Picasso’s Cardboard Guitars

Need to use up old scraps of cardboard? Why not turn them into guitars!


Our inspiration, Picasso’s Guitar Painting….


Studio Time

1. Shape. Students drew the shape of the guitar with pencil on the back of corrugated paper. As an option some students used templates, some did not.

2. Construction. Students then cut out the guitar shape and added an additional long, narrow piece of cardboard to represent the neck of the guitar.

3. Details. Strings were added with jute or twine and short toilet paper tubes were glued under the strings to hold the them up. Add some funky oil pastels designs, scraps of paper for the hole of the guitar and glue down old buttons to complete the look.


These were so fun to create and the students had a blast!

Keep on creating!


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    March 19, 2011 at 1:28 am

    These are fabulous! I will definitely be appropriating this idea soon! I really enjoy your blog and find many ideas to use in my classroom. Thank you for your efforts.

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    Janie B
    March 19, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Very cute idea!

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    Calling All Sleepyheads
    March 19, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Awesome-I have some corrugated paper-now I know what to do with it!

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    March 19, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    I'm in love! I can picture my kids strumming these up and down the halls, “rocking out”!! I don't even think I need to tie it in w/Picasso or anyone – I want to do it JUST FOR FUN!!!

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    March 19, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Thanks guys!
    Phyl, I know they are so fun! I just always try to “Standards based” every project. 🙂 The kids who are not in Art Club are asking who made those????? I always try to have some different projects to keep the clients coming for next years club.HAHA

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    Ricky Addy
    March 29, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Great creative pics. I really likes these all pics……..

    paper corrugating machine

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    Do Art!
    April 1, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Great project! I am going to try this project with one of my summer classes-I've done Picasso style guitars in various ways-check out my blog-DoArtImagineExploreCreat.blogspot.com for a blue period lesson. (if you like)

    I have also done a painted wood cut out guitar (using collage materials and twisteez wire for the strings) as a Willam H.Johnson lesson-kids LOVE that one! Thanks for sharing-I added you to my blog list.

    Your banner is wonderful too and is inspiring me for an upcoming Hundertwasser lesson I have scheduled. Did you get the idea from him? It has a very similar feel to his work.

    From Do Art!

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    April 1, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Thanks Edna!
    The header was just a mural I had 2nd and 3rd graders create. I put up the paper and told them to paint flowers. 4th graders came in next and added oil pastels designs. 2nd graders made the little houses. SO fun and SOOO easy! 🙂

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    Eves Studio
    May 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Wow!!! awesome idea….i will definately be trying this out with art camp this summer…..ill even bring in my guitar for reference!!!!

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    Andrea Werboff
    April 23, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    How many (1hr) class periods did this take? Great project.

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      May 9, 2021 at 7:40 pm

      2- 40 minute classes

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