If you are looking for a great indoor activity for the kids, consider making a toy xylophone. Even though the word xylophone means wood, you can make a toy xylophone from a variety of different products. Follow these steps to make a toy xylphone using PVC.
Prepare Materials for Xylophone
1 Use a hacksaw or fine-toothed saw to cut six pieces of PVC pipe. The first piece is 4 inches long. Add a 1/2 inch to each additional piece. Your last piece is 6 1/2 inches long.
2 Cut the remaining loose fragments from the ends of each piece of PVC pipe so that the ends are smooth.
3 Rub steel wool over the exterior of each PVC pipe until smooth. Then, wash each pipe and wipe them clean of debris.
4 Apply primer to each PVC pipe. Allow the primer to dry and then apply a different color of paint to each pipe. Allow the pipes to dry.
5 Cut a 1/2-inch-thick board into three pieces. Two are 2-by-10 inches and one is 6-by-12 inches.
6 Sand and then paint the boards one color. It’s best to paint these boards a color that is different from the colors used on the PVC pipes.
7 Cut two pieces of craft foam with scissors. The pieces should be 1/2 inch wide by 10 inches long. Glue one piece to each of 10-inch-long board along the 1/2 inch edge. This creates a cushion that the PCV pieces rest on.
Assemble the Xylophone
1 Hammer six small nails along each 10-inch board 1/2 inch from the edge without foam. Place the first nail 1/2 inch from the end and then space the remaining nails at 1 1/2 inch intervals. Stop hammering before the nail head is flush with the board so there is a slight gap.
2 Glue the edges without foam to the face of the larger board. The two boards should be parallel to each other and 2 inches apart. The small nails you inserted on Step 1 should be on the outside. You can use finishing nails to secure the boards in place.
3 Place the smallest PVC pipe over the first nails.
4 Wrap a rubber band around the PVC pipe and then bring it down and around the nail. Repeat this step with another rubber band on the other side. Double or triple wrap the rubber bands until the PVC pipe is securely attached to the board.
5 Place the next longest PVC pipe over the next set of nails and repeat Step 4. Continue placing the PVC pipes from shortest to longest, over the remaining sets of nails.
6Place your xylophone on a flat surface and then use a dowel to strike the pipes.