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DIY of the Week – Make your own Kazoo

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Another Monday brings with it another super easy DIY for you! After a relaxing weekend, we hope you’re feeling refreshed and raring to go, so it’s a good plan to start the week off with an easy homemade instrument.

Now, before we start making our really cool kazoo, we have to point out the obvious – this will not LOOK like a traditional kazoo. This is what an actual kazoo looks like:

Image source - Amazon

Image source – Amazon

Ours will not look like this. But, we promise you a hilarious time from the interesting sounds you will be making with yours. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s get started!


What you will need:

1. Cardboard tube (easiest option is a toilet paper roll tube)

2. Colors (paints, sketch pens, washi tape, whatever you want to decorate and personalize your kazoo)

3. Wax paper

4. Rubber bands

5. Scissors and pen/pencil to punch a hole in the tube


How to:

Step 1:

Decorate the toilet paper roll tube as you want. You can get as creative and colorful as you want. Remember, there are no rules!


Image source - Pinterest

Image source – Pinterest


Step 2:

Cut a section of wax paper into a circle or square, but ensure that it is large enough to cover the hole of the tube with some extra to go over the side.


Image source - Today's Parent

Image source – Today’s Parent


Step 3:

Cover the hole on one side of the tube with the cut wax paper, and secure it in place with a couple of rubber bands. Make sure that it is completely secure, and that you have not left the rubber bands loose. If you are using larger rubber bands, twist them once or twice (as needed) to ensure that they are tight and firmly in place.


Image source - Today's Parent

Image source – Today’s Parent

Step 4:

Make a small hole anywhere in the tube, near the wax paper side. Make sure that the hole is NOT covered by the wax paper though. You can use the pen or pencil, or even the scissors if you wish.


Image source - YouTube

Image source – YouTube

Step 5:

And there you have it! Your kazoo is now ready for you to get your funk on! Now all you have to do is blow air, hum, or sing into the open hole! You can even alternate between blocking the hole on the side, then opening it back up to see how that changes the sound. Though best results come from an open hole, and humming. Have fun!


Have a lovely week!

(And we guarantee that after 2 minutes, you’ll totally be bothering your spouse/parents/boss/neighbour/roommate/dog,  so use at your own risk!)