Although it may seem daunting, it isn't hard to figure out just how to make homemade musical instruments. In fact, homemade musical instruments have been created in kindergarten classes the world over, encouraging both creativity and fun in children. For the purposes of this instructional article, the musical instruments we will focus on are a homemade drum, tambourine and guitar. Get ready for some fun!
To make homemade musical instruments, you will need:
- A shoe box
- Rubber bands
- A ruler
- Glue (optional)
- A circle-shaped gift box
- Pencils (at least two)
- Construction paper
- Two paper plates
- A single-hole punch
- A stapler
- Start with the drums; cut the top off of the circle-shaped box. Use your scissors for this step. Make sure the box is sturdy enough to be wrapped around by a rubber band.
- Place the construction paper on top of the drum, then wrap it. Use the rubber bands to surround the paper on top of the "no-top" gift box. Congrats! You now have a drum. Let's get some drumsticks while we're at it.
- Wrap some yarn around two pencils. Ta-da! We've made drum sticks to work quite well with your new homemade musical instruments (specifically that shiny new gift box drum of yours). The yarn should be coarse enough to form "balls" around the pencils.
- Next is the tambourine; staple two paper plates together. This will, in essence, create the tambourines' body by putting two opposite circular objects together. In your case, we're using two paper plates.
- Punch holes through the edges of the plates. Use that handy-dandy hole punch of yours to make a series of circular holes around the tambourine. These will be used for the jingling bells.
- Tie your bells onto the holes with some string. Simple enough. Make sure your bells are the average "run of the mill" jingle bells that will allow you to rope some yarn through them. Proceed to evenly tie the bells to each of the holes. Congrats, your tambourine is now finished.
- Last up is the guitar; attach a ruler to the end of a shoe box. Your box should have its cover removed for musical purposes. Now, when you make homemade musical instruments of this kind, it is important to have something to hold to two pieces together. That is why we recommend using glue.
- Wrap the rubber bands around the guitar. That's about it. Of course, glue can once again come in handy to attach the rubber bands to the top of the ruler and bottom of the shoe box.
- Jam out! Ready? Go! Have a friend play the guitar, another on the drums, and take that tambourine all for yourself. Get a recorder and go on a tour around the house. Who knows? You might just get famous around the neighborhood.
The whole point of learning to make homemade musical instruments is to have fun, right? So don't follow these rules to a "T" if you feel it can be done better some other way. Of course, having a few friends along with your homemade musical instruments will surely enhance the fun. Also, don't forget to inform the people around the house whose things you will take to make homemade musical instruments of your plans beforehand.