Things You'll Need
- Utility knife
- Acrylic paint
- Rubber bands
Violins play beautiful music, but often cost a pretty penny if you wish to own one yourself. If your child has taken an interest in the instrument and is begging to have one now, stop to consider if you want to make the investment in a real violin. Before deciding to purchase a violin, consider the age and the amount of responsibility your child is prepared to handle. Yet, if you don't want to crush your child's musical dreams at a young age, make a violin from cardboard.
Find a section of cardboard that measures 2 feet long by 1 foot wide. Draw the outline of a violin onto the cardboard. You can draw the outline freehand, trace a real violin or use a template. You need to draw the body of violin and the neck.
Cut out the cardboard outline with a utility knife. Cut slowly to avoid jagged edges.
Paint the front and back of the violin outline with acrylic paint. Make the neck and body the same color or two different colors, such as black and brown. Have the children decorate the cardboard violin for a creative craft project if you wish.
Produce the elastic strings for the violin by cutting four rubber bands in half. Staple each end of the rubber bands to the neck. Stretch them to the middle of the body of the cardboard violin and staple in place. Apply two or three staples to each end of the rubber bands to prevent them from springing loose and hurting your children.
Cut out a small strip of cardboard to act as the bow for the violin. It should be around 1 foot long by 1/2-inch wide. Paint the bow to match the violin if you like.
Teach your children to hold and play the violin by using the cardboard model. Show them how professional violinists pull the bow across the strings and make music.
Mary Corbin began her career writing for online and print media in Indianapolis. Since 2004, she has covered subjects such as home and family, technology and legal issues. Working in the broadcast industry, Corbin created articles for marketing, public relations and business matters. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.