DIY Ukulele Case

by enslavedbyfaeries

Learn how to make an inexpensive case for your new ukulele using the cardboard box it was packaged in when you bought it.

DIY Ukulele Case

Ukuleles Are Inexpensive & Totally Portable

Ukulele cases can cost as much as the instrument itself so I decided to make my own!

Ukuleles are more popular than ever and and their small size makes them easily portable for musical fun on-the-go! Best of all, they are also fairly inexpensive and affordable to most everyone. You can buy a good quality ukulele for less than a hundred dollars and if you shop around and are willing to go through the trouble of replacing cheap strings with better quality ones, you can even find a decent uke for as low as 20 bucks.

Once you decide on which ukulele to buy and start strumming, you're probably going to want to take it everywhere you go because it's just that awesome! Campouts, picnics, parties and even the laundromat or more fun when you have a ukulele with you, but beginners may not want to fork over the extra cash for a case to tote it in. Hard shell ukulele cases can often cost as much as the instrument itself. Yikes!

Cheapskate do-it-yourselfers can rejoice because it's easy to re-use the cardboard box your new ukulele was packaged in when you bought and turn it into a sturdy travel case. The cool part is that you can customize it with different colors and patterns for a one-of-a-kind look that suits your personality.

Learn how to make a homemade case for your ukulele right here! Once you've followed the diy ukulele case instructions below, feel free to accessorize it with purse handles or shoulder straps to fit your needs.

Homemade Ukulele Case

DIY Ukulele Case Supply List

A few things you'll need to gather before you begin this project.
  • cardboard ukulele case
  • scissors
  • glue gun
  • Mod Podge (matte, gloss or fabric + hard coat)
  • 1" foam paint brushes
  • rubber brayer
  • fabric (exterior and lining)*
  • drop cloth (optional)

 *You'll need a couple of yards of fabric, -about 1 1/2 yards each for the exterior and the lining. (The exact amount will depend on the size of your ukulele.) You do not need to buy new off-the-bolt fabric for this project! Check out a local thrift shop or yard sale for great deals on vintage sheets, tablecloths, etc. or use something you already have on hand.  Heavyweight upholstery fabric works great for the lining and provides a soft landing spot for your ukulele. The exterior can made of any cotton-like fabric or even old wallpaper, wrapping paper, etc. If you're feeling extra spunky, try patching scraps and pieces for a vintage, retro-chic look!

All of the other supplies featured in this tutorial are readily at most local fabric or craft stores, so there's no need to order online, but I've featured them here anyway so you'll know exactly what to look for.

Mod Podge Glue

Gloss Finish

Mod Podge Glue

Matte Finish

Mod Podge Hard Coat Sealer

This what you'll want to use to seal the exterior of your ukulele case with after you glue your fabric on with Mod Podge. It gives it a nice hard coat that will be sturdy and durable.

Rubber Brayer

You'll need a rubber brayer like this to smooth out the wrinkles in your fabric after you glue it on with Mod Podge.


DIY Ukulele Case Video Tutorial

Instructions and photos to make a homemade ukulele case.

About The Ukulele Featured In The Video

The cardboard box I used in the video was included with my husband's LU-21T ukulele.
Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele

The ukulele box shown in this tutorial came with my husband's Lanikai LU-21T tenor ukulele that we got him for Father's Day. It is a well-built, sweet sounding uke and the tenor size is perfect for him.


More Ukulele Articles by enslavedbyfaeries

My personal reviews of two popular beginner ukuleles.

Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele Review + Photos

Lanikai LU-21 Soprano Ukulele Review + Photos

Updated: 06/03/2013, enslavedbyfaeries
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ohcaroline on 08/19/2011

Great article and do it yourself instructional. Welcome to Wizzley and best of success to you here.

TilenHrovatic on 08/18/2011

really cool article and tutorial :)

petunia on 08/18/2011

I have always wanted to play a ukelele! Wonder if I am too old to learn? And your case is such a super idea!

Ralpapajan on 08/18/2011

This is a super idea. It could also be used on a half-sized guitar used by kids. My granddaughters Guitar case DID cost more than the guitar. Mom told the shop to throw away the box. If only she knew then what I know now.

Well done for that and clear instructions as well.

I'm tone deaf so will sing a Cyber Wizzley Welcome to you.

chefkeem on 08/17/2011

If I had a ukulele, I would play a hearty welcome-on-wizzley tune for ya. :)

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