Shoe Box Guitar Craft

How to Make a Musical Instrument Using a Shoe Box

Shoe Box Guitar

This fun guitar would make a wonderful addition to a homemade band. This tutorial will teach you how to construct it using a shoebox, a paper towel roll, and a few other supplies you probably already have.

How to Make a Shoe Box Guitar:

  • Age Guideline: 6 Years and Up
  • Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)

The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.

Materials Needed:

  • Shoe Box
  • Paper Towel Roll
  • 4 - 6 Rubber Bands
  • 6 Craft Sticks
  • Paint Optional
  • Craft Glue or Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Paint Brush
  • Scissors


Start out by painting the shoe box and the lid whatever color you want their guitar to be. They can also paint the paper towel roll and even the craft sticks. Let the paint dry. Of course, this is optional, you can keep the shoe box and paper towel roll whatever color they are.

Cut a circle in the center of the box lid and then replace it onto the box. Glue 4 craft sticks, one on top of the other, between the hole and the short side of the box. These sticks should be parallel to the short side of the shoe box. You can then glue 2 of the craft sticks onto the paper towel roll near one end. These sticks should be perpendicular to the paper towel roll. Leave about an inch of space between the two sticks. Let the glue dry.

Stretch 4 to 6 rubber bands around the box the long way so they lay over the craft sticks and also over hole.

Glue the end of the paper towel roll without the craft sticks onto the side of the guitar. It is okay for the paper towel roll to cover the rubber bands. Let the glue dry.

You can now play your shoe box guitar. To play this fancy guitar, you simply pluck or strum the rubber bands.