How To: Make a Shoe-Box Guitar

Consider this old-fashioned geetar a much needed break from Rock Band.

(You might want to start saving the rubber band that wraps your daily newspaper, by the way.)




What You Need

  • Scissors and utility knife
    rubber bands
    tape (transparent
    or colored)
    gift wrap or decorative paper
    kraft paper
    kid-size shoe box
    paper-towel tube
    cardboard tube from a dry-cleaner hanger
    cut into two 4-inch p
Total time: 45 minutes
  1. Remove the box lid. Cover the box, lid, and paper-towel tube with the paper
    of your choice. Lay the tube on a table, positioning one end against the short side of the box and centering it along the bottom edge. Trace a circle around the tube. Draw 4 lines bisecting that circle (as if cutting a pie), then, with a utility knife, cut along the lines and through the box. Slide the tube through
    the bisected hole until it hits
    the other end of the box and secure it with tape.

  2. Cut an oval in the center of the lid, then put it on the box.

  3. Stretch 6 rubber bands lengthwise around the box.

  4. Slide the 2 dry-cleaner–tube pieces (decorated with tape or paper, if desired) under the rubber bands above and below the oval. Glue to secure. This
    will allow the “strings” to twang.
    (Cut chopsticks would work, too.)

  5. Screw the brads into the top of the cardboard-tube neck for the tuning pegs.

  6. Pick away with the bread-bag tag.