Making Wind Instruments from Recycled and Household Materials
One of our teaching artists, Aaron Goldman, shared some techniques for making instruments at the Recycled Art Project Skill Share this month.
Making a horn with a straw:
- Flatten the end of a straw and cut into a pointed triangular tip.
- Play into the straw and cut the other end to adjust the pitch.
- Roll a piece of poster board or heavy paper into a cone, with the straw fitted into the smallest end. This will amplify the sound!
Making a bass wind instrument:
- Cut off the end of the thumb of a plastic glove.
- Fit a small piece of plastic tubing into the opening and use the cut-off piece as a rubber band to hold it on by cutting a slit in the top. Make sure the seal is airtight.
- Attach the opening of the glove around a large recycled cardboard tube and triple wrap a rubber band to make that seal air-tight.
- Play your instrument by pulling the glove down (hold the top of the cardboard tube around eye-level) and blowing into the end of the small plastic tube.