Foam Mariachi Guitar
By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 6 and up
Craft foam has so many possibilities. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by making and decorating this fun mariachi guitar.
What you'll need:
- Craft foam: yellow, green, red, and brown
- Black marker
- White string
- White craft glue
How to make it:
- Cut a pear shape from yellow craft foam.
- Use a pencil to draw a circle in the center just below the neck area of the guitar. Color the circle with a black marker.
- Cut a circular ring from red craft foam, larger than the circle you drew on the guitar. This circle will outline the circle on the guitar. Glue the ring around the guitar center circle.
- Cut 8 triangles from green craft foam. Glue around the red circle in a sun type pattern.
- Cut the guitar handle from brown craft foam. Glue the handle to the guitar, starting at the top of the black circle.
- Cut two strips from brown craft foam as the string holders for the bottom of the guitar. Glue one of them toward the bottom of the guitar, halfway between the bottom green triangle and the bottom of the guitar.
- Cut four long strips of white string. They need to be long enough to stretch from the top of the guitar handle down to the bottom brown strip. Glue all four in place and let them dry completely before moving on to the net step.
- Once the strings have dried, trim the ends that are overlapping off.
- Cut an oblong piece of brown foam to cover the edges of the string at the top of the handle and glue in place.
- Glue the second brown strip on top of the first brown strip to cover the string ends.
- A mariachi guitar has a larger bottom than a standard guitar.
- If your string is bunching up, get it wet and flatten it with a hot iron.
- Discuss other instruments that are part of a mariachi band such as violins and trumpets.