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DIY of the Week – Castanets

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

We’re back to start off your week creatively! And in keeping with our recent string of handmade musical instruments (well, except for the slight deviation last week), we’re back with another super easy instrument DIY.

This week, we explore the ease, simplicity, and total fun that are castanets! And if you’re wondering what a castanet is, these are the clickety-clackety little instruments you’ll often see in the hands of flamenco dancers.

Image source – Spoj

Image source – Dreamstime

 

What you need:

  1. Several pairs of metal bottle caps (the kind you get on glass bottles of soda)
  2. Cardboard sheet to cut into pieces
  3. Scissors
  4. Markers or sketch pens to make your designs
  5. Strong glue
  6. Rubber bands
  7. Craft paper and glue, if you want to decorate your castanets more intricately
Image source - Kygo

Image source – Kygo

 

 

What to do:

Step 1

Measure the length of your index finger and cut the cardboard into pieces that measure twice that length, making them approximately one and half inch wide.

Image source - DIY Enthusiasts

Image source – DIY Enthusiasts

 

Step 2

Round off the edges of your cardboard strip.

 

Step 3

Create intricate designs with your markers towards the two rounded off edges. (If you are gluing on craft paper instead of drawing directly on the cardboard itself, try folding it in half as in the next step, before cutting and gluing the paper on).

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Step 4

Fold the cardboard piece in half, length-wise, and place a bottle cap on one of the inside edges, about half centimeter from the end. (Make sure the sharp edged side is the one against the cardboard.) Glue it on. Then repeat with another bottle cap on the other inside edge, gluing it in place. Make sure that the caps are aligned with each other when hold the fold closed.

Image source - DIY Inspired

Image source – DIY Inspired

 

Step 5

Hold the cardboard in the closed position, with the bottle caps touching each other, and tie it with a rubber band, and leave overnight, so that the glue may dry.

 

Step 6

Remove the rubber band, and voila!

 

 

Your castanets are ready for you to enjoy! And as promised, they were super easy to make. So go, make some more! Try out different designs, different cardboard lengths, or widths. Till next week! Enjoy irritating your neighbors till then. Happy clicking and clacking!

 

Image source - YouTube

Image source – YouTube

DIY of the Week – Handmade Tambourine

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

It’s our favorite day of the week again! Every Monday brings on a brand new week, brand new possibilities, and in the world of NSPA, a brand new Do-It-Yourself project!

In keeping with our theme for DIYs focusing on musical instruments, this week’s activity is none other than the favorite (and super easy to play) tambourine. It’s great for family picnics, friendly get-togethers, and camping trips too! So let’s get our craft on

 

What you need:

1. 10 metal bottle caps

2. Piece of scrap wood (or any safe surface on which you can use a hammer)

3. Large nail

4. Hammer

5. 7-inch wooden embroidery hoops

6. Craft wire

7. Colored electric tape

8. Cardboard

 

What to do:

Step 1

Punch a hole in each bottle cap, one at a time, by placing them face down on the scrap wood, placing the nail in the center and lightly tapping down on the head with the hammer until a hole is made. Make sure you’re careful while holding the caps, as the edges are sharp and can easily lead to cuts.

Image source – Arts and Crafts Collection

 

Step 2

Cut five 3-inch pieces of the craft wire, and bend each piece of wire at one end, about half inch in from the edge. String in two bottle caps, with the top sides facing each other. Repeat this for all five pieces of wire, as shown in the picture.

Image source - Manos a la obra

Image source – Manos a la obra

 

Step 3

Open and separate the two embroidery hoop rings. Screw the outer loop tightly. Now cut five pieces of cardboard into 1 inch squares. These will be our spacers.

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Step 4

Cut the tape about 5 inches long, and lay it down with the sticky side facing up. Place a spacer piece in the center of the tape. Now place the spacer between the two hoops and secure by wrapping the tape around tight. Loop another round of tape to secure it firmly. Repeat this step with the remaining four spacers, evenly spacing them out between the rings.

Image source - Arts and Crafts Collection

Image source – Arts and Crafts Collection

 

Step 5

Now place the wires and caps between each of the spacers, looping both ends of the wires around each hoop.

 

Step 6 Cover the looped wire ends with tape, securing them in place.

Image source - Arts and Crafts Collection

Image source – Arts and Crafts Collection

 

Et voila! You’re now ready to be the star attraction at the next singalong!

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DIY of the Week – Mini Lid Banjo

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Feel like starting the week off with a bit of musical creativity? We’ve got a cool Do-It-Yourself project that you can take on, and the best thing is that you don’t need to go shopping for supplies, nor does it take too much of time to make. And to top it off, you end up with this really cute little banjo that can be used to brighten up any space. Ready to get going?

 

Things you will need (Supplies):

  • One jar lid
  • One large, wide popsicle stick
  • Colored/washi tape or paint/sketch pens
  • 4 rubber bands (ideally colored)
  • Tape
  • Feviqwik glue
  • Sequins or gem stickers

How To:

 

Step 1

Take the jar or bottle lid and place the four rubber bands across it, the slightest bit apart from each other. If you want to be a bit more arty, stick a round of pretty craft paper inside the lid, before adding the rubber bands.

Image source - Highdesert.com

Image source – Highdesert.com

 

Step 2

Put tape at the top side of the lid, so that it covers all four bands, and holds them in place on the lid.

Image source - The Craft Train

Image source – The Craft Train

 

 

Step 3

Cut off the edge of the stick, then proceed to decorate the stick with colored or washi tape, or use paint or sketch pens and make your own design. Remember to leave some blank space at both ends.

Image source - Highdesert.com

Image source – Highdesert.com

 

 

Step 4

Attach the cut end of the stick securely to the previously applied tape on the lid cover with another piece of tape (or two).

 

Step 5

Create tuning knobs on the blank curved end by sticking on four sequins or sticking gem stickers, two on each side. You can also just draw these on with sketch pens or glitter glue if you want.

 

Image source - GreatDIYs.com

Image source – GreatDIYs.com

 

And there you have it! A beautiful and completely customized mini banjo that you can use to decorate your study table or workspace, gift a friend, or just carry it around in your bag if you want. And yes, technically, you can strum the ‘strings’ but good luck making music with that!

 

Have a lovely week!