare the sounds they make.

Have fun!

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2 Responses to “Make a toy guitar out of recycled materials”

  1. angel says:

    I have short rubber bands!

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