Way-Out Sound


Straw Oboe

Maker Camp Project Time Icon

5 Minutes

TO COMPLETE

Maker Camp Makey Logo

WHAT WILL YOU MAKE?

A simple instrument made with only a drinking straw.
PRINT THESE INSTRUCTIONS
Maker Camp Project Materials Icon

WHAT WILL YOU NEED?

STEP 1

Pinch the end

Pinch the end of the straw tightly together, creasing the sides from the tip until about an inch down.

STEP 2

Trim the straw

Trim the tip of the straw on both sides along the length of the pinched area. You want a good point at the end of the straw.

STEP 3

Cut a hole

About a third of the way down the straw, use your scissors or other cutters to make two angled cuts forming a hole in the straw.

STEP 4

Two more holes

Add two more holes spaced evenly down the straw.

Now place the cut end of the straw in your mouth. Push down with your lips to help sqeeze the straw and blow hard. Cover and uncover the holes to play different notes.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Try adding more holes to your straw. How about a series of straws, but instead of poking holes, you make them all different lengths? Try using a tuner on a smartphone to make a straw oboe that hits a note perfectly.

BROWSE MORE MAKER CAMP PROJECTS FIND EVEN MORE PROJECTS AT Make:

Please Note

Your safety is your own responsibility, including proper use of equipment and safety gear, and determining whether you have adequate skill and experience. Power tools, electricity, and other resources used for these projects are dangerous, unless used properly and with adequate precautions, including safety gear and adult supervision. Some illustrative photos do not depict safety precautions or equipment, in order to show the project steps more clearly. Use of the instructions and suggestions found in Maker Camp is at your own risk. Maker Media, Inc., disclaims all responsibility for any resulting damage, injury, or expense.

Collaborate on making projects here at Maker Camp

COLLABORATE

Make friends with Campers from all around the world and swap ideas!

JOIN THE COMMUNITY
Share your ideas and what you build on social media

ALL DONE? SHARE IT!

Share pictures and videos of your cool build! Be sure to use #makercamp

POST YOUR PROJECTS

Getting Started with Wearables

Start Making!

Spinbot kit

Maker Camp Gear

Getting Started with Wearables

Can your clothes send you an email? They will with this kit!

BUY NOW
Start Making!

Six great projects guaranteed to spark your imagination and get you making.

BUY NOW
Spinbot kit

Spinbots are easy-to-make drawing robots that kids love to build, tweak, and enjoy.

BUY NOW
Maker Camp Hat

Keep your campers cool with an official 2016 Maker Camp hat!

BUY NOW