Junkophonics

Host a homemade found object instrument-making party! The experts have graced us with videos and printable instructions for 7 instruments, all you have to do is gather the materials (for as many or few options as you want!). We suggest partnering with a music hub, school, library, museum etc, but several of these instruments (like the Diddley Bow) are quite fun for adults too!

This Make Music Day, join Bash the Trash Environmental Arts in raising global awareness about household waste 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.

Show off homemade instruments and making music together on 21 June 2021! 




Rubber Band Box Guitar – YOU WILL NEED: a cardboard or polystyrene box, 3-5 rubber bands, and a paper towel roll (optional). Full instructions here.


4-in-1 Can – YOU WILL NEED: an aluminium 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 aluminium 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.


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.

Find more resources and other projects to get involved in!

Don’t forget to tag @MakeMusicDayUK and use the #MakeMusicDayUK on social media to show us what you’ve made!