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Welcome to a Virtual “Bash the Trash” Instrument Building Party

We are sharing ways for you to build instruments out of materials you might normally throw away. Our friends at the Make Music Alliance and Bash the Trash have put together videos and downloadable instructions you can use at home to make fun instruments with cans, scraps of wood, paper towel tubes, and more.

Here’s how to join the party

  1. Build an instrument using the Bash the Trash videos and instructions below
  2. Practice playing your new instrument
  3. Post a video of yourself or your family playing these instruments on social media with the hashtag #MakeMusicDay #MakeMusicAllen.

Four-in-One Can

Turn one ordinary aluminum can into 4 different percussion instruments! Download instructions and material guide: Four in One Can


Rubber Band Box Guitar

Grab a cardboard box and transform it into a guitar with a few rubber bands! Download instructions and material guide: Rubber Band Box Guitar


Tube Trumpet

Brass instruments don’t have to be made with brass, make your own with paper towel tubes! Download instructions and material guide: Tube trumpet