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.

References

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