7 Easy Steps to Building a Rubber Band Guitar

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7 Easy Steps to Building a Rubber Band Guitar

Have you ever wanted to make a musical instrument? If you’re looking for an activity for you and your kids, there’s nothing like making a little noise with your very own rubber band guitar! It requires only a few supplies and a little imagine! There’s a variety of different types of rubber band guitars that you can make, below are a few tips and a few options.

What Supplies Will You Need?

• One tissue box (or shoe box)
• Paper towel tube
• Rubber bands (different sizes)
• Unsharpened pencil
• Push pins

How Will You Build the Guitar?

Step 1: Cut a smooth hole in the lid of the box. Keep in mind, the smoother the hole in the box guitar, the better it will look and sound. Don’t forget, that you can decorate your box however you like!

Step 2: Insert push pins about 2 inches from the bottom of the sound hole in the shoe box lid. There should be at least 4 strings on the shoe box guitar, but no more than 6.

Step 3: Attach one end of each rubber band to the push pins by tying them. Attach the largest, thickest rubber band to the nearest side of the push pins. Continue attaching the rubber bands, from the thickest to the smallest (just like a real guitar!).

Step 4: Make enough holes on the other end of the sound hole for the loose ends of the rubber bands to fit into. Tie these in place.

Step 5: Slide an unsharpened pencil underneath the tied end of the rubber bands to keep the rubber bands from touching the sound hole and to enhance the sound quality.

Step 6: Tape the shoe box lid to the bottom of the box.

Step 7: Create a handhold by inserting a paper towel tube into the top of the box. Obviously, cutting a hole on the top of the box to be able to slide the tube inside.

It’s really just that easy! If you’d like to learn alternative ways to making a rubber band guitar, check out some of these other resources:

How to make a Rubber Band Guitar

Make a Guitar Box (video)

The Ultimate Shoebox Guitar

Now you’re all set to start your own band! What does your rubber band guitar sound like?

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    • Have your child’s feet measured on a regular basis at a shoe store that specializes in children’s shoes. Kids grow fast, and shoe sizes can change from month to month.

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