How to make musical instruments

Get into the groove and boogie with your baby!

Make music with your baby
by Natalie Keeler

You can create these DIY musical instruments using simple items from around your house. Pick up a tissue box and a cardboard tube and get ready to rock and roll!

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Would you rather watch than read? Press play to see how we made these musical instruments


Guitar craft

You will need:

  • An empty tissue box
  • Tin foil
  • Sellotape
  • Scissors
  • String

Step 1

Wrap the empty tissue box in tin foil so it's completely covered and secure with tape. You can tuck the tin foil inside the hole and it will stay in place.

Step 2

Attach three pieces of string tightly across the middle, and get those little fingers plucking!


Make a trumpet craft for kids

You will need:

  • Long cardboard tube
  • Non-toxic washable paints
  • Paintbrush

Step 1

First, paint the cardboard tube – your baby can help with this bit. Use lots of colours and patterns. 

Step 2

Once the paint is dry, show your baby how to make a sound by blowing into the trumpet. What noises can they make?


Kids craft tambourine

You will need:

  • Sellotape roll
  • Piece of paper
  • Felt tips
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors

Step 1

Colour in the paper with a rainbow pattern (or use wrapping paper -for an easy way to add an instant design!) Cover one side of the Sellotape roll with the paper.

Step 2

Secure the paper in place with masking tape.

Step 3

Now, give the tambourine to your baby to play with – can they give it a tap to make a noise?