How to make a simple wind instrument

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How to make a simple wind instrument
A garden hose can form the body of a homemade woodwind instrument. (running water hose image by Katrina Miller from

Woodwind instruments produce sound when you blow through or over a mouthpiece, making a vibrating column of air. You can easily make your own woodwind instruments at home with just a few simple tools and materials.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 3-foot length of garden hose
  • Snap-on hose connector
  • Duct tape
  • Funnel
  • Glass or plastic bottles of various sizes
  • Paper or plastic drinking straw
  • Scissors

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    Garden Hose Horn

  1. 1

    Place the small end of the funnel into one end of the hose and duct tape it in place to form a bell for your horn.

  2. 2

    Place the small end of the hose connector into the other end of the hose and duct tape it in place to form a mouthpiece for your horn.

  3. 3

    Coil the hose into a circle with the bell and the mouthpiece overlapping about 4 inches. Duct tape the circle in place.

  4. 4

    To play the garden hose horn, place your lips inside the mouthpiece and buzz them to produce a sound.

    Bottle Flute

  1. 1

    Blow across the top of bottles, noting how the sound changes with bottles of different shapes and sizes.

  2. 2

    Add water to the bottles to see how the sound changes.

  3. 3

    Adjust the amount of water in each of the bottles to change their pitch and see if you can play a recognisable song such as "Happy Birthday."

    Straw Oboe

  1. 1

    Use your fingers to flatten one end of the straw for about 1 inch.

  2. 2

    Use the scissors to cut diagonally from the flattened end of the straw outward about 1/4 inch. This will give you two pointed ends as your mouthpiece.

  3. 3

    Place the mouthpiece in your mouth and lightly blow to produce sound.

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