How to Make a Pan Flute

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Making a pan flute allows you to experience the magical and mysterious sound that dates back more than 6000 years to Greek mythology. The sound of a pan flute can be sad and haunting or light and airy. The tubes of a pan flute can number from five to twenty-four or more and are usually made of bamboo. Today pan flutes can also be made out of PVC pipe.

Things You'll Need

  • Bamboo
  • Five pennies
  • Electrical or duct tape
  • Twine
  • Saw
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Purchase 3 feet of bamboo, with an interior diameter of about ½ inch, at your local craft store. If you live where bamboo grows, you can cut a 3 foot section and let it dry.

  • Cut the bamboo into five sections being careful not to include the nodules, or joints, in the section pieces. These pieces should measure 6 1/16 inch, 5 3/8 inch, 4 3/4 inch, 3 15/16 inch and 3 7/16 inch.

  • Cover one end of each pipe with a penny and secure it with electrical or duct tape. Each piece of tape should be 2 inches square.

  • Wrap twine around the tape and secure it with hot glue from a glue gun.

  • Lay the bamboo sections in a line from largest too smallest and glue them together, side by side, using the hot glue gun.

  • Secure the attached bamboo sections with two areas of twine. Wrap the twine around all of the sections of the pan flute three or four times ½ inch from the top of the pan flute and ½ inch above the shortest section of the flute.

  • Glue the ends of the twine securely with the hot glue gun.

Tips & Warnings

  • To make a sound blow into the pipe across the top. It is similar to blowing into an empty soda bottle.
  • A pan flute with these measurements will sound the notes of C, D, G and A.

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