My husband is very patient with me and my love of crafts. When he spotted this DIY Ukulele gift from Papersource, he didn’t hesitate to buy it for me. At first I was very overwhelmed (and annoyed) because I had no idea when I’d find time to decorate and assemble a ukulele. And I don’t know how to play a string instrument.
But I stopped by Michaels one day, asked for advice, and picked up the missing supplies. I took advantage of my son’s nap time to complete the entire project in less than a week. It wasn’t easy and the instructions in the kit were not very clear. Here are my additional tips that were not included in the kit:
- Sand down the ukulele (I should have sanded my ukulele).
- Glue the neck to the base and use binding tape or clamps to hold it together until the glue dries. Then glue the fretboard to the neck.
- Paint the ukulele using acrylic paint (not included in the kit).
- Cover the paint in a modge podge or clear varnish. Since you’ll touch the ukulele a lot, this will keep the paint protected.
- Be careful when installing the bridge, I believe the saddle should be closest part to the fretboard. In this particular kit, I think the instructions show the bridge up-side-down.
- Ukuleles need to be tuned frequently. Once the ukulele is built, download this free tuning app.
I should have read these detailed instructions and watched YouTube videos BEFORE getting started. But I was still able to figure it out and I made a ukulele! Then I spent the weekend learning a few (very basic) songs. I can’t wait to play songs for my son.