How To Make Musical Instruments With Cardboard

Charlie K    |

Making music is a universal language that connects everyone across all cultures and generations. It is truly an art form that anyone can pick up if they are passionate about it. Many people have made a career out of creating new musical instruments and styles, so there are many ways to pursue this as a hobby or profession!

Intermediate guitar players make use of steel strings which stick way more easily than regular gold-standard acoustic gut strings. If you like those bright, punchy notes, then try some steel strings!

Making your own instrument is not for the inexperienced musician. In fact, most professional musicians start by making their first few instruments before buying them ready-made. There’s lots of information online and videos showing how to do this!

This article will go into detail on how to make your very own cardboard box drumstick using natural materials only. These are easy to find and usually cost nothing extra. You will also need a strong pair of scissors and a glue gun to complete these sticks.

Once you're done, you'll be able to make around 20 drumsticks per box which will each cost around $2 - $3 USD. This could definitely be a fun project for beginner artists to explore.

Make a drum kit using the following items

how to make musical instruments with cardboard

First, you will need some cardboard or thin sheet material of any shape or size. You can use plastic wrap or heavy-duty paper bag sheets as your coverup for this project!

Next, choose either a bass drum, snare drum, hi-hats, or tom shell. Depending on what kind of music you want to make, determine which one is best to start with.

Once you have that part, cut it in half along its longest dimension. For our example, we will be cutting the bass drum in half vertically.

Now, stick each piece back together using dry glue. Once both pieces are glued into place, roll the whole thing up like a scroll. Use a pencil to poke holes in the rolled up tube where you want to attach wires or cords.

Attach the wire to the pedal by inserting the end through the hole and pulling out the other side. Repeat this process for every cymbal.

Small buckets

how to make musical instruments with cardboard

One of the most common ways to make your first instrument is by making a bucket sound! This can be done with any material, but plastic or cardboard are some of the best starting materials due to how durable they are.

All you need to start off is a small empty container (like a bowl or cup). These things are almost impossible to find these days, so do not worry about buying one yet. You can also use an old cereal box or food container if you have ones around.

Once you have found your dry container, you will want to cut away all the outside layers of the material. Use a utility knife for this. Once it is free from printed matter, cut along the lines shown in figure 1 below.

Figure 1: Cut along the dotted line to separate the top layer from the middle layer

Now take your new piece of cardboard and wet it down slightly. Press the tip of your drum stick into the bottom center of the paper side. When you pull up the handle, it should made a loud satisfying noise!

Drum sticks usually stay soft for quite some time, which is why that part does not require maintenance.

Rubber bands

how to make musical instruments with cardboard

Another material you can use to make your first instrument is rubber band! These are very easy to find at most stores or via online shopping sites such as Amazon.

You will need around 30–50 pieces of long, thin plastic or cardboard that are about an inch wide. Most grocery store locations have some sort of plastic sleeve that would work well for this.

Once you have enough materials, cut each piece into two parts, one longer and one shorter. The longer part should be slightly thicker than the other so that it has more weight.

Now, take both ends of your rubber band and pull them apart until they meet in the middle. This creates a buckle! Once again, we’re using our strength and math to create something new.

By pulling hard on both sides, the buckle will get wider. As it gets wider, the distance between the two halves increases which means there is less space for air.

As the air molecules are being compressed, their density decreases creating a constant flow of fluid (air) called liquid pressure. Because these pressures add up over time, we refer to this as buildup of liquid pressure.

When you pull the ends together tight, the liquid breaks down and flows out normally.

Strips of cardboard

how to make musical instruments with cardboard

One of the most common ways to make an instrument is by using strips of cardboard or other materials as strings. This can be done for any type of stringed instrument, such as a violin, guitar, or ukulele.

For example, if you have 10 pieces of thick paper, then each paper strip could function as one string on your instrument. You would just have to tie them together in the right order and position them properly according to the scale being played.

Here are some easy tips that will help you make great instruments with paper strings.

Small plates

how to make musical instruments with cardboard

A smaller plate is used for scraping off excess glue or other materials when assembling your new instrument. You can also use this tool as a way to scrape away all of the dust that has gathered during the process.

When using the small plate, make sure it is clean before applying another layer of material onto the cardboard. If the plate is dirty then you will not be able to properly remove the old surface.

Avoid pulling too hard with the small plate because you do not want to tear apart the cardboard. Only apply slight pressure so you can easily re-apply the top coating later.

Scratching tool

how to make musical instruments with cardboard

A scratcher is an essential tool for any musician. They are used to scratch into or remove material from another surface. For example, if you have a piece of cardboard that is no longer serving its purpose, you can use your scratcher to scrape off some of the protective coating it has so that it can be re-used in a new project.

Scratchers come in many shapes and sizes. Some even have additional functions; one type can be put through a washing machine later!

There are several ways to make your own scratchers. You can take paper and cut out different patterns, buy them already made, or find a easy way to make your own at home. In this article, we will discuss how to make your own scratching tools using plastic straws and dry ice.

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How To Make A Simple Scratch Pad

Making a simple scratch pad comes down to choosing what kind of stick you want to use and where you want to apply pressure. Most people choose wood sticks as they feel it helps spread the force better across the surface area, but anything non-corroded will work!

Step One: Pick Your Material

You can pick almost anything to make your first try.

Table salt

For this project, you will need about 1 cup of table salt, plastic wrap, paper towels, and dry wall or heavy cardboard. You will also need a source of light to illuminate your work area since most music is done at night.

To make the bass drum, choose a piece of thick cardboard that is longer than it is wide. The length does not matter too much as long as it can be bent and pressed down easily. Lighter shades of brown are best for this material because they do not show fingerprints very well.

Spread about one tablespoon of salt over an area half the size of the finished bass drum. Press the top of the bass drum in this layer of salt so it sticks there. Now spread another batch of salt across the other side of the cardboard, just like with the first coat.

Press the second coat of salt into place using the sticked-up bass drum as a guide. Let each side sit for five minutes before pulling off the excess salt.

Using the paper towel, rub away any remaining salt crystals. Once both sides are clean, roll up the bass drum and store it in a sealed bag or box until you are able to take it outside to play!

Now let’s make the snare drum! Choose a thin sheet of heavy cardboard that is the same width as the completed snares. Spread about one teaspoon of salt onto the surface.

Small piece of wood

how to make musical instruments with cardboard

A small piece of wooden board or cardboard is all you need to make your first instrument. It does not have to be very big, nor do you have to learn how to play it immediately. This article will show you some easy ways to make different types of instruments with your hands!

The most common type of beginner’s musical equipment is the ukulele. These are typically strung with nylon strings that can be tuned in whole steps or half steps depending on what position they are attached to on the body of the guitar.

There are many resources available online and through music stores for beginners to learn how to play their uke. By practicing consistently every day, they will achieve success!

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