Monday, November 17, 2008

With A Banjo On My Knee

As stated here, Khris and his guitar have been making many appearances in the living room. Being as the mini-munchkins think everything their big brothers and sister do is the coolest thing EVER, I decided it was time to make a mini-munchkin guitar upon which they can pluck to their hearts desire, without the threat of elder siblings lobbing off fingers.

I'm sure you all remember making these when you were little, but in case you need a refresher, here's what you do:

First you need a box (about the size of a shoe box), enough construction paper to cover the box(we used 2 pieces), glue, crayons or whatever instrument with which you wish to decorate, rubber bands (to use as strings), and eager munchkins.

I was lucky enough to find all these things waiting for me at the dinning table. FYI: I've found the children to be more artistic if one of them is very slobbery and the other has wild crazy hair.

Now cut a hole out of one piece of paper and use it as a template to mark the hole on your box.

Then just cut it out. No, those are not my kitchen scissors that I'm using because I can't figure out where we packed the paper scissors. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Owoooo a hole! Very cool and artistic-ish.

Time to let the wee artists go crazy! Please note that Sam has decided he's too big for the fat round crayons and is ready to step up to big kid crayons.

If you look closely, you'll notice on his chin the blue crayon crumb evidence proving that, although his taste buds say otherwise, he is NOT ready for big kid crayons.

Remember crayon joy? It looks like this:

Now glue your paper to your "guitar box"

Fold the corners in like you're wrapping a present. If you are a gift bag baby who doesn't know how to fold wrapping paper, just take your paper and box to your local Macy's and for $5 they'll do it for you (and make fun of you all though the holidays).

After giving it a few minutes to dry a bit, stretch your rubber bands around the box to make the "guitar strings". Everyone wave to my mommy who came over just in time to bust me standing on my dinning room chair for that sweet aerial shot 3 pics back. HI MOM!

Musical bliss! She's almost perfected "Stairway to Heaven" too.

Looks like Khris may be ready to trade in his Fender.

1 comment:

The Courteous Chihuahua said...

That looks like fun! I miss having kids around to stuff like this. If my little doggies just had opposable thumbs.....