How to Make a Wind Instrument Using Items From Home

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Making a wind instrument from items you probably have around your home is a fun project for kids and parents. Teachers also can guide students in making a homemade wind instrument in order to teach about the science of sound or instrument families. A homemade "trumpet" is an instrument that you can make with a short list of resources and only a little time and effort. You can even play several different pitches on your newly crafted "horn"!

How to Make a Wind Instrument Using Items From Home
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Things You'll Need

  • Water hose
  • Plastic funnel
  • Tape
  • Scissors
Step 1

Cut a section of hose approximately two and a half feet in length.

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Step 2

Insert the funnel into one end of the hose and secure it in place with some tape. Duct tape or electrical tape will work best.

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Step 3

Form a loop by doubling the hose. The funnel end should be sticking out a few inches from the loop on one end, and the plain end of the hose should be sticking out a few inches on the other end. The plain end will serve as a mouthpiece. If you have an actual trumpet mouthpiece, you can insert it in this end and tape it in place, but it's not necessary.

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Step 4

Tape the looped section to hold the loop in place.

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Step 5

Hold the trumpet with one hand on the loop and the other hand supporting mouthpiece. Place your lips on the mouthpiece and buzz your lips in order to make a sound with the instrument. The tighter your lips are, the higher the pitch will be. The looser your lips are, the lower the pitch will sound.

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