Before you research music classes, take those tiny fingers for a spin with homemade instruments. Help your little maestros find their rhythm by plucking a DIY mandolin. See how long they can hold a note on a PVC flute. Get down to the sound of paper harmonica and more! Scroll on to get the low-down on make-your-own instruments and see which one suits your soloist.

photo: PreK + K Sharing

1. Backyard Concerts

Banging on a pot with a wooden spoon is practically a rite of passage in babyhood. Why not take it a step further and construct an outdoor music wall for your little maestro? Scour your house for any seldom used odds and ends that make a fun sound (or hit up your favorite thrift store), then use a hammer and nails to secure to a section of fencing. Baby will enjoy making a delightful cacophony, and your hearing might be spared in the process.


2. Easter Egg Maracas
Shake to the sound of rice with these easy-peasy maracas. All you need is rice, plastic spoons, easter eggs and tape! Best part? These shakers have been tried and tested by lifestyle blogger and mom of three, Katelyn Fagan of What’s Up Fagans, and they are certified to play at a decent volume without being too annoying. Get the tutorial here.

 photo: Katelyn Fagan of What’s Up Fagans


photo: Jnkyrdguy via instructables

3. PVC Pipe Flutes
This whistling instrument isn’t a project for the kiddos but if mom or dad is up for a more intense DIY action (or stopping by Home Depot for their drilling services), the results are just as amazing as the real thing. Your musician will be able to play a musical scale. Download the instructions here.


photo: Buggy and Buddy

4. Kazoo
Explore sound and science with creative kids blog Buggy and Buddy’s homemade kazoo. With simple materials that you’re bound to have at home (cardboard tube, wax paper, rubber band, etc), this kazoo is perfect for vocal tots who love to spend their days humming and singing. See how to re-create this activity by heading over to Buggy and Buddy.


 photo: Kate via


5. Shoebox Guitar
Did you know empty containers hold a secret melody? All you need are some rubber bands, a shoebox and split pins; then your quick-fingered tot can get their twang on. For the key to perfect, magical sound, check out Kate’s tutorial over at craft blog Minieco.



photo: Hello Bee

6. Mini Mandolin
With a little more time and effort, your wooden mandolin is set to last much longer than your musician’s first gig. Community blog for moms and moms-to-be Hello Bee has an awesome tutorial on making a mandolin that’s worthy being a part of a kid-sized philharmonic. Visit Hello Bee for instructions, and get ready to make a trip to the craft store after.


photo: Josie via Pi’ikea Street


7. Pin Strummers
Strum up a tune with bobby pins. This experiment and discovery project by kids app makers Pi’ikea Street explores how different sounds can become just by changing one object. See how simple household products can be turned into music devices over at Pi’ikea Street.


photo: Housing a Forest

8. Easy Harmonica
This paper harmonica requires a little finesse from your lil’ performer’s mouth (don’t bite down) and a little extra practice, but the whole process is ridiculously and musically fun. Assemble your colorful mouthpiece with the instructions from family blog Housing A Forest here.


photo: Hello Bee

9. Bell Shakers
Ring in a merry afternoon with these bell shakers. This tutorial from craft blog Hello Bee requires slight drilling, but the modern look and long-lasting build is worth it. Now your littlest can join in the family band with just a wriggle of the wrist! Check out the how-to here.


 photo: Kate via

10. Jingle Ankle Bracelet
Get those flighty feet ready for any dance with a pair of beautiful jingle ankle bracelets from craft and design blog Minieco. Now any dancer who wants to move to their own tune can! Head over to Minieco and get ringing with the tutorial.

What’s your music maker’s favorite way to get their jam on? Let us know in the comments below!

— Christal Yuen