Make your own guitar at home with common household goods. Just follow the simple directions below. Make a music video or take a photo of your instrument and share it with us on social media @halefarm. Be sure to include the following hashtags with your post – #halefarmandvillage and #musicinthevalley.
Empty Tissue box (shoebox with lid or cereal boxes work too–just cut out a hole!)
4-5 rubber bands (best if different widths and colors)
2 wooden popsicle sticks (can use paint stirrers or nail files too!)
OPTIONAL: Long cardboard tube or roll, scissors & tape (IE a paper towel, foil or parchment paper roll)
OPTIONAL: markers, glitter & glue, colored paper or tapes to decorate your box and roll, if you use one.
Start by tearing out the plastic pieces in the tissue opening, then decorate your box however you wish. If you would like it to be more guitar-like, you will want to add the cardboard tube on one end. To do so, hold the tube in the center of one the shorter square ends of the box and trace around it. Cut out the circle, and fix the roll to the box with tape. Finish decorating as you like!
Once your box looks good to you and all paints or glues are dry you will need to add the rubber bands by stretching around the box, making sure they are evenly spaced over the opening of the box. To finish, slide the popsicle sticks under the rubber bands on either side of the opening. You can experiment with the placement and sizes of rubber bands or stack more or less popsicle sticks to increase or decrease the tension on the bands. Explore how the sound can change!
For more step by step instructions and some project inspiration pictures, check out this link: https://supersimple.com/article/homemade-guitar-craft/