Cardboard Box Guitar Craft for Kids

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INSIDE: Channel your inner rocker with this CARDBOARD GUITAR CRAFT inspired by Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s legacy on rock and roll music. It is perfect for Black History Month. This fun craft would also make a great addition to any musical unit for toddlers and preschoolers!

Who Was Sister Rosetta Tharpe?

Long before Led Zeppelin or The Rolling Stones were rocking out on the electric guitar there was Sister Rosetta Tharpe. She combined gospel with blue and folk. Her electric guitar technique earned her the nickname “the Godmother of rock and roll”. Tharpe inspired many modern day rock & roll artists such as Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards.

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Cardboard Box Guitar Craft for Kids

Grab a tissue box. Paint it using a sponge brush. Set it aside to dry.

Grab a cardboard tube. Measure and cut out a sheet of construction paper to cover the entire tube. Use glue to secure the construction paper to the tube.

Decorate the cardboard tube with washi tape.

Glue two wooden beads to the top part of the cardboard tube for the guitar’s tuning pegs.

Glue two craft sticks on the top and bottom of the tissue box.

Make a hole on one end of the cardboard box and fit the cardboard tube through it.

Decorate the tissue box and tube with foam stickers.

Wrap elastic bands around the tissue box for guitar strings. And rock on like Sister Rosetta Tharpe.


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  • Cardboard tissue box
  • Cardboard tube
  • Washable paint
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Washi tape
  • Craft Glue
  • Foam stickers
  • Wooden beads
  • Elastic bands

Age Suitability

This activity is good for kids 3 years and up. My kids are 3.5, 3.5, and 7.5 year old.

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