Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Cereal Box Guitar

So it's been averaging about 115 degrees outside this week! Too hot to go outside and play... So we've been doing some new activities and crafts inside to keep Hudson entertained. I was inspired by the very cute cereal box guitars Melissa over at Frakers Acres made. You can find them here. This morning we made a guitar from an empty cereal box and a few other supplies. Here is what you'll need:

  • empty cereal box
  • paper towel roll or wrapping paper roll cut in half
  • rubber bands or we used silly bands (it's all I could find!)
  • scissors or a craft knife works even better
  • masking tape
  • stickers or whatever you want to have you child decorate their guitar with

First tape the top of your box closed. Now trace a circle in the middle of the cereal box, I used the masking tape roll to make my circle. Cut out the circle; if you have a craft knife it will be much easier then using scissors.
Use the craft knife to now cut an "x" shape at the center of the top of the box. Make sure it is large enough to push the paper towel roll through, but not so big that it falls right through. Now push the paper towel roll through the "x" that you cut. Make four small cuts at the end of the roll, like the picture above. Place tape over it and push it back up to the top of the box. Secure with extra tape inside and on top.

Your box should now look something like this at the top. Now you can add your rubber bands. However, I could only find one rubber band in our house... So we used silly bands for the other strings.

Have your child decorate the box with stickers, markers, paint, or anything else they might like to put on it. This can also be done at the very beginning. Now you can sit back and let your little one entertain you!

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