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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

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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 – Harmonica with Popsicle Sticks

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Hi there! Hope you had a great week. We’re back here to get you started off with the next one with this cool DIY of another musical instrument. Make sure to look at the older ones (every Monday) to see if you missed one in the past few weeks.

This week’s project is an easy harmonica (or mouth organ). So, let’s get started.

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What you will need:

1. Two popsicle or craft sticks (wide ones work best)

2. Two rubber bands, or pieces of string

3. A strip of paper cut to match the size of the sticks you are using

4. Two pieces of toothpick, cut to the same length as (or slightly longer than) the width of the craft sticks

5. Paints or any other material to decorate the craft sticks

Image source – Anna Gillespy

 

What you need to do:

 

Step 1

Paint or decorate the craft sticks as per your wish, and let dry/set.

 

Step 2

Arrange the cut piece of paper between the two sticks.

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Step 3

Wrap a rubber band on one side of this arrangement, until the sticks are nice and snug with each other.

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Image source – Skip to my lou

 

Step 4

Stick one of the toothpick pieces between the two craft sticks and slide in to the end with the rubber band. Follow this up with placing the other toothpick piece at the open end, and fit it in by tying the other rubber band on this end. (It works best if you ensure that the piece of toothpick at one end is placed under the paper, and the one at the other end, over the paper.)

Image source – Anna Gillespy

 

And you’re all set. All you have to do now is blow between the sticks, and that’s your very own handmade harmonica!

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DIY of the Week – Hand Drum

Monday, June 25th, 2018

It’s official! The last week of June is upon us. And so is our weekly, easy-to-do DIY for the week.

This cute little hand drum is sure to perk up not just your mood, but your week too!

 

Image source - Moms & Crafters

Image source – Moms & Crafters

 

What you will need:

- A cardboard tube (Pringles cannister is ideal)

- Craft knife

- Wooden stick or dowel. (You can use a large paintbrush stick if you can’t find that)

- A single hole puncher

- Decorative tape, washi tape, or paints/colors

- 2 balloons, ideally large size

- Duct tape

- Ribbon or string

- Large wooden beads, or other decorative

- Strong glue

- Scissors

 

What you need to do:

Step 1

Take your craft knife and cut the canister about an inch or inch and half from the top.

Image source - Moms & Crafters

Image source – Moms & Crafters

 

Step 2

Now paint over the sides or cover it with fancy tape. Use your imagination on how fancy of you want it to look.

 

Step 3

Take your wooden stick/dowel/paintbrush and cut it or break it to the required size.

 

Step 4

Punch a hole through the side of the canister. Try to keep in the center of the height. Increase the size of the hole (if required) to fit the wooden stick. You can use either the craft knife, or the scissors, depending on what you are more comfortable with.

 

Step 5

Now put the stick in the hole, inserting the broken or cut-off end. Once you have put it in, secure it with strong glue and leave to dry completely before proceeding.

Image source - Moms & Crafters

Image source – Moms & Crafters

 

Step 6

Cut off the neck of the balloon. Now tape a section of the balloon on the bottom edge and stretch the balloon over the entire opening of the section you’ve been working on. Make sure to stretch it nice and tight, so that there are no rolls or ridges in the stretch over rubber.

 

Step 7

Now secure it in place with duct tape (there are colored or decorative duct tapes available in the market. Feel free to use those if you don’t want to use the standard black or brown tape)

 

Step 8

Poke a hole in both sides of the drum, put in the edge of your string/ribbon, and tie a couple of knots on the inside of the drum to secure the piece in place, followed by a knot on the outside as well.

 

Step 9

Add the beads, and cut the ribbon/string to the desired length, knotting it at the end to secure the beads in place. Do this on both sides.

Image source - Kiwico

Image source – Kiwico

 

Step 10

Now seal the open side of the drum with the other balloon, following the same procedure as the first side.

 

Step 11

Decorate the protruding part of the stick with tape or paints. You can even use sketch pens to lightly create designs on the stretched part of the balloon too if you so wish. (But remember to use the nibs softly, so as not to puncture the balloon)

Image source - Pretty Prudent

Image source – Pretty Prudent

 

And voila! You’re all done. Happy drumming!

 

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Image source – Genius Premium

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!