This project came about for two main reasons;
  1. I had cardboard left over from my Clone Trooper project, and
  2. I saw the fantastic job eplunkett did of creating a Playable Cardboard Ukulele using just corrugated cardboard.
I had boxboard, which is pretty good quality cardboard. Therefore, I thought, why not attempt to make a playable Ukulele too.

The dimensions for my Ukulele were attained using eplunkett's templates. However, I've added a few extra pieces to achieve what I was aiming for.

Materials required:
  • Approximately six sheets A4 cardboard sheet. I used 1800gsm boxboard
  • PVA glue
  • 8mm dowelling (appropriately 60mm in length)
  • 6mm dowelling (appropriately 40mm in length)
  • 14 toothpicks
  • Four pieces of hardwood (50 x 20 x 6mm)
  • Timber for bushes (each bush is 20 x 12mm)
  • Ukulele strings
When I get the time, I'm going to give it a decent paint finish and then gift it to someone; I'll post a photo upon completion.

Step 1: Step 1

Cut out your Ukulele pieces from templates provided.

I really like this design. Where did you get all of your cardboard though?
Thx D_ROBO. The cardboard was donated by a friend. However, boxboard can be purchased online or through most stationary stores.
<p>Hi,</p><p>So I'm having quite a bit of trouble trying to find boxboard. Is chipboard a good substitute?</p>
<p>can playing?</p>
<p>Very nice instructable, I've followed it few years ago and I never think to post a picture of mine ! So this is done, instructions are very clear. Nice project ! </p>
<p>Hello !</p><p>Is this yukulele sound great ?</p>
Is this bridge and saddle effective? Mine is kinda flying off. I tried screwing but cardboard won't screw well
<p>That is why I extended the strings through to the back of the ukulele and anchored them their, this takes the strain off the saddle.</p>
<p>That is why I extended the strings through to the back of the ukulele and anchored them their, this takes the strain off the saddle.</p>
How many cutouts did u use for the neck?
<p>It all depends on the thickness of the cardboard you are using. refer to template link.</p>
where can you buy timber bushes? I've been searching online and I don't know where to purchase them. Please reply ASAP because I need to make a ukulele for my Physics project. Thank you!
Hi Sarah. Not sure where you'd buy them, I made my own using a drill press and holesaw. Failing that you could try the links below;<br><br>http://www.craftparts.com/<br><br>http://www.americanwoodcrafterssupply.com/wooden-products/wheels-axle-pegs.htm
Hi, i think its just me (i'm new to this), but where is the template please? <br>This is AWESOME!!
oew it's nice would like to try this myself
Hi gempje. be sure to post your results when completed. all the best
there's no 'I' element in the templates :c
so how does it sound?
were is the template <br>
Can we hear it being played?
As soon as I can purchase strings, I'll get something posted. I'll have to find a Ukulelinist (is that the word) as I don't play.

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