Although music is a very popular interest worldwide, it is often shut down by expensive music lessons or instruments. By making a cardboard model, it is easy to figure out whether or not you might be interested in further playing music, if something so simple gets you any results, and you are comfortable while playing.
Step 1: Get All the Materials
- Cardboard, at least 12'' x 36''
- Cup (similar to red solo cup)
- Strings, (ukulele strings or fishing line)
- Glue (preferably military grade/gorilla glue)
- Box cutter
Step 2: Draw/Cut Outline
Sketch the body about 12 inches long and 12 inches wide, and make it whatever shape you want to, then draw the handle about 2.5 inches wide and 20 inches long attached to the body. Attached to the handle is the head, which should be about 5 inches wide and 4 inches long. When you are satisfied with your outline, cut it out very roughly to have cardboard that is easy to work with. After the rough cutting, cut it exactly
Step 3: Cut a Circular Hole and Glue Cup
Use the cup's top part to draw the outline on the middle of the body, and cut it out with a box cutter to create a circular hole where you'll cup will fit in. Use sufficient strong glue to hold the cup in place, and let it dry (if it needs to) so you have an enclosed area to amplify the sound of the strings.
Step 4: Cut and Place the Bridge and Head
Cut a small 1/2 inch by 2 1/2 inch cardboard piece and place/glue it opposite to the handle, under the cup hole (on the side that doesn't have the cup sticking out), and then cut another piece with the same dimensions of the head, and glue it on top of the original head. These will serve as a lifter for the strings, so they aren't interfered by the cup or cardboard. If necessary, add support for the handle.
Step 5: Glue the Strings in Place
Glue up to 4 strings onto the bridge and head very tightly with an equal distance between them. Make sure to glue them as tightly as possible without them breaking.
Step 6: If Desired, Draw a Design!
Draw any design you'd like if you want to make it unique, yet it isn't necessary.