How to make a paper microphone

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How to make a paper microphone
Playing with a paper microphone is a fun way to pretend you are a celebrity. (Singer image by Ilija Mitrevski from

Making a microphone out of recycled paper products is an enjoyable way to spend a rainy day or one where hot or cold extreme temperatures keeps you indoors. Creating this type of microphone will inspire the whole family or a group of kids to sing, dance and create silly made-up songs. Soon you may find you are putting on talent shows or staging a spontaneous musical with a group of amateur stars. Homemade microphones are inexpensive to make and will showcase everyone's musical or emcee talents.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Empty paper-towel tube
  • Black yarn
  • Tape
  • Aluminium foil
  • Plastic hollow ball or a bouncy ball (approximately 3 inches in diameter)
  • Hot-glue gun or school glue

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  1. 1

    Fold the sides of 1 end of the paper-towel tube toward the middle. This will form a pointed shape. This will be the bottom end of the microphone.

  2. 2

    Cut black yarn into a 3-foot length and insert 1 end into the folded end of the paper-towel tube. Use a small piece of tape to secure it. Wrap the pointed end with tape to hold it together, but allow the yarn to hang down.This will be the pretend electrical wire for the microphone.

  3. 3

    Wrap the entire paper-towel tube with aluminium foil to give it the look of a professional microphone. Secure the edges with tape.

  4. 4

    Glue a hollow plastic ball or a bouncy ball to the open end of the paper towel tube. You can use school glue or a hot-glue gun to attach it. Let it dry. Now you are ready to delight your audience with a song.

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