Straw Whistle

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About: Hi my name is Timothee and in my free time I'm a crafter and love to do things that have to do with the outdoors.

This is a super simple project in which you will make a whistle out of a plastic straw and hot glue. it is easy to make and gives a great sounding whistle.

Step 1: Materials

For this project few materials are needed but you will need:

  • Plastic Straw
  • Hot Glue

You will also need some tools:

  • Hot glue gun
  • Sharp-Blade Knife

Step 2:

First you will need to cut half way through the straw about 0.5 inch from the beginning of the straw. Then you will need to cut at an angle into the straw to make a slit. Then you will need to cut the straw to the right length. The shorter it is the higher the note the longer it is the lower the note.

Step 3:

Next you will need to cut two 0.5 inch pieces from the remainder of the straw you cut. Next you will need to put them vertically and fill them with hot glue. Once it is dry you will need to cut off the excess glue you should have two cylinders when you are done.

Step 4:

Next you will need to cut one of the cylinders more than half way from the top. The you will need to put it in the front of the straw and then with the hot glue gun melt it on to the top. Remember you will want to leave a small hole at the top.

Step 5:

Then you will need to cut the stopper for the whistle, you will put it at the end of the whistle and then melt it on with the hot glue gun.

Step 6: Conclusion

I'm not sure if I was clear enough in explaining the steps, but I think the photos will help. Also if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Suggestions and corrections are appreciated. I hope you enjoyed making this Straw Whistle.

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    Sajjad_A

    1 year ago

    You should try this with reeds. It would really be cool to cut a simple instructible for making a survival reed whistle.

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    xxxnel

    1 year ago

    If I cut it in half, would the side view look like this?

    Wistle Half Cut.png
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    fishhead455

    1 year ago

    Can we insert a sliding dowel in place of the plug for variable tones?

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    Timothee Gillierfishhead455

    Reply 1 year ago

    I did think of that and I am planning on making that in a future instructable.

    Cool idea. I am definitely going to show this to my kids. I loving finding simple ways to entertain them.

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    Phil B

    1 year ago

    I did a similar Instructable in October 2011. Instead of plugs from hot glue, I resized wooden dowels. I used the shank of drills to find one that fit the straw nicely and drilled a hole through a piece of steel. Then I drove short pieces of dowel through the hole.

    I found the distance between the plugs was critical to getting sound from the whistle and varied with the diameter of the straw.

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    Timothee GillierPhil B

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks for the comment I saw your whistle and I think its really cool, thanks for letting me know.