How to Make a Paper Horn

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A paper horn is a simple and fun party noisemaker, a one-time use novelty item that you can make yourself from construction paper or recycled materials. This is a great holiday craft project for both kids and adults wanting to create a little good-natured noise and ruckus during the celebration of a special event.

Things You'll Need

  • Construction paper sheet
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Masking tape
  • Acrylic or poster paint
  • Glue
  • Decorations such as glitter or ribbon streamers

Roll the construction paper into a large cone with one pointed end and one open end. Adjust the angle as you roll the paper to make the open end of the cone as large as possible.

Trim away the paper on the open end that sticks out to make the edge flat. The horn should be able to sit perfectly upright on a flat surface.

Tape the cone shape securely in place. Run a long strip of double-sided tape along the entire inside length of the cone's seam.

Trim the small end of the paper cone. Cut away the tip of the cone at a point where it's wide enough to form a mouthpiece.

Form the mouthpiece. Roll the edges of the cut mouthpiece end into the cone to make the edge rounded and thick enough to be pressed against a player's lips.

Cover the mouthpiece in masking tape. Tear short pieces of masking tape and wrap them over the mouthpiece edge.

Decorate the horn. Use acrylic or poster paint to color the horn, and use glue to apply decorations such as glitter and streamers.

Play the horn. Press your lips firmly together and place the mouthpiece over them, centering it over the crack between your top lip and bottom lip. Blow a hard stream of air through your clamped lips to make a buzzing sound, which the horn amplifies.

Tips & Warnings

  • Glue a plastic whistle or kazoo into the mouthpiece for a noisier toy.
  • If the horns are for a birthday party, cover the construction paper in birthday gift wrap or a photo montage of the birthday boy/girl before rolling it up.

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References

  • The Paper Crafter's Bible; Elizabeth Moad; 2004
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