Make a Rainy Day Tissue Box Guitar! - Great for Kids

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I'm going to show you how to make a guitar with your kids out of a tissue box, paper towel roll and some rubber bands! My mom and I used to make these all the time when I was little - They're really fun!

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Step 1: Tools & Supplies

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The stuff that you need is pretty simple...

Empty tissue box (the long kind)
Empty Paper Towel Roll
3 Rubber bands (You may want another in case one snaps)
Something to cut with
A kid ready to have fun! (The inner kid in you works too :D)

Step 2: Cut off the Cellophane

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Cut around the edge of the opening to get out the plastic that the tissues come through. This will make it easer to strum.

Note - If you're doing this with a small child, make sure you do all of the steps that require use of the knife/scissors.

Step 3: Cut hole for the neck

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Now you're going to be making a hole in the box for the neck/paper towel roll. Go to one of the small sides of he box, and put your paper towel roll on top. Use your marker to trace around the roll, and then cut out the circle.

Step 4: Insert the Neck

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Now, just insert the neck into the hole about 2 inches. If there is much space around the neck, and it doesn't stay well, stick tape around it to help stop it from sliding.

Step 5: Add the strings

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Now you can add the strings, just put a rubber band around the box, one on each side of the neck. You can also put one straight in the middle by cutting halfway through the neck right at the base, sliding a rubber band into the slit, and taping over the where you cut. (You can go ahead and play it now)
Gage9875 years ago
wrapping paper tubes they are long enough to go all the way through and still stick out.
jakee1177 years ago
heh I saw this on blues clues when I was like 6 but it is still so AWESOME!!!!
X_D_3_M_17 years ago
these osudned wierd. made em when i waas 6
Danny7 years ago
ha the irony rainy day you say?
Weissensteinburg (author)  Danny7 years ago
Where's the irony?
its blazing sunshine outside
Weissensteinburg (author)  Danny7 years ago
ohhhh..but now I can play while it's raining.
i remember making this at primary good times
I love your project; the stickers add a nice touch, too!
Weissensteinburg (author)  Always Dance8 years ago
Thanks :D They're left from the most recent "Birthday Crown" my Mom has made. Maybe I should have an instructable on those too :P
evy-wevy8 years ago
is this entered in the popular science contest? It is the epitome of recycled, i'm sure you will do well...
Weissensteinburg (author)  evy-wevy8 years ago
Actually - It is - Thanks for noticing!
lemonie8 years ago
Weissensteinburg (author)  lemonie8 years ago
Does that mean you like it? :D
Yes, I do. I was thinking of bridges and differing gauges of rubber-bands, but I see how this could so easily keep kids (or adults) amused. Having hacksawed coconuts, this is something I really should have thought of. L
Weissensteinburg (author)  lemonie8 years ago
I think ill add both of those ideas to the instructable...tomorrow - Thanks. I had thought about the different types of rubber bands. but never thought of making a bridge.
Cancel that - I decided to do it now. I added another step showing your ideas and one of my own. I also added a sound clip in the intro of how it sounds.