How to make a cardboard guitar

When you’ve run out of tissues, there’s no need to cry. Grab the empty box and turn it into a cardboard guitar.

An old tissue box already has a hole like a real guitar, so it’s perfect for this musical craft. Now all it needs are a few colourful elastic bands and you have a lovely, plucky-sounding instrument that the kids will love playing with. If your little stars are desperate to be in a band, they could also try making a set of tissue-box drums or turn paper plates into booming tambourines.

Age group: Kids as young as five can get involved in making this cardboard box guitar – they will just need help punching holes. Scroll down for our brilliant step-by-step guide on how to make a cardboard guitar.

What you will need

  • 1 empty tissue box (this wood-effect box is from Sainsbury’s but you can use any tissue box you like)
  • Coloured elastic OR 6 long elastic bands (we used pink and yellow elastic)
  • 6 split pins
  • 1 dolly peg OR an old pencil
  • Sellotape
  • 1 Biro pen OR a sewing awl for punching holes
  • Small piece of scrap paper