How to Make a Jukebox Craft

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Cardboard can be painted to resemble the wood, metal and light-up features of a jukebox.
Cardboard can be painted to resemble the wood, metal and light-up features of a jukebox. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Jukeboxes are one of the most popular props for 1950s-themed events. The vibrant, light-up music players are bulky and come with a similarly hefty price tag, even for rental purposes. For party planners and decorators interested in adding a jukebox to their festivities for the aesthetic, inexpensive jukebox props can be made from lightweight cardboard boxes and craft paper. With a little imagination and paint, over-sized home appliance boxes can be turned into a colorful jukebox craft, the perfect addition to a '50s backdrop.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard box
  • Box cutter
  • Masking tape
  • Butcher paper
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Permanent marker

Disassemble a large cardboard box with a box cutter. Create the jukebox's characteristic rounded-top shape by cutting away the square edges at the top of the two largest box sides.

Trim the excess cardboard to your desired jukebox width with the box cutters. Tape the cardboard width pieces to the inside of the rounded jukebox fronts with masking tape. Tape the pieces perpendicular to the rounded jukebox fronts to stabilize the two freestanding pieces.

Trim butcher paper to the width of the cardboard jukebox structure using scissors. Wrap the trimmed butcher paper around the jukebox sides to hide the inner cardboard structure.

Secure the butcher paper sides by taping the underside of the paper to the inner edges of the cardboard jukebox sides with masking tape.

Decorate the jukebox as desired with the paint and paintbrushes. Most jukeboxes include lighted edges; a selection keypad; a song listing and a window to view CDs, records or album covers. Let the paint dry completely.

Outline any final details or text on the craft jukebox with the permanent marker.

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