Music is said to be the 'food of the soul'. However, not everyone has the capability to buy expensive musical instruments from the market. In such a case, homemade musical instruments come to your rescue. Children and teenagers are among the most enthusiastic people who involve themselves in making musical instruments at home and school. Such instruments are inexpensive and very easy to make. Recyclable materials, such as trash can, shoe box and paper plates, are the basic supplies needed to make some of the basic musical instruments, producing a variety of sounds. If you want to learn how to make musical instruments at home, the steps provided below will come to your rescue.
Homemade Musical Instruments
- 2 Paper Plates
- Craft Glue
- Punching Machine
- Jingle Bells
- Paint and Brush
- Paint the paper plates, with the right side down.
- Glue the paper plates in such a way that they face each other.
- Punch holes around the plate.
- Tie jingle bells on the holes with the help of ribbons.
Trash Can Drum
- Small Trash Can
- Canvas Sheet
- 2 Wooden Spoons
- Duct tape
- Spray Bottle Filled With Water
- Measure the diameter of the trash can.
- Cut a square of the canvas exactly four inches more than the diameter of the can.
- Place the square of canvas across the top of the can, in such a way that the edges of the canvas sheet hang evenly over the rim of the can.
- Attach the corners of the canvas to the can, using tape. Tape the loose edges down, so that the drumhead becomes tight.
- In order to tighten the drumhead further and reinforce the drum, tie a string below the can’s rim and spray the canvas with water. Allow it to dry completely.
- Create a shoulder loop by tying ends of the rope together.
- Your trash can drum is ready! Use wooden spoons or your hands to play a tune.
- Rubber Bands
- Using scissors; cut a hole (about 4 inches) in the top portion of the shoe box.
- Tie the rubber bands around the box, by stretching them over the hole. Make use of different-sized rubber bands so that different notes are produced by each of them.
- Keep a pencil across the box on the side of the hole, so that it supports all the rubber bands. This way, the rubber bands will not touch the edges of the hole and good sound quality will be produced.
- Decorate the guitar using sequins. Glue on ribbons to enhance the look of your shoebox guitar.