How do you make homemade instruments?


Quick Answer

Gather materials from your kitchen, bathroom and craft cupboard, and add some imagination to make homemade musical instruments. Turn an oatmeal box or coffee can into a drum, a comb covered with tissue paper into a kazoo, paper plates and jingle bells into tambourines and paper tower rolls, waxed paper and rubber bands into horns.

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How do you make homemade instruments?
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  1. Design a drum

    Decorate a blank sheet of paper to wrap around an oatmeal box or coffee can. Secure with tape, and attach the lid. Use wooden spoons as sticks.

  2. Craft a kazoo

    Wrap a single layer of tissue paper over a hair comb (the bigger the better). Place the comb tissue combo against your mouth, and hum into it to make it sound like a kazoo.

  3. Jingle a tambourine

    Staple two paper plates together with face edges touching. Punch holes through both plates at 2-inch intervals. String bells onto 6-inch pieces of colorful yarn, and tie them onto the tambourine through the holes.

  4. Toot a horn

    With a rubber band, secure a 4-inch-square of waxed paper over the end of a paper towel or toilet paper roll. Simulate fingering valves by punching holes in the side of the paper roll with a pencil or by drawing circles with a marker.

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