How to Make a Simple Paper Plate Banjo Craft

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Need a simple craft to make for Black History Month? Check out this paper plate banjo craft. It was inspired by Elmer Snowden, one of the leading jazz banjo players of his time. I was also inspired by Rhiannon Giddens, a two-time GRAMMY Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning singer and instrumentalist. Yes, I was introduced to her music after her feature on “Texas Hold ‘Em” by Beyoncé. The singer made history as the first Black woman to top Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart. Hope you enjoy making this craft with your family to celebrate Black History Month!

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Supplies for Paper Plate Banjo

Directions

  1. First, add a few drops of paint a small paper plate. Then use a foam brush to paint the rim of your paper plate any color paint. Set it aside to dry.
  2. Next, use scissors to cut two pipe cleaners in half. You will need at least three pieces for your banjo.
  3. Hot glue the three pieces of pipe cleaners to the center of the paper plate. They will represent the strings of your banjo.
  4. Cut a rectangle strip from recycled cardboard. This will represent the neck of the banjo. It should be at least 10 inches long. Use a black marker to add at least three lines to represent the strings on the neck of the banjo. I used a ruler but that is optional.
  5. Finally, hot glue four pom poms at the top of the cardboard strip (neck). The pom poms will represent the tuning pegs. Hot glue the cardboard to the back of the paper plate banjo.

This was such a fun craft to make. We learned so much about Black banjo players and country singers who are shaping the future of country music.

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Watch the video below to see how to make this paper plate banjo craft for Black History Month. Make sure to follow me on YouTube for more fun content!

You can find these cool books about music on Amazon (As an Amazon Associate, I’ll earn a commission, at no additional cost to you. This only applies if you click through and make a purchase. Thank you for your support!), your local library or visit your local book shop.

Here are more African American banjo players you should check out:

  • Dr. Angela Wellman
  • Henry St. Claire Fredericks Jr. aka “Taj Mahal”
  • Amythyst Kiah
  • Hubby Jenkins
  • Valerie June
  • Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton
  • Dom Flemons
  • Justin Robinson
  • Tray Wellington

Learn about Black History Month with these awesome books for kids and teens. You can find these books on Amazon (As an Amazon Associate, I’ll earn a commission, at no additional cost to you. This only applies if you click through and make a purchase. Thank you for your support!), your local library or visit your local book shop. If you’re looking for a Black-owned business in Tampa Bay to support, check out Cultured Books or Black English Bookstore. You can also order from them online.

Watch the video below to learn about Tampa’s Black History. Make sure to follow me on YouTube for more amazing content!

Looking for more ways to celebrate Black History Month? Visit my Pinterest board for great ideas or check out these fun art projects below:

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