How to Make a Guitar From Recyclables

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Get creative when it comes to putting your trash to use. Going "Green" means finding new ways to use old things. Save your old containers and boxes and do enriching craft projects with your children. Collect empty cereal boxes, cardboard paper towel rolls and used rubber bands to make a guitar that the kids will enjoy.

Make a Guitar From Recyclables
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Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Assortment Of 6 Rubber Bands
  • Paper Towel Roll
  • Cereal Box
  • Non-Toxic Paints And Brush
  • Glue

Save an old cereal box and empty out the contents. The recycled box will serve as the body of the guitar. Glue the open end of the cereal box shut by applying a thin layer of glue across the length of the top flap. Let the glue dry completely.

Paint the box with non-toxic paint. Use your brush to apply a thick layer of paint to the entire surface of the cereal box. Let the first coat dry. If you can still see the print on the recycled box, apply a second coat of paint. Let the paint dry completely.

Cut a whole in the center of the cereal box. Use scissors to cut an oval-shaped hole that is 8-inches long and 3-inches wide at the center. This is the opening in the body of your guitar.

Attach a cardboard paper towel roll to the end of your cereal box. This is the neck of your guitar. Apply a small amount of glue to the end of the paper towel roll. Place the paper towel roll in the center of one end of the box. Let the glue dry completely.

Use an assortment of 6 old rubber bands for guitar strings. Place the old rubber bands around the body of your guitar. Each rubber band should lay across the opening on the guitar body. Stretch the rubber bands around the body of the guitar according to their thickness. Use your thickest rubber band as the first string and order the other bands accordingly.


  • Use different types of recycled boxes to make different sounding guitars. Consider using cracker boxes, rice boxes, shoe boxes and even tissue boxes on your next project. Tissue boxes already have a pre-cut hole in the center. Add an additional paper towel roll to create a longer neck on your guitar. Make guitar picks out of recycled materials and use them to play your guitar. Trace the outline of a guitar pick on an old credit card that is no longer usable. Cut around the outline with a pair of sharp scissors. Each old credit card provides enough material to make 4 or 5 guitar picks.