DIY Musical Instruments

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Using some basic craft supplies, and a little creativity and ingenuity, you can make your own instruments.

DIY DIGERIDOOS

Materials:

 Large mailing tubes
 Crayons/marker/paint

Directions:

  1. Decorate the tube to heart’s desire
  2. Blow/hum/whistle through the tube to
    make different sounds

DIY CHICKEN-IN-A-CUP

Materials:

 Plastic cup
 String
 Paper Clip
 Wet paper towel

Directions:

  1. Poke a hole in the top of the cupThread string through, letting a long
    length hang down.
  2. Tie the paper clip to the string at the top of the cup
  3. Rub the damp paper towel in short bursts down the string to make the noise

DIY KAZOOS

Materials:

 Paper towel or TP rolls
 Wax Paper
 Rubber Bands
 Crayons/markers

Directions:

  1. Color/decorate the tube
  2. Cover one end of the tube in wax paper
  3. Secure the wax paper with the rubber band
  4. Have an adult poke a few holes in the side of the tube
  5. Hum through the open side of the tube to make the wax paper vibrate

DIY SINGING STRAWS

Materials:

 Straws
 Tape
 Scissors
 Strong

Directions:

  1. Line up the straws (six or seven work great)
  2. Tape them together at the top
  3. Use scissors to cut them into different lengths
  4. Poke holes on the straws on the end
  5. and tie the string through to make a holder

DIY CEREAL BOX GUITAR

Materials:

 Cereal boxes
 Large rubber bands
 Scissors
 Glue sticks

Directions:

  1. Cut a circle towards the bottom of the
    cereal box
  2. Cut the circle in half
  3. Glue one half of the circle to the bottom of the hole (see picture)
  4. Stretch rubber bands around the box, lengthwise
  5. Pluck and strum away on your guitar!

DIY PAPER PLATE TAMBOURINES/SHAKERS

Materials:

 Paper plates
 Crayons/markers
 Stapler
 Beans/small beads
 Optional:
o Hole punch
o Ribbon
o Small bells

Directions:

  1. Decorate the plate with markers/crayons
  2. Fold plate in half
  3. Insert a few beans/small beads
  4. Staple the edges to seal
  5. OPTIONAL:
    a. Punch a few holes around the
    edge outside of the staples
    b. Tie a bell at each hole with the
    ribbon pieces

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