Trivia time! Did you guys know that my major in college was music? Yup, I’m a music nerd to the core. And after college, I taught high school choir for a few years and then made a living as a musical theatre performer for another few years before making my way into the world of blogging. Music still is a huge part of my life — I play a whole mess of instruments and I sing, too. So today we kind of have two parts of my world colliding with this little painted pineapple ukulele project! Ryan and I pull out the uke all the time to play and sing for Henry, and I kind of had an itch to make a cool little uke that we could have just for him. And here it is!
- DIY ukulele kit
- craft paint
- craft paintbrushes
- painter’s tape
- light grit sandpaper
- wood sealer
- gold paint pen
Make Time: 5 Hours (Plus Drying Time)
Step 1: Your kit should come with all of the uke pieces you’ll need. Start by masking off the sides of the body with painter’s tape and painting the front of the uke yellow. It may take a couple of coats.
Step 2: Once the yellow is dry, paint a lighter shade of yellow along one side of the body to give some dimension.
Step 3: Use a ruler to create a criss-cross pattern over the yellow once the paint is thoroughly dry. Add a dot to the center of each square that you create.
Step 4: Paint a random leaf pattern in a light green on the headstock of the uke. Once the light green is dry, outline the leaves with a darker green.
Step 5: Allow all the paint to dry and put your uke together according to the directions on your specific packaging.
Step 6: If necessary, sand any rough spots on the uke. Cover with a sealer and let cure.
Now invite some friends over and have a good ol’ fashioned sing-a-long! I was too shy to put a video of me playing and singing here, but word on the street is that you’ll find one on my Facebook page, and maybe Instagram or Snapchat (@lovely-indeed) later today. Eeeek!
Do you play any instruments? If you’re dying to put together this little uke but don’t play, my favorite ukulele website is Ukulele Underground. They have fantastic tutorials and you’ll be strumming a tune in no time. Have fun, lovelies! xoxo