Really Obnoxious Noise Maker





Introduction: Really Obnoxious Noise Maker

In this Instructable, I'm going to show you how to really irritate your friends, family and your poor dog...

A friend of mine recently visited the CES (Consumer Electronic Show) convention here in Vegas. One of the freebees he brought back with him was the most obnoxious noisemakers I'd ever hear. Of course, it had some obscure company's name printed all over it. Well, looking it over I thought, "Hey! I could make this!" Today, I did.

Watch the video. It's not as irritating on the recording, but when you try out your own, don't blame me if your dog starts howling along!

Sorry about the distortion at the begining of the video. You Tube added that.

Step 1: Get Your Supplies

The photo shows what I thought I'd need. As it turned out, the glue wasn't necessary. If you're careful with the moto-tool in the following steps, you won't need it either. The glue's purpose is only to seal leaks.

1 - Empty 35mm Film Container.
1 - Empty (or disposable) Lip Balm Container.
1 - Rubber Binder (back in MI, we called them "rubber bands")
1 - New or Used (clean) Latex Glove or Balloon.


Scissors (See picture)
Silicon or Super Glue (may not need)

Step 2: Prepare Lib Balm Tube

Remove the balm and/or base from the Lip Balm container. This particular brand tasted horrible, so it was open to sacrifice.

Remove the base from the container. You may need a small screwdriver or pliers if your nails aren't strong enough.

Step 3: Grind Out Tube

Using an appropriate bit on your moto-tool, remove the inside guide from the Lip Balm Tube.

Be very careful not to damage the outside edge of the tube! This must remain smooth.

Step 4: Prepare 35mm Film Container

Remove and dispose of the cap of the 35mm Film Container.

The bottom of the container should have an indentation exactly the right size for the Lip Balm tube's indented top.

Use an appropriate bit on your moto-tool to grind out the indentation on the container. Make it as close to round and smooth as you can.

Step 5: Insert Tube Securely

Insert the tapered end of the Lip Balm tube into the newly formed hole in the bottom of the 35mm film container. This should be tight. If there are any gaps, use the glue to fill them. Give the adhesive time to harden.

On the other end, the tube should extend beyond the top of the container. You may want to grind it a bit closer for louder noise. If so, make very sure that it's as flat and smooth as possible. Do not grind it even or below the top of the 35mm Film container.

Step 6: Drill Out Blow Hole

Using the moto-tool, drill a small hole somewhere between the center and bottom of the film container. The size isn't really important. It needs to be large enough to blow air into. Do not drill into the Lip Balm tube.

Step 7: Attach Latex Diaphragm

Carefully stretch a clean portion of the latex glove or balloon over the top of the container. It should be as smooth and tight as practical.

Using the rubber binder, secure the diaphragm tightly. With this binder, 3 wraps worked nicely.

If necessary, carefully adjust the tube to re-center it under the diaphragm. Be very careful not to tear the diaphragm!

Step 8: Trim Off Excess

Using a pair of scissors, trim off the excess from the diaphragm under the rubber binder. Be very careful not to damage the diaphragm or the rubber binder!

Save the remainder of the glove or balloon in case you need to replace the diaphragm.

Step 9: Irritate the Heck Out of Everyone!

It's done! If all went well, you should be able to place your mouth over the hole, blow and prepare for your dog to attack you! That sucker's LOUD!!!



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    26 Discussions

    That worked sooooooooooooo well to annoy my sister, brother, dad, other sister, and Mom!!!!!!!!!!

    Gr8...I've been planning to do this for some days - and today my son wanted to do something (well , three things , to be precise ) for his school project . Luckily I had bought a couple of balloons at the fair yesterday . A 9" PVC pipe (with 3/4 inch diameter ) and a talcum powder tin which had matching dia opening at the top made things easier . Cut a similar dia hole at the bottom and 4 holes around the big hole for the air to pass . . . .Whoa - it sounds pretty good ! Thanx !!


    "blow and prepare for your dog to attack you!"
    famous last words, indeed!
    nice job!

    Now all I need is an air pump and a timer to make it randomly go off. Then I can put it in a random classroom of another grade.

    Ive seen one that lights up when you blow it. These are fun to use.

    I've made one of this thing when i was a kid, build this with an elongate cylindrical chamber will produce louder noise. But i used cut out balloon as the diaphragm, similar to kitemans.

    Hey, that looks like a mini version of Robt. Hope-Jones' Diaphone. I have a hunch that if you used a longer tube instead of the lipstick tube, you'd get a lower pitch. LV, does it tend to get raunchy sounding if you increase the pressure?

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    No. It just gets louder... Perhaps if I drill a larger hole I can increase the presure a bit.

    I think sometimes YouTube drops the first keyframe of a video. As many codecs use frame differencing between keyframes to compress the footage, you get all those grey blocks (the digitally measured difference from one frame to the next) if you don't have a keyframe at the start. Try uploading your video again, or transcoding your video with a different codec before uploading.

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    I did acknowledge your instructable below. I don't know how much better a ballon would be for the diaphragm than the latex glove. It would be a bit thicker, but I'd have to test to see the difference.

    Not a problem. I think the balloon is better because of its elasticity - I tried a latex glove on a larger version, and it worked, but not so well, because it didn't spring back against the tube so quickly, plus it ripped more easily. My first horn used a pen-tube cut short, but I used a straw for my "production" model because I often use my instructables with groups of kids aged 9-12, so I try and keep them simple.


    11 years ago

    This has already been posted, although this version is slightly different. What's with the sudden wave of repeated instructables?

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    The two are similar, but the LV device has a pre-tensioned diaphragm, i.e. there's no adjustment of the straw. Depending upon the amount of tension you install, this is either a design advantage, or disadvantage.

    How is this a constructive comment? If you're not going to say, "Hey, that looks like this, and I like them both," why say anything at all? There are multiple right ways to do the same thing, and each way makes a valid Instructable.

    Well I do like them both. Even though they are basically the same. I'm not trying to be a troll or anything, i'm just saying.