Easy DIY Xylophone from Coca-Cola™ Bottles

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This DIY Xylophone project is so cute--and EASY! I totally want to make this! LOL!

I was totally inspired the other day to make a ridiculously fun project–that has no other purpose but to make me smile. The “Share a Coke and a Song”  Coca-Cola products with song lyrics just made me want to make my own music–and so I made an Easy DIY Xylophone from Coca-Cola™ Bottles. Silly, I know, but you know you love it! LOL!

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I seriously love my DIY Xylophone. It’s going to be on my mantle for a while–with my DIY Diet Coke Clock I made a while back. Seriously, I love me some Coke.

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And don’t tell me you don’t want to bang-out a little song or two on your own xylophone…I mean, how cute? And what else were you going to do with those cute bottles after you chugged all the Coca-Cola? Heh.

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What You Need to Make Your DIY Xylophone

  • Cardboard Box
  • Decoupage Glue
  • Cloth to Cover Box
  • 6-12 Glass Coca-Cola Bottles (depending on desired length of xylophone)
  • Food Coloring
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Cutting Tool (box knife)
  • Carriage Bolt (to make the music with the xylophone)

I was just trolling through Brookshire’s, killing time before a doctor’s appointment when I saw the Coca-Cola bottles of sing-song-y-awesomeness. I mean, really? THEY HAVE A RECORD ON THEM. How could I not?!

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How to Make Your DIY Xylophone from Coca-Cola Bottles

Here’s a little video tutorial for those of you who, unlike me, love to run with scissors.

For those of you who need directions (like me):

  1. Trim your box to be just a little deeper than your Coca-Cola bottles.
  2. Trim some more box, doing pretty much whatever you need to (cutting it in half and pushing it in on itself, whatever) to make it just a little shorter than your bottles.
  3. Cut partially-open holes in one side of the box, on the long-side, spaced evenly-ish (math is not a requirement, but if you want, you can totally divide it nicely, this is your xylophone).
  4. Cover box in decoupage glue.
  5. Cover box in fabric.
  6. Cover fabric in decoupage glue.
  7. Allow to dry.
  8. Remove lids from Coca-Cola bottles VERY CAREFULLY, attempting to bend them as little as possible.
  9. Empty Coca-Cola bottles and rinse.
  10. Add 4-5 drops of food coloring to each bottle.
  11. Fill bottles in graduating amounts (a little in one, a little more in the next and so on until the last is full).
  12. Replace the lids on the bottles, adding a dab of hot glue to help it re-seal.
  13. Place the bottles in the box, with the neck of the bottle resting on one side and the bottom snugly placed in the hole.
  14. Use some hot glue to hold bottles in place.
  15. Bang-away (somewhat gently–they are glass afterall!) on your xylophone with the bolt!

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So, don’t forget to hit-up Brookshire’s for your Coca-Cola “Share a Coke and a Song” bottles to make your own Easy DIY Xylophone. You can also save on fuel or ever groceries just by using their register Thank You Card when you shop–earning one yourpoint for ever dollar spent! And, for every 100 yourpoints, you can save 10¢ per gallon on fuel OR for 500 yourpoints, you can save 5% off on groceries. Nice, yea? And to get your Coca-Cola Share a Song, be sure to download the Shazam App on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android or any other device. LOL!

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