July 15, 2019

Matzo Box Guitar

After Passover, you may have a lot of empty matzo boxes around the house. But don’t throw them away — save them for crafting. For example, here’s a fun way to transform a matzo box into a guitar. (Well, it actually looks more like a banjo or ukulele, but you get the idea.) Who knows, maybe you can start a band. Watch out, Beyoncé.

What you’ll need:
Empty matzo box
Rubber bands
Duct tape
Paint stir stick
Popsicle sticks
Colored markers

1. Trace a circle that is about 4 inches in diameter on the front of the matzo box. Then cut out the circle with scissors to create a hole.


2. Wrap four rubber bands vertically around the box so they line up evenly spaced in front of the hole. If you use rubber bands of different sizes, each will play a different note.


3. Apply duct tape around all four edges of the box. The tape will keep the box shut while holding the rubber bands in place.


4. For the neck of the guitar, glue a paint stir stick to the back of the box, perpendicular to the top. You can also use a ruler or an empty paper towel roll. Reinforce it with duct tape.


5. Glue two Popsicle sticks to the top of the guitar neck so they look like tuning pegs. 


6. Draw designs on the matzo box with colored markers. I like the idea of decorating the box while not covering up the matzo box branding so we can be reminded of the guitar’s humble beginnings.

Jonathan Fong is the author of “Flowers That Wow” and “Parties That Wow,” and host of “Style With a Smile” on YouTube. You can see more of his do-it-yourself projects at jonathanfongstyle.com.