The post we present to you today is particularly funny. It’s a perfect job to do with the little ones. It will help them expand their imaginations and start catching the crafting bug. We will show you how we can do instruments with recycled materials: Woods, boxes or whatever you can practically think of. We can almost guarantee that after this entry you will be able to form a small orchestra with your little ones. Very careful!
Instruments with recycled materials | Guitar
To make our little guitar from recyclable materials, we will need:
- Cardboard boxes.
- Elastic bands.
- Glue gun.
First, we need to draw our model. On the Internet you can find different stencils of a guitar. If you have a good hand, you can draw it yourself by making a cross on the cardboard with the proportions that any Spanish guitar keeps.
You can also use a real guitar that you have at home: in this case you will have the Perfect measurements. You will only have to review your outline on the paper to get the template of our guitar. We need to get a total of three equal models for our guitar.
Once we have the three models, we will join two of them with the silicone gun. In the other, we’re going to make a hole in the center, just like real guitars wear it. In what would be the part of the bridge (the lower part of the hole in our guitar where the strings are attached to the box), we are going to make a hole for each string. In this case, we are going to place only four strings, so we have to make four holes. We will use the punch to make the holes with greater precision.
As a bridge we will glue our piece of pencil. Before insert it just below the hole in the box, we are going to make a small groove to better adapt it to our cutter. This will be what makes the tensioner for the four strings. Likewise, we will stick it with silicone to achieve greater firmness.
It’s time to tie our ropes. After cutting the rubber bands to get some elastic cordsWe’re going to make four holes at the end of the neck, at the end of the guitar. Through this hole, we will pass our “ropes” and we will make a small knot at the other end. Where the knots are, it will be the back of our guitar.
After that, we will just have to pass the strings through the holes under the bridge, at the other end.
Instruments with recycled materials | Maracas
Another of our instruments with recycled materials will be the maracas. Making our own maracas is one of the easiest crafts we can do with our children. Nail caribbean themed birthday party This is a great opportunity to make some maracas for all of your guest friends. The task is very simple and the result is very good, let’s see it.
We will need:
- Plastic spoons
- The scissors
- Decorative jealousy
- Plastic egg
What we’re going to do is join one of the spoons to the other. The concavity of the first (where you take any liquid or food) will face the other. This way we will generate the space we need to introduce the material that will inside our maracas. To join them, it is easier to do it at the beginning from the bottom, that of the handle. Then we will go up little by little by joining without reaching the end with our adhesive tape. You need to leave enough space because our plastic egg will go inside. The plastic egg (i.e. what’s inside the Kinder eggs) will be what we fill with our pulses. The rice, the chickpeas of the little ones or the beans of those browns and dwarfs that we can find in any supermarket will be what will make our maracas ring.
We will fill with a little of each plastic egg. When our egg is between the two spoons, we will finish joining everything with the adhesive tape.
Instruments with recycled materials | Drums
To make these instruments with recycled materials, we can use all kinds of different materials. In addition, the more materials we use, the more sound contrast we will have. So, we can combine metal with plastic or paper to achieve different effects. Here, everything is a matter of imagination. We will also take different containers of different sizes. Cans of all kinds will do. Depending on the size, they will have one sound or another, so let’s take the time to see how they sound.
For saucers, any cover on a metal container will do. For example, from a tin of canned pineapple or peach, we can separate its lid and use it as a saucer. In the case of the box, we will use a small box, the same pineapple and peach box will work for us. For the larger drum, a lightly trimmed tomato (about half its size) will give us a very good sound.
We have to unite our different drums to have a real drummer. We can go there by sticking a little metallic structure with some wires or metal parts that we find. Another good alternative, although less resistant, is to make it with recycled wood. Anything that matches the size we want will do. The idea is to build a structure to contain each of the drums in the drums. Then we can join everything with electrical tape. And touch!
Instruments with recycled materials | Xylophone
Making a homemade xylophone is much easier than it looks. After all, the xylophone, like the drums, plays a lot with the size of the parts that make it up. Only if we get there between the different pieces that make it up, there are different sizes, we will have achieved a great variety of sounds. If you can’t think of something that could be the same size and diameter that we can use for our xylophone, we come to your rescue.
What we are going to use to make our xylophone is cardboard. The cardboard will be used for soundboard and for the pieces that we have to hit to make music. This is achieved by combining cardboard tubes of different sizes. For example, half the tube of a toilet roll, the next a little longer, and so on until you reach the longest: the one with the untrimmed paper towel roll.
We will pierce each tube and go through it with wire or thread to hold. We will join the two ends with the box and the echo it will produce with the sound, will make us have an excellent xylophone for the little ones.
If you want a more lucid option, you can use pieces of wood and fix them on a small wooden structure made with pencils. The idea is to make a small scaffolding and then place larger and larger wooden slats on it.
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