Introduction: Upcycled Musical Instrument

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I have build any instrument that was able to be made, and I flute made out of PVC pipe. I built this for my 10th grade STEM final exam and it was a fun experience. My instrument had to either be artistic or work musically. It has the ability to make a minimum 7 notes.

Step 1: Step 1: Materials

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  • a PVC pipe that is 15 inches long and 1 inch in diameter
  • a sheet of paper
  • gorilla glue
  • colored tape (optional)
  • a drill
  • a permanent marker
  • scissors

Step 2: Step 2: Mark

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You need to mark the hole in the pipe where you are going to drill

Step 3: Step 3: Get Ready to Drill

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Get the drill and drill all of the holes , but make sure they don’t go through the back side of the pipe

Step 4: Step 4: Trace

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After your all of your holes are drilled, placed the base of the pipe on the paper and trace around it

Step 5: Step 5: Glue

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After you trace around the base, cut it out and glue it to the top of the pipe closest to the mouth hole

Step 6: Tape

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After you glue the circle piece of paper to the top of the pipe, tape around it to secure and make sure no air can seep out

Step 7: Step 7: Decorate

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Now that you have finished all of the logistics of your flute, you can decorate it with whatever you want; I personally used colored tape but its all up to you. When decorating MAKE SURE NOT TO COVER ANY HOLES !


Penolopy Bulnick (author)2016-06-24

I've never seen that design before! Fun :)

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