This Make Music Day, join Bash the Trash Environmental Arts in raising awareness about trash pollution by building fun instruments from found objects!
The performers and educators of Bash the Trash offered their innovative designs for wind, percussion and string instruments for an exciting new approach to building instruments from everyday refuse. These amazing instruments tackle issues of waste and offer us an opportunity to look at “trash” in a new way.
And thanks to D’Addario’s Playback String Recycling program, free used guitar strings were sent around the country for people to make their own Diddley Bow!
On June 21st, the expert instrument builders of Bash The Trash hosted an Instrument-Making Party video conference with special guests from around the world, showing off homemade instruments and making music together! Check out the replay below.
Rubber Band Box Guitar – YOU WILL NEED: a cardboard or styrofoam box, 3-5 rubber bands, and a paper towel roll (optional). Full instructions here.
4-in-1 Can – YOU WILL NEED: an aluminum can, a bit of shaky stuff, a piece of thick coated paper (like junk mail), and duct tape. Full instructions here.
Tube Trumpet – YOU WILL NEED: a paper towel roll, a water bottle, a file folder (optional) and duct tape. Full instructions here.
Balloon Drums – YOU WILL NEED: a stiff cardboard tube (or aluminum can, glass jar, or toilet paper roll), a balloon, and duct tape. Full instructions here.
Diddley Bow – YOU WILL NEED: a small plank of wood, an old guitar string, two nails and a glass jar. Full instructions here. Free used guitar strings from D’Addario will be sent to you upon request: click here.
Packing Tape Drums – YOU WILL NEED: a stiff cardboard tube (or aluminum can or glass jar), and clear packing tape. Full instructions here.
Tube-tar – YOU WILL NEED: a sturdy cardboard tube (fabric size), fishing line, a tuna can, and a small block of wood. Full instructions here.