Box Guitar

Recycle a tissue box into something awesome by painting and decorating it into a fun box guitar.
Box Guitar craft


  • Tissue box
  • Poster board or any sturdy board
  • Construction paper
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Round paper fasteners
  • Strings or large rubber bands
  • Hole punch
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Crayons
  • Glue stick
  • Glue gun
  • Stickers, glitter glue, sequins (optional)

Safety Tips

  • Keep the glue gun and craft knife out of young children's reach.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Box Guitar 1. Obtain a tissue box for your guitar's body and prime it with white acrylic paint.
Step 2 Box Guitar 2. When the primer dries, paint the box with your preferred colors of poster paint or acrylic paint.
Step 3 Box Guitar Ask for an adult's help.3. Draw and cut the guitar's neck on poster board or any sturdy board. Make sure it's proportional to the guitar body.
Step 4 Box Guitar 4. Draw vertical lines with crayons along the guitar neck to create the frets.
Step 5 Box Guitar Ask for an adult's help.5. Use glue gun to attach the neck to the body.
Step 6 Box Guitar 6. Press firmly on the joint.
Step 7 Box Guitar 7. Cut a rectangular strip of colored paper or construction paper. Glue this strip at the bottom of the box's hole. This strip is called the guitar bridge- it is where the strings are supposed to be attached.
Step 8 Box Guitar Ask for an adult's help.8. Punch 6 holes along the length of the guitar bridge.
Step 9 Box Guitar Ask for an adult's help.9. Punch 3 pairs of holes at the topmost part of the guitar's neck. This area is where the other end of the strings will be anchored.
Step 10 Box Guitar 10. Insert a round paper fastener into each hole on the guitar's neck and bridge. Split the ends of each fastener loosely at the back.
Step 11 Box Guitar 11. Cut 6 colored strings. If you want a working guitar (can make real sounds), use elastic strings or large rubber bands.
Step 12 Box Guitar 12. Wound one end of a string under the head of a paper fastener on the guitar bridge. Make a knot to secure it in place.
Step 13 Box Guitar 13. Wound the other end of the string around the corresponding paper fastener on the guitar's neck.
Step 14 Box Guitar 14. Follow this method to secure all 6 strings in place. Make sure you've got the placement right- refer to the picture to guide you. Tighten the round fasteners by splitting the ends fully at the back.
Step 15 Box Guitar 15. Decorate your guitar with stickers, sequins or glitter glue. You may also paint on some details.
Step 16 Box Guitar 16. If you want to make a guitar strap, cut a length of satin ribbon. Tape the strap at the back- one end on the guitar neck and the other end on the body.
Step 17 Box Guitar 17. Strap on your guitar and enjoy (pretend) playing!