Trivia time! Did you know that my major in college was music? And after college, I taught high school choir and then worked as a musical theatre performer in NYC 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 project as I show you how to make a painted pineapple ukulele!
Ryan and I pull out the ukelele all the time to play and sing for the kids, and I kind of had an itch to make a cool little uke that we could have just for them. A ukulele is a great family instrument — easy to learn, fun to play, and perfect for sing-a-longs. In fact, after you learn how to make a painted pineapple ukulele, you can learn to play a bunch of songs with the lesson series we put together! Here they are: Lesson 1, Lesson 2, and Lesson 3. Now let’s make this thing and start strumming!
How to Make a Painted Pineapple Ukulele
- DIY ukulele kit
- craft paint
- craft paintbrushes
- painter’s tape
- light grit sandpaper
- wood sealer
- gold paint pen
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 to get even, opaque coverage. Add coats until you’re satisfied with the coverage.
Step 2: Once the yellow is dry, paint a lighter shade of yellow, following the curve 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. We placed our lines about an inch apart; the same width as the ruler we were using. 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, use a thin paintbrush tooutline the leaves with a darker green.
Step 5: Allow all the paint to dry thoroughly. We recommend at least 24 hours to dry and cure. After the paint is dry, then you can assemble your uke 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! Also, if you want to see this pineapple cutie in action, then check out our video of me singing to baby Henry.
And that’s it, folks — how to make a painted pineapple ukulele! Do you play any instruments? Be sure to check out our Ukulele 101 series if you don’t know how and would like to learn to play. The tutorials are super simple and will have you strumming in no time. Have fun! xoxo