Violins can be expensive, and not everyone can afford a beautifully-crafted high-end instrument – but no problem, because you can easily make your own for a fraction of the cost.
For anyone who wants to try, we’ve scoured the internet to see what other people are doing – and here are our top 21 homemade violin plans you can DIY easily.
1. How to Make a Violin: a step-by-step guide
If you’re looking for plans that will help you get starting in making your own DIY violin, this site could be a useful first stop. It explains how this violinist makes violins in his spare time – he made his first at the age of only 14 – and gives you all the information you need to have a go yourself. Making a playable violin is an ambitious challenge – but this is a plan that will point you in the right direction.
2. DIY Violin Free Plans
Nowadays, DIY is so much more hi-tech than it used to be just a few years ago – and this plan is a good example since it shows you how to make a laser-cut violin. For those who can copy the techniques, it could be an interesting option to try – but for anyone else, it’s still worth a look to see what’s possible with the right equipment.
3. How to Make Your Own Shoebox Violin
Here’s a plan for something right at the other end of the scale – rather than laser cutting your DIY violin, this is a plan for one made from a shoebox. This plan is a great option if you are looking for a craft project to work on with kids. They’ll love making their own instrument, they’re sure to enjoy playing it – and it may even encourage them to take up playing the real thing.
4. How to Make a Violin
It pretty much goes without saying that whenever we do a roundup of DIY projects, one of the plans will inevitably come from the Instructables website – so here it is. We love this site because it’s such a great resource for just about any kind of DIY plan you can imagine, and as ever, you’ll find clear instructions, a step-by-step guide and plenty of useful images to help you see what you should be doing. A recommended plan that’s well worth a look.
5. DIY Violin for Under $50
If you want to take up the violin but you don’t have the money to invest in an expensive instrument, what can you do? Simple – you make your own. If that sounds like an option you’d be interested in exploring, here’s a video showing you how to make a DIY violin from a kit that costs less than $50. An ideal solution to satisfy your musical urge.
6. Making a DIY Electric Violin
Here’s another advanced DIY project for those with the necessary equipment. It shows you how to build your own electric violin using a laser cutter. The plan consists mainly of a time-lapse video showing the DIYer at work – and if you’re like us, even if you don’t have a laser cutter to try it yourself, you’re sure to enjoy watching as the instrument takes shape.
7. DIY Homemade Violin
For something simple that anybody can attempt at home, this plan shows you how to construct a DIY violin from just about any kind of box you might have lying around. Sure, you won’t be playing this violin in any orchestras, but it’s fun to try making it. There are clear instructions along with a video to help, making this an accessible project for just about anyone.
8. How to Make an Easy Violin
If you have access to wood, plastic pots, carton, fishing line and plastic ribbon, you can make your own violin. There’s nothing there that’s hard to find, and everything you need is either free or very inexpensive. So if you’re looking for a plan to make a violin that will cost you next to nothing, this could be just the thing.
9. Making a DIY Violin
This is another great YouTube video plan that shows you how to build your own violin from some simple materials that you can probably find at home. This difference here, though, is that when the YouTuber finishes the job and starts playing…it sounds amazing! Again, this is not a violin you’re going to play in a concert, but for a DIY effort, it’s highly impressive. Great job!
10. DIY Miniature Violin
For those who want to try something a little different, this is a video that should be worth checking out. You won’t be using this violin to play music – because it’s about the size of your finger. But if you’re looking for a set of instructions for how to make a miniature violin, this could be a fun project to attempt.
11. How to Build a Violin
Another of our favorite sites is WikiHow, a resource that tells you how to do just about anything you can think of – including making your own violin. As the site explains, making a violin is a complicated and intricate process, but if you are keen to try for yourself, this plan has all the information you need.
12. DIY Travel Violin
One of the problems faced by many violinists is that it is not a convenient instrument to carry with you when you travel. A violin case is bulky, and the instrument itself can be expensive, meaning it’s not ideally adapted to life on the road. The solution? Make a DIY violin that you can take with you anywhere you go. And here is a plan that will explain how.
13. How to Make a Violin
If you want to make your own violin, it’s important to know a bit about the history of the instrument as well as the kind of techniques that professionals have used down the centuries, and that’s what this video gives you. It isn’t a plan as such, but it does give you some background and theory that you’ll be able to apply when you make your own – and for that reason alone, it’s well worth a watch.
14. DIY Violin
Here’s another hi-tech plan for a homemade violin – you might recognize the YouTuber because he’s the same one who made the video in #2. You can see all the computer designs he made before he started building the violin, and then there are several videos to watch to see how it’s done. And then at the end, he asks his musician friend to test it against a “real” 115-year-old model. Another fascinating watch!
15. Making a Steampunk Violin
This video doesn’t show you how to build a new DIY violin from scratch – rather, it demonstrates how this YouTuber converted an old violin into a cool-looking Steampunk violin that anyone would be proud to own. Since it’s not completely a DIY job, it sounds great too, so if you want to spruce up your instrument and turn it into something unique, here’s a plan that can show you how.
16. The Violin-Making Manual
For anyone who wants to go a bit deeper into the art of violin making, this set of plans, explanations and diagrams will take you well beyond the basics. This is a plan for those who are more serious about making a proper instrument, but if that’s what you’re looking for, this is a great place to start.
17. DIY 3D-Printed Violin
Another plan that requires access to some modern equipment – this time a 3D printer – but if you have access to one, these instructions will allow you to construct a functional violin for no more than around $12. It might not match a proper one you can buy from a music store – but it’s impressive, nonetheless.
18. Galen Hartley Builds a Violin
As we mentioned above, if you want to make your own violin, it might be a good idea to watch a few videos of professionals making violins to help you pick up a few tips and tricks before having a go yourself. If that’s something you think might benefit you, this video is one you need to see.
19. Making a Violin from Scratch with Per Ovesen
This video is a mini documentary that takes you through the process of building a violin from scratch. Again, it’s not one that you’ll be able to replicate as an amateur, but it is one that will give you lots of useful info, making it another one that’s worth a look.
20. Building a DIY Violin Kit
Not everyone can build a violin from nothing, and if you want a slightly easier challenge, building one from a kit might be a better option. If you think that might be a better solution for you, this video will give you an idea of what to expect.
21. DIY Making a Cheap Violin Sound Better
To finish, here’s a different kind of DIY video – it shows you how to improve the sound of a cheap store-bought violin. You might not have the time, patience or skills to build your own, but at least you can make the most of one you buy. And to find out how, check out this plan.
Loads of fun plans to try
As you can see, there’s so much creativity on display in all these plans, and there are so many interesting options for you to attempt.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading and watching these plans as much as we have finding them for you – and above all, we hope you’ve found the inspiration you need to build your own DIY violin.