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How to Make a Homemade Guitar
by Eronne Ward

It is often quite difficult to keep your child entertained for any stretch of time if they aren't interested in the activity they're participating in. In order to keep your child's attention, you'll need to have a fun and interesting project that not only captures their attention but also requires them to focus on the task at hand. The best projects are ones that allow adults to participate, supervise, and lend a helping hand when necessary. One such project that is sure to please is making a homemade guitar. Read on for the required items and directions on how easy it is to do.

Here's a list of what you'll need:
   Box with lid (a shoe box is perfect)
   Cardboard tube
   Long elastic bands
   Two pencils
   Aluminium foil
   Art accessories

Here's how to go about making your child's very own guitar:

1 - Cut a hole in the lid of the box leaving about a 2 inch strip at the sides and 1 1/4 inches at the top and bottom. Then on each side of the original hole, cut two thinner slots the same length as the first.

2 - Cut a hole in one end of the box large enough to fit the cardboard roll through.

3 - Cover the cardboard roll with foil, and place it through the hole in the box, then secure it into place with tape.

4 - Tape the lid to the box then cover the box with foil. Cut away the foil from the holes in the lid.

5 - String rubber bands from one end of the box to the other. To produce a better sound, wrap the pencils with foil and place them under all the elastic bands at each end of the box. To create different sounds with each string, use different size and length elastics or wrap some tighter than others.

6 - Decorate your guitar with paint, stickers, magazine clippings, or any other paraphernalia you want.

By following these six simple steps, your child will have their very own homemade guitar! Your child will be able to produce unique sounds and may grow to appreciate music even more. Who knows, they may even want to take up the real thing after playing their new creation!

If after you've completed your guitar and are wondering if you've completed it correctly or if your interested in seeing a picture of what the finished product should look like, you can visit this link to a page highlighting how to make your homemade guitar in greater detail.

About the Author:
Eronne Ward is a mother of three, guardian to kids in need, activist for the protection of children online and runs a kids entertainment and education website - http://www.cackleberries.com. If you want some great resources to reward your child with, make sure to check out Eronne's parenting club where you can receive access to free stuff for your kids and more helpful parenting tips - The Cackleberries Club.

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