DIY Paper Tube Xylophone

If you’re looking for an easy project to get your kids excited about music, try this craft idea to create an instrument. This is the perfect project that you can make together with things you probably already have lying about the house.


  • Paper Tubes
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Craft Knife, Box Cutter, or scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Rubber Bands or hair ties


  1. Cut 8 or more paper tubes in varying sizes with an inch less in length for each new tube.
  2. Color the paper tubes with paint.
  3. To create the xylophone frame, cut a large piece of cardboard based on the length and width of your paper tubes from largest to smallest order.
  4. Measure and cut 4 pieces of cardboard to surround the frame about an inch tall.
  5. Secure the cardboard frame with glue.
  6. In order to band the paper tubes together, take a rubber band and wrap the smallest piece to the next sized paper tube in a figure eight pattern. Secure one rubber band on each side of the tube and repeat with each layer.
  7. Place the tubes in the xylophone frame and use chopsticks to explore the different sounds it makes!


You can label the tubes C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C from largest to smallest and look up songs for your kids to learn.

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