Rubber Band Guitar

Fourth Grade Recycled Crafts Activities: Rubber Band Guitar

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Before your fourth grader rocks the stage with an electric guitar and a sea of adoring fans, let him practice his rock star moves on a homemade rubber band guitar! Using recycled materials and a handful of art supplies, he'll be ready to rock out in your own living room.

What You Need:

  • Shoe box with lid
  • Tempera paint
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Large rubber bands
  • Black permanent marker
  • Pencil
  • Coffee cup
  • Glitter (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Take the lid off of the shoe box. Carefully cut the corners of the shoe box lid so that the cardboard material is completely flat.
  2. Place your flat lid back on the shoe box. Fold the long sides of the lid down against the sides of the shoe box. Staple them into place.
  3. Fold the short sides toward the ceiling. Curl the material to make it as sturdy as possible.
  4. Place a coffee cup upside down on the shoe box lid. Make sure the cup is about 1/3rd up from the bottom of the shoe box. Trace around it with a pencil.
  5. Cut out the traced hole with a pair of scissors.
  6. Draw out the body of the guitar on the lid of shoe box, incorporating the hole you just cut out. If you need a reminder of all those little details, check out this informative guitar worksheet.
  7. Use paint to decorate your guitar! Add glitter for a glam-rocker vibe.
  8. Carefully stretch rubber bands over the shoe box. You may have to experiment with rubber band sizes. You want the bands to fit snuggly over the box without being so tight that they break or so loose that they can't be strummed.
  9. It's rock 'n' roll time! Start a band with your friends and set up a concert for your family members.




Updated on Aug 17, 2012
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