How to Build a Violin Case

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Things You'll Need

  • 3 foot by 1 foot by 1 foot foam block
  • Hot-wire
  • Spoon
  • Soft fabric
  • Canvas
  • Staple gun
  • Scissors
  • Leather belt
  • Pen

A violin should always be transported inside of a case so that it is not damaged during transit. If you find yourself without a violin case, a new one can be purchased for a fairly low price. If you absolutely cannot find a store to purchase a case from, however, one can be made from home with a few simple materials and 20 minutes to spare.

Build a Violin Case

Use the hot-wire to cut the foam block in half vertically, leaving you with two 3 foot by 1 foot by 1/2 foot pieces of foam.

Trace the shape of the violin with the pen on one half of the foam and carve the shape out with the spoon. Carve 2 inches deep and the violin should fit neatly in the cut out.

Trace the shape of the bow on the other half of the foam block and carve out the shape, 1 inch deep. The bow should now neatly fit inside of the carved slot.

Place both pieces of foam side by side with the cut out side facing upward.

Use the staple gun to line both pieces of foam simultaneously. The soft fabric should not be cut in between the separate halves of the foam. Use the scissors to cut away any excess fabric.

Fold the half of the case that holds the bow on top of the half that holds the violin.

Use the staple gun to cover the case in the canvas fabric. The canvas should only join the two halves together at the hinge point on the back end of the case so that it still allows the case to open. Cut away any excess canvas with the scissors.

Place the violin and bow inside of the case and close it. Wrap the leather belt around the center and fasten it so that the case does not open.


  • This case can be made more elaborate with the addition of a zipper to close shut the exterior canvas.

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