May 22, 2013

Homemade Rainbow Xylophone

Do you remember the window casings that we used to create these giant letters outdoors?  Well, I finally found another use for them.  We made an xylophone for our backyard.  Three cheers for reusing and upcycling.  Hooray!  And now we can make music outdoors.

Giant Homemade Rainbow Xylophone from And Next Comes L

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I have seen many tutorials to make xylophones using 2x4s, but I figured that the window casings would work.  And they totally do!  It was pretty easy to make too.  The painting, however, was a little time consuming, but completely worth it, in my opinion.

First, I asked my husband to cut the casings into bars, starting with an 8" bar and adding 2" in length until I had the longest bar at 30".

J and I spent an entire afternoon painting the bars together while K had his nap.  We used acrylic paint.  I then sealed all the pieces with a couple of coats of Mod Podge.  When they were all dry, J took some time to assemble a rainbow.

Giant Homemade Rainbow Xylophone from And Next Comes L

Giant Homemade Rainbow Xylophone from And Next Comes L

Then my husband cut two 2x4s to the same length.  I have no idea what the length was, but long enough to fit all the pieces like so.

Giant Homemade Rainbow Xylophone from And Next Comes L

Then we attached the bars of the xylophone to the 2x4s using a nail gun.  Then it was finally time to play!

Giant Homemade Rainbow Xylophone from And Next Comes L

Giant Homemade Rainbow Xylophone from And Next Comes L

It's wonderful, right?  I know you want to make one too...

Giant Homemade Rainbow Xylophone from And Next Comes L

This post was part of the "Music Fun for Your Little One" series brought to you by me and House of Burke.  Be sure to read all the other posts in the series!


Four Music Games for Toddlers & Preschoolers {And Next Comes L}
Giant Chalk Keyboard {And Next Comes L}
Musical Hide and Seek {And Next Comes L}
Music Themed Sensory Bin {And Next Comes L}
Piano Quiet Book Page {And Next Comes L}
Creating a Musical Environment for Baby {House of Burke}
Exploring Percussion with Baby and a Musical Sensory Shaker Bottle {House of Burke}
Fun with Music Notes {House of Burke}
Instrument Exploration with Baby: Piano {House of Burke}
Instrument Exploration with Baby: Drums {House of Burke}
ROCK-a-bye: Exploring the Guitar with Baby {House of Burke}



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18 comments:

  1. What a beautiful instrument!

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    1. Thanks! I think it's pretty fabulous.

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  2. This is just so cool! I didn't realize how big it was until I saw the other pictures. You need to make an entire set of instruments for the backyard now :-).

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    1. It is pretty big! And I want to make more. I already have plans for the extra rods from our deck railing kit.

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  3. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing with us on Share It Saturday1 We are sharing your post with our FB followers today :)

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  4. Oh yes I DO want to make one too! This is fantastic! And such a bonust that it's made from upcycled materials, Dyan! Wonderful!

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    1. Thanks, Jackie! I love how it turned out!

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  5. My kiddo would LOVE this. And I love how pretty it is! Featuring you on my blog tonight!

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    1. It is pretty, isn't it? Thanks for featuring it!

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  6. So awesome - just so awesome. I have to make this for my grandson!!

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    1. Thanks, Deborah! I am sure your grandson would love it.

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  7. Love this idea so much Dyan! I've featured you on my Tuesday Tots post this week. Thanks so much for linking up. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured at button if you like! http://www.oneperfectdayblog.net/2013/05/28/outdoor-play-ideas-for-kids/

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    1. Thanks for featuring it, Ness!

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  8. This looks fun; I like the bright colors :)

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  9. Do you know what notes each one makes?

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    1. Sorry, I do not. We just made it on a whim so I have no idea what the exact pitches would be.

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