The Cardboard guitar has connections that you can press your fingers on your left hand against on the neck. Also a touch plate which you touch with your right hand. The result is similar to a regular guitar; put your fingers on a "chord" on the neck, and make it sound as you strum with the other hand.

What you will need:

  • Quirkbot
  • Alligator clips
  • Cardboard
  • Tin Foil
  • Double Sided Tape and/or glue
  • Cutting Mat
  • Utility Knife & Scissors


These PDF files can be used as templates for cutting by hand, or even used with a laser cutter. Combine multiple layers glued or taped together so the guitar is rigid enough!




There are different ways to make the Cardboard Guitar function. Also, the output can be configured to fit the particular program you want to control. You can use Quirkbot as a keyboard that sends commands to a music program, or an online web app that creates the actual sound.

We are working on putting up more interesting things here soon. In the meantime, please experiment yourself!

This code outputs the keys as A, S, D, F and G.