#DIY homemade violin

Are you in high school psychics?  You may have already started thinking about an instrument to build. Why not build your own violin? There are minimal parts needed and you can find them in your home.

Does your mom wear expensive perfume?  Does she have a fancy box that she received as a gift last Christmas?  Then you're in luck, the body is complete. Find a picture of the f holes online, print them out and trace onto the top of the box. Carefully use an exact-o knife, or ask your mom to help you cut the f-holes in the top of the box.

On the inside of the box use styrofoam pieces in the corners to create a faux violin shape. Use some fancy duct tape to seal the box.

Life without music would "b" flat

The violin my daughter built is pictured in the top photo. Click it to hear a video of her playing it.

We had a heart magnet made out of 3 wooden hearts that had broken and was waiting to be fixed. We used its pieces as the tail and the top of the fingerboard.  But you can use any small piece of wood that can hold screws for tuning.

Eyescrews were used as the pegs to hold the fishing line and flat head screws were used to tie the other end down on the tail.

A Styrofoam bridge was used and viola, a working violin.  The bow was a small dowel rod and more fishing line held together with duck tape.

Tuning was a challenge, but we got it close and it held up for one short song... take a listen.


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