Tissue Box Guitar

Tissue Box Guitar

Create a guitar with your budding musician. Recycled items, such as a tissue box and paper towel roll, get you started.

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Tissue Box Guitar

Craft Features

Allow for Dry Time
You'll need to allow extra time for glue or paint to dry.
Parent Supervision Needed
This craft requires extra parent involvement and a watchful eye, because it may require sharp tools or intricate handiwork.

Developmental Skills

Make Music with Us
Music skills include: singing or playing instruments, dancing and moving, appreciating different styles of music, and understanding concepts like rhythm and dynamics.
Create with Us
Create with us skills involve self-expression, experimentation, and imagination through visual arts (like painting and sculpting), dramatic play, cooking, and dance.
Ages: 4-6

Materials

  • Newspapers
  • Rectangular tissue box
  • Paper towel roll
  • Pencil for tracing
  • Scissors
  • Glue (in a squeeze bottle)
  • Craft paint (or self-adhesive contact paper)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Rubber bands
Tip: Painting adds color. You can also add stickers to decorate the guitar.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    On a work surface covered with newspapers, place the tissue box short-side up with the tissue slot facing towards you. Stand the cardboard paper towel roll on top and trace around it. Cut out the traced circle and insert the tube into the hole. (Parents may want to do this part.) Glue the tube in place and let it dry completely.

  2. Step 2

    Your child can paint the guitar with craft paint (or help your child cover the box and tube with self-adhesive contact paper). Let the paint dry completely.

  3. Step 3

    Stretch several rubber bands lengthwise around the box and over the the tissue slot. (Tip: Rubber bands in assorted widths will produce different sounds.) Roll a pencil under the rubber bands on the side opposite the guitar's neck and your child is ready to play.

Tip: Keep your child's size in mind. For older kids, use a bigger box and longer cardboard tube.
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