When you teach kids about different musical instruments, you can make the lesson more exciting and entertaining by showing them how to construct a 3-D version of an instrument out of basic materials. For example, you can construct a 3-D saxophone using simple household materials, such as a PVC pipe and masking tape. This will enable the children to better understand what saxophones look like and will allow them to feel what it's like to hold one.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- PVC pipe
- Paper towel tube
- Toilet paper tube
- Paper bowl
- Masking tape
- Papier mache pulp
- Acrylic paint, metallic
- Acrylic glaze, clear
Place a PVC pipe that is 24 inches long on a flat surface and tape a paper towel tube onto one end. Position the paper towel tube so it is angled upward at a 45-degree angle and fasten it with masking tape.
Use masking tape to fasten a paper bowl onto the end of the paper towel tube with the rim of the bowl facing out.
Tape a toilet paper tube onto the other end of the PVC pipe using masking tape. Position the toilet paper tube at a 90-degree angle.
Combine 1 cup of cornstarch and 2 cups of papier mache pulp in a bowl. Pour 2 cups of hot water into the bowl and stir the mixture for 1 minute. Allow the mixture to sit for 30 minutes to cool and thicken.
Spread the papier mache mixture over the entire PVC saxophone. Allow the saxophone to dry for 4 hours.
Paint the PVC saxophone with metallic acrylic paint. Select any colour you prefer. Paint on holes and buttons like a real saxophone. Allow the paint to dry for 20 minutes.
Apply a layer of clear acrylic glaze, which will make the saxophone appear shiny like an actual saxophone. Allow the glaze to dry for 20 minutes before playing with the PVC saxophone.
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