Today we started by playing with the cardboard tubes we’ve been gathering - foil tubes, cling wrap tubes, toilet paper tubes, postal tubes, paper towel tubes. Each varied in size and thickness so we lined them up and all of a sudden, what was previously packaging waste now turned into a musical instrument – a xylophone.
Step 1: Saw
For this project you will need a fruit box, paper tubes, elestic bands and Makedo Re-pins and Reclips. To begin, cut your paper tubes to descending lengths using the Makedo Safe-saw.
Step 2: Saw
We have sourced different sized paper tubes such as a postal tube and a paper towel tubes. You can also use just a simple household paper towel tube cut at different lengths to make this Xylophone.
Step 3: Punch
Use the point end of the Makedo saw and punch two holes on the paper tubes. These holes will be where you connect it to the box base.
Step 4: Punch
For the base of the Xylophone, punch two holes on either side of the box.
Step 5: Connect
Connect two Makedo Re-pins and Re-clips to the already punched holes. This will hold the elastic to make the Xylophone bridge for the tubes.
Step 6: Stretch
Use the elastic bands and stretch them from one side of the box to the other and secure it over the Makedo Re-pins. If your elastic bands are not long enough, lengthen it by adding another elastic and Makedo Re-pin and Re-clip as shown in the image.
Step 7: Connect
Place a Makedo Re-pin to the holes of the tubes and connect it to the elastic bridge with a Re-clip. Place the tubes in Descending order and ensure there is spacing between each tube.
Step 8: Complete
Your Xylophone is complete. Find Sticks to hit the tubes and start a symphonic tune with your Makedo instrument. We would love to see your creation so remember to post it at mymakedo.com.