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How to Draw a Xylophone in 9 Easy Steps

Easy steps in drawing a xylophone.

Did you know that a xylophone is a percussion instrument? Yes, you read that right! The xylophone is a percussion instrument made up of wooden bars that are hit with mallets. Like glockenspiel, is essentially a series of tuned keys arranged in the manner of a piano keyboard.

Each bar is an idiophone tuned to a musical scale pitch, whether pentatonic or heptatonic in the case of many African and Asian instruments, diatonic in the case of many western children’s instruments, or chromatic in the case of orchestral instruments.

Now, it’s your turn to learn how to draw Xylophone in 9 easy steps! Simply follow this step-by-step tutorial.

Easy steps in drawing a xylophone.


  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Coloring Material


Step 1: Draw the Frame

Draw the frame of the Xylophone.

Let’s start your xylophone by drawing the frame. From the upper left side of your paper, draw a diagonal going down and another diagonal on the right side of it. These two diagonal lines will form a wide space on the top and slowly the space will get thinner until it reaches the bottom part.

Then draw two lines to enclose the diagonal lines that you’ve outlined earlier. Inside the frame draw two diagonal lines with 1inch apart each line. Be sure that those two diagonals inside will have a slight overlap of the top and bottom frame.  

Step 2: Draw the Tone Bars

Drawing the tone bars of the xylophone.

To make those lines more visible, add another diagonal line inside the frame. Then connect the two diagonal lines with a short curve line. You can check the given image in step 2. Draw 8 tone bars inside it. These tone bars look like short and long rectangles. Make sure that the distance between each tone bar must be observed.

Step 3: Remove Extra lines

Remove extra lines on the tone bars.

To give emphasis to your tone bars, let’s erase some extra lines in your drawing. Erase those lines inside the tone bars. With that, we can now clearly see our tone bar in the xylophone. Again, erase only the lines inside the tone bars.

Step 4: Add Details

Fourth steps in drawing a xylophone.

Now, let’s add details to your drawing. On both sides of your tone bars, draw a short diagonal line. Start drawing the diagonal line, from the edge inside the small tone bar going down. Then do it on the 2nd tone bar until you finish the 8th or the last tone bar.

Step 5: Remove Extra Lines

Remove extra detail on the xylophone.

In this step, you just simply have to erase and clean extra lines to have a clearer drawing. Remove the line that serves as the frame of your drawing in step 1. Do not include the short diagonal line that you’ve drawn in step 4. Then, below the xylophone draw two horizontal lines.

Step 6: Draw the mallets

Draw the mallets of the xylophone.

The next thing that we need to do is to draw the mallets. Mallets are sometimes made of hard rubber or plastic materials with a stick. Now let’s draw one small circle on each stick. Draw it on the left side of the line.

Step 7: Add More Details

Add details on the mallet of the xylophone.

This time let’s add more details to your mallets. Draw another horizontal line beside each stick that you’ve drawn earlier. Then connect the two horizontal lines with a short curve line. This will help your stick holder thicker.

Step 8: Add More Details

Eighth steps in drawing a xylophone.

Now, you are almost done! In this step, you simply add details to the xylophone. On both sides of the tone bars, draw medium size circles. Start drawing it from the small tone bar up to the bigger one. You can use a coin to make your circles perfect and good.

Step 9: Finish up!

Final steps in drawing a xylophone with colors.

The best part of this tutorial is the coloring task. We can be as colorful as we wanted it to be since some xylophones are made colorful. We are done with our drawing tutorial. Hope you joy exploring new things. Good job and congratulations little ones.

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