This Mini Lid Banjo craft was Originally Published on June 1, 2015 and has been updated for 2019
Make some mini banjos from old jar lids and loom bands with a craft stick handle. This is a fun stem or steam craft for kids and the finished miniature banjo is so adorable!
Once finished, your mini banjo’s loom band strings make a very soft strumming sound (which parents might prefer, haha!).
You might also like these cardboard tube shakers.
Jar lids and washi tape are both things I’ve been collecting for a while, feeling sure that they would come in handy for some future craft idea (I may have been called a hoarder once or twice).
Now I’ve finally used them for something – hooray! The kids love these mini banjos so much that they don’t even mind that I raided their loom band collection for the strings. You can make your own Mini Lid Banjo in less than ten minutes (and that’s a conservative estimate).
How to make a mini lid banjo
You will need:
Place four loom bands over the lid and secure in place with a pice of duct tape as shown (I did try hot glue gun for a more seamless finish but guess what? the loom bands melted and snapped as soon as they touched the hot glue – whoops!)
Next cut the end from your jumbo craft stick and decorate it with a washi tape pattern.
Now attach the lid with loom bands in place to the craft stick with a second piece of duct tape.
Finally use small dabs of craft glue to stick on your sequins, or alternatively use plastic gems or a marker to draw the little tuning knobs on the end of your banjo handle.
That’s all! The sound is less amazing than I’d hoped for but they do look cute and that’s the most important thing don’t you think?
For tons of fun ways to repurpose all sorts of things visit my Recycle and Repurpose board on Pinterest.
More STEM craft ideas kids will love
- Make some fun Cardboard Tube Shakers
- These sponge boats are fun in the bath tub or for outdoor play
- OR what about a balloon powered sponge boat?
- Did you know that you can make an iphone speaker from a paper roll?
- What about a DIY straw swing set or see-saw? So fun!