How to Make a PVC Saxophone

Things You'll Need

  • PVC pipe

  • Paper towel tube

  • Toilet paper tube

  • Paper bowl

  • Masking tape

  • Bowl

  • Cornstarch

  • Papier mache pulp

  • Acrylic paint, metallic

  • Paintbrush

  • Acrylic glaze, clear

Make a 3-D saxaphone using simple materials.

When you teach kids about different musical instruments, you can make the lesson more exciting and entertaining by showing them how to construct a 3-D version of an instrument out of basic materials. For example, you can construct a 3-D saxophone using simple household materials, such as a PVC pipe and masking tape. This will enable the children to better understand what saxophones look like and will allow them to feel what it's like to hold one.

Step 1

Place a PVC pipe that is 24 inches long on a flat surface and tape a paper towel tube onto one end. Position the paper towel tube so it is angled upward at a 45-degree angle and fasten it with masking tape.

Step 2

Use masking tape to fasten a paper bowl onto the end of the paper towel tube with the rim of the bowl facing out.

Step 3

Tape a toilet paper tube onto the other end of the PVC pipe using masking tape. Position the toilet paper tube at a 90-degree angle.

Step 4

Combine 1 cup of cornstarch and 2 cups of papier mache pulp in a bowl. Pour 2 cups of hot water into the bowl and stir the mixture for 1 minute. Allow the mixture to sit for 30 minutes to cool and thicken.

Step 5

Spread the papier mache mixture over the entire PVC saxophone. Allow the saxophone to dry for 4 hours.

Step 6

Paint the PVC saxophone with metallic acrylic paint. Select any color you prefer. Paint on holes and buttons like a real saxophone. Allow the paint to dry for 20 minutes.

Step 7

Apply a layer of clear acrylic glaze, which will make the saxophone appear shiny like an actual saxophone. Allow the glaze to dry for 20 minutes before playing with the PVC saxophone.