How to String a Guitar Made from a Cardboard Box

Learn how to make a guitar from a cardboard box in the second video of a two-part Howcast series with Music Moves Me.

This is part two on how to make a box guitar.

It sounds like a scary monster. So, now that we’ve decorated our box – I decorated in my funky town band poster, my favorite poster – we’re going to pick out some rubber bands. I like a little bit of a thicker rubber band, but you might want to experiment with different thicknesses and sizes. You can put the rubber bands horizontally or vertically depending on what you’re looking for. They might have different sounds, so go ahead and experiment with them.

I think your kids will have a lot of fun playing this guitar. It’s super fun. It’s playful. Kids love guitar. You can decorate your box with glitter, or a funky poster, maybe some cool newspaper, wrapping paper. Use all the options that you want.

Now that I’ve put the rubber bands on already, that sounds good, right? That sounds good, but I think that what we’re going to do is we’re going to take two pencils and use them to do bridges of the guitar. That’s going to give it a little bit more of a tighter sound. So, I’m going to stick the pencil on one side, just like that. Then I’m going to put it on the other side. If the strings get caught just make sure that they aren’t twisted.

Now we’ve got our funky town guitar. I think I want to jam out some songs on this one. What do you think, Johnny? You want to come up and play some songs?

Oh, you got a guitar there. It sounds pretty good.

Right. I’ve been working on the railroad all the live long day.