Intro: 100 Kazooz in My Pocket
Can You Make
An instrument anyone can play?
An instrument small enough to fit in your pocket?
An instrument so small that you can fit enough in your pocket for all of your friends, their friends, chance acquaintances and any bystanders?
Now you're getting silly.
Of course, that's the sort of instrument it is.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
With just a few readily available materials and tools you can make hundreds of pocket kazooz, quickly and easily.
Light weight cardboard.
I will including a picture that you can print out on 8 1/2 x 11 inch cardstock to make 20 kazooz, but you can use almost any light weight scrap cardboard (cereal boxes, shirt boxes, business cards, greeting cards, incomplete deck of playing cards, the heavier weight junk mail, etc., etc., etc. )
Ordinary lightweight disposable plastic grocery bag--Actually not just the ones from grocery stores-- from Walmart, KMart, Walgreens, Target, etc--but not the heavy plastic ones.
I have never tried counting the number of kazooz you can get from one bag; but it is a LOT.
Rubber Cement --This is the best thing I've found to glue the plastic to the cardboard.
Scissors or craft knife--the only tool you really need.
Step 2: Step One
Print out the sheet of kazooz on letter size cardstock Sraying the printed side with a fixitive helps prevent the ink from running if it gets damp.
Get a scrap piece of card from cereal or other box or etc.
Cut out one the printed kazooz or if using scrap card, cut an approximately 2 inch square.
Step 3: Step Two
Fold the square in half.
Cut a hole about 3/4 inch diameter in the card. Circles are nice, but a diamond shape only takes two cuts with either scissors or knife, so they are a lot quicker.
Step 4: Step Three
Cut a piece of shopping bag about the size of your square of cardboard. Exactness is not important as long as it is at least 1/2 inch or more larger than the hole.
Step 5: Step Four
Spread rubber cement around the hole on the unprinted side of the cardstock. Spread thinly, try not to get an excess around the hole or it can sqwish out onto the plastic.
Step 6: Step Five
Place the plastic square over the hole and press it down smoothly. I find getting it more or less smooth, but not stretched tight, usually works best. The square should still fold fairly easily.
Once dry enough to be stuck firmly in place, trim off the excess plastic (a craft knife works best)
Step 7: Step Six
Playing your kazoo-- With your mouth a little open, hold the plastic covered side touching your lips. Humm. You can play any tune you can hum.
the sound is controlled by your voice, but can vary some what by
the size (the larger the vibrating membrane area the louder it can be --but if it is very much larger you will need a heavier plastic or try stretching it tighter.)
how loose or tight the membrane is A looser membrane tends to produce more buzz
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