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Try at Home: Tissue Box Guitar

Try at Home: Tissue Box Guitar

Did you ever want to make and play your own instrument? How about a guitar? Below you will find instructions on how to make your own guitar out of a tissue box, rubber bands, paper towel roll and other supplies listed. You can use your imagination and decorate your guitar any way you like! 

Instructions: Tissue Box Guitar


  • Rubber bands of different widths
  • Paper towel roll
  • Rectangular tissue box
  • Scissors
  • Items to decorate guitar (markers, paint, stickers, etc)
  • Construction paper
  • Heavy tape like duct tape or strong tape
  • Stapler (optional)
  1. Using scissors, cut the opening of the tissue box so the rectangle is a little larger.
  2. Trace the sizes of the top and sides of the box on construction paper. This will cover the body of the guitar. Cut the pieces you traced out. 
  3. Decorate the paper pieces and paper towel roll any way you like (use glitter, paint, markers, etc). Let dry if necessary. Tape the pieces to the tissue box.
  4. Pick 4 or more rubber bands and stretch them across the tissue box. These are your guitar strings.
  5. Tape the paper towel roll to the side of your guitar. Make sure it is secure.
  6. Now you are ready to rock out!! You can use the twist tie from bread or another food item as a pick!

You can also ask yourself any of the following questions:

  1. Does the width of the rubber bands affect the sounds they make? If so, how?
  2. What would happen if I added or took away one of the rubber bands I have put on my guitar?
  3. Did you put your rubber bands in a certain pattern or order? What was the pattern/order?

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