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Box Guitars

I remember making guitars out of boxes and rubber bands when I was a kid. But I can’t exactly remember if it was rubber bands or string or what, and how exactly we made them.

One day in the early stages of this pregnancy, when the kids were being pretty cranky, and I wasn’t feeling up to much, the idea came to me to make these with the kids.
I had two small boxes that I cut a rectangular-ish hole in. The kids helped pick out rubber bands and attempted to put them on the boxes, over the hole (I had to mostly do this for them). Then I added a strip of clear tape on each side just so we didn’t end up with random rubber bands around the house, it’s not necessary if you don’t mind the rubber bands coming back off.

If you wanted to, you could let your kids paint or draw on the boxes before you got started– or if you have older kids, they could mod-podge or make a collage on them first.

These didn’t turn out nearly as cool as I remember them…. isn’t it funny how perception changes as an adult? But to the kids, these are real guitars.

Little Man calls it his “zum, zum” and he’s usually the one “playing” the guitar while Miss Magoo sings. It’s hilarious. And he has to sing “zum, zum, zum” with every strum of the guitar. They both go up on the landing for the stairs and put on a concert, or they pretend they are in a marching band and go around and around the main floor of our house making a ruckus.

We made these some time during the spring, and the kids are still using them now, especially Little Man. Just today, he pulled his out and sang us a song.

Do you remember any great crafts from childhood that just weren’t as cool once you were an adult?

Check out Lucy’s post about making drums out of oatmeal cans.

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Saturday 5th of October 2013

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Scott J. Fox

Saturday 10th of August 2013

Oh wow you really made me remind my old days, I also did this things when i was child.... I think the usage of homemade musical instruments such as the cigar box guitar had a revival within the years of the great depression. Read More

Kasey @ Walking Redeemed

Wednesday 7th of August 2013

I did this as a kid, too, but I've never thought to do it with my own. Thanks for this awesome reminder!! And I think I saw that your little one has arrived...if I'm correct CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!