Briscoe Western Art Museum lesson teaches kids how to make a toy banjo


Oct. 12, 2020Updated: Oct. 12, 2020 10:49 a.m.

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Having created the basic shape of your banjo, now it is time to decorate it. You can make it as simple or complicated as you like. Have fun with it.

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This children’s rubber band banjo activity was adapted from a Beyond the Briscoe craft lesson.

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Did you know that the banjo, which is associated with country and bluegrass music, is said to have African roots? Find out more about its history and discover other tidbits from the American West by visiting the Briscoe Western Art Museum at 210 W. Market St.

Kids can make their own rubber band banjo in this activity adapted from a Beyond the Briscoe craft lesson. The toy instrument might inspire a few jam sessions. Download the original instructions at briscoemuseum.org

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What you need

One round lid from a jar, three skinny rubber bands, a craft stick, hot or tacky glue, and supplies to decorate the banjo, such as markers, paper or stickers.

What to do

Start by stretching each rubber band around the lid to make the head of the banjo. If the rubber bands are too big, you can tie a knot in them and hide the knots behind the lid. Or cut the rubber bands to size and glue the ends to the back of the lid.

To create the neck of the banjo, glue the craft stick to the back of the lid. Wait for the adhesive to set.

Now it’s time to decorate the banjo. Make it as simple or as ornate as you like. Have fun with it.