How to make a kazoo with a straw

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How to make a kazoo with a straw
Use a drinking straw to make a kazoo. (straw image by Henryk Olszewski from

A kazoo is an instrument that makes a buzzing sound as a result of air vibrating a small piece of paper inside the instrument when you hum into it. You can make a type of kazoo out of a drinking straw. When you cut the straw a certain way, the end of the straw vibrates much like a reed in a wind instrument, thereby producing a kazoo-like tone. This craft is simple to make and can be completed quickly.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Drinking straw
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Bite on the end of a straight drinking straw in order to flatten it.

  2. 2

    Cut an upside down "V" into the flattened end of the straw.

  3. 3

    Place the straw into your mouth so that the pointed end of the V is securely inside your lips.

  4. 4

    Blow into the pointed end of the straw gently so that it vibrates and makes a sound like a kazoo.

Tips and warnings

  • If the straw does not seem to be making a buzzing sound when you blow into it, take it out of your mouth and separate the ends of the V shape. Put it back into your mouth and try again.

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