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How To Make A Cereal Box Guitar

A Fun Stem Craft For Kids Using recycled cardboard boxes to create a fun musical instrument!

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If your kids love musical instruments, then they will love creating this cardboard guitar, which was inspired by a Disney movie called Coco.

Used cardboard boxes are an excellent way to recycle a used item and turn it into something fun! Arts and crafts projects help grow a child’s imagination, help fine tune their motor skills and teach kids that upcycling is actually pretty cool! Plus, they’ll also learn the basics of how a guitar works!

Your kids can decorate their guitar anyway they would like—especially if you’re reading this around a particular holiday. If St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, slap some shamrocks on your guitar! If it’s Easter, stick some bunny stickers! The goal is to have fun and be creative all while learning!


1 pair of Scissors

1 empty cereal box

1 empty spaghetti box

1 white glue

1 white card stock

1 screwdriver

1 low-temp hot glue gun

Hot glue sticks

Cardboard scraps

6 extra long rubber bands


Step 1

Cut the spaghetti box so it is 5 inches (13 cm) long. Glue card stock to cover it as well as the the cereal box. Then cut a large circle from the lower half of the cereal box.


Help your child use the screwdriver to punch 6 evenly spaced holes on the cereal box about 2.5 inches (6cm) from the bottom of the circle. At the top of the spaghetti box, punch 6 evenly spaced holes.


Glue the cereal box closed. Glue the cut side of the spaghetti box to the top of the cereal box. This will be the guitar’s neck.


Make the nut and the bridge for your guitar’s strings. Cut 4 pieces from the cardboard scraps 1/2-inch (1cm) high by 3 inches (8cm) long. Stack and glue two pieces together. Repeat. Glue one cardboard piece about 2 inches (5cm) below the circle, above the screwdriver holes. Glue the other piece about 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the top of the guitar’s neck.



Cut the rubber bands. Knot one end of each rubber band, and lace them through the holes near the bottom of the guitar.


Feed the other end of each rubber band through the guitar’s top holes. Knot the ends to hold them in place.


Using the hot glue gun, glue the spaghetti box closed. Use markers to decorate the guitar.


Press the strings on the neck while you strum your guitar to make different notes!

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