Paper Guitar Craft for Preschoolers

Fun Craft Using Paper You Can Make Any Time of Year

Paper guitar craft
This paper guitar craft uses just paper, yarn, cardboard, and glue!. Amanda Rock

If you've got a preschooler who is into music (and what preschooler isn't?) try making this easy and fun to create paper guitar craft. Using paper, cardboard, crayons, and yarn, this simple craft is a great way for your preschooler to express his or her individualism while practicing following directions and even learning different shapes.

While their are basic directions to follow (see below), there are lots of fun ways to customize this paper guitar craft. For example:

  • The cut paper shapes can be on any type of paper, printed or solid, and the shapes themselves can change depending on what your child likes and wants.
  • The paper that the guitar is glued to can be decorated in any way.
  • Our guitar is left plain, but your preschooler can decorate the cardboard any way he or she chooses.

This craft is a great way to teach your preschooler about shapes. Let your preschooler trace cut shapes on to printed or scrapbook papers, or have them draw them freehand. Don't worry if they aren't perfect at first. This is a learning experience. Once all the shapes are drawn, your preschooler can cut them out using safety scissors -- a great way to work on fine motor skills!

Before doing any crafts with your preschooler, it's a good idea to lay out everything you need first. Sometimes with crafts, especially those that have some drying time (like this one!), it's better to have all supplies right on hand. This will hopefully cut down on impatience and could help prevent temper tantrums. Additionally, make sure you have a covered surface to craft on, that way glue or markers won't get on your table.

For more tips on making crafts with your preschooler, read Making Arts and Crafts with Your Preschooler.

What You'll Need:

  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • One piece of 8 1/2 x 11 paper, any color
  • Yarn, any color
  • Crayons or markers
  • Printed papers or scrapbook papers, an assortment

Get Crafting!

  1. Using the pencil, have your preschooler trace a guitar shape on a piece of cardboard. To find a template, do a Google images search for guitar clip art. Print it out and cut it so your preschooler can trace it. Alternatively, you draw a guitar shape free-handed.
  2. Fold the neck of the guitar frontwards and backwards to give it a crinkled look as in the photo above.
  3. Using spare cardboard, cut out a thin rectangle of cardboard. Glue the yarn on it to make strings. Let dry.
  4. Glue the rectangle and strings to the body of the guitar, below the neck. Let dry.
  5. Cut different shapes out of the printed or scrapbook papers. Encourage your preschooler to cut "real" shapes such as triangles, squares, and circles, but really, and type of shape will do.
  6. Decorate the 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper by gluing the cut pieces of scrapbook or printed paper and by coloring with the crayons or markers. The cardboard guitar will be glued to the middle, so make sure that space isn't filled with something you wouldn't want covered.
  7. Glue the cardboard guitar to the middle of the 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Let dry.
  8. Let your preschooler write his name on the back of the paper. Have him add the date it too!
  9. Hang your preschooler's paper guitar in a musical place!

Looking for more musical crafts? Try making your own musical instruments with your preschooler! These preschool music activities are a lot of fun too!

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