This guitar is an easy musical instrument for your child to make and play.


  • 1 Shoe box
  • 1 Cardboard roll ( i used 1 from a roll of paper towel)
  • 3 Elastic bands


  1. Draw a circle in one end of the shoe box for the cardboard role to fit in.
  2. Cut out the circle and cut verticle slits in one end of the cardboard roll.
  3. Paint shoe box and cardboard roll. Paint or draw a circle in the centre of the shoe box and wait for paint to dry.
  4. Insert roll into end of shoe box and fold back slits in roll and put 3 rubber bands around the shoe box.

Notes... My toddler helped make this. I only let her play it supervised in case she pulls the elastic bands off.

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  • mum4107
    • 15 Nov 2015
      6:27 am

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  • Fun to make and also something they can play with after making it. Brilliant!


  • Great activity. I think we have everything we need so will make them this afternoon


  • Aw man, I remember doing this when I was little


  • Love the rubber band guitar, makes wonderful music

    • It’s great making musical instruments


  • Nice idea to keep the kids busy. Thanks


  • I remember this from when I was little but we used to use tissue boxes.


  • My son loved his guitar until it got broken. A simple replacement for it maybe


  • Hours of fun, whilst making it and after when playing it! Great idea. :-)


  • A very creative craft idea,thanks!


  • Perfect for toddlers who are a bit over excitable – you can always make another one if it gets too loved!


  • recycling at its best and loads of fun too.


  • Wow what a great project. Looks like lots of fun. Thank you


  • Very creative and a great idea too. Thank you


  • What a great idea and the kids love making things they can play with


  • what a fun way to make a great kids toy


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