If you've been following my blog, you know how much my boys love DIY instruments. They are the most requested activities by my oldest son. So when I saw this DIY xylophone by Caroline at De tout et de rien, it was just a matter of time before we tackled the project.
Wrenches. You'll need a set of wrenches. Most sets come with 10, but you'll only need nine. Give the biggest wrench to someone you know that's handy. I bought a set for $20 and while that's WAY more than I ever pay for our educational activities, I knew this would get loads of use and when the boys grew tired of it, would be deconstructed and find a home in my husband's tool box. To lower the price, purchase a smaller set and make a miniature version.
Pipe insulation tubing. This stuff is like a skinny pool noodle but is already scored down the middle on one side.
Twine. Strong string works great.
- Open the tubing where it is scored.
- Fold the tube in half and cut.
- Insert eight wrenches in one length of the foam tube, in order from smallest to biggest. Set the smallest wrench aside.
- Grab a long length of twine. Tie it in a knot around one end of the tubing, and then lace it in and out, around each of the wrenches, pulling tightly to secure them in place.
- Tie another knot around the tubing after the last wrench.
- Repeat steps 3, 4, and 5 with the other length of tubing.
- Use the tiny wrench you set aside as a mallet. Strike the metal wrenches and make sweet music!
Our boys have both had a blast with this. And I find it utterly charming that at completely random points in the day, I can hear the sweet chiming sounds it makes emanating from their rooms!