Last Updated on May 30, 2023 by Shanta Roy
We all love origami! And, it’s rare to find someone who didn’t make something with paper. Consciously, or unconsciously we make stuff from paper now and then if there is any paper available near us.
Apparently, you can build pretty much anything out of paper. To make a particular object, all you need is the correct folds and planning.
Here, we will give away instructions about how to make a paper flute.
You could be an origami lover and flute lover too! You have come to the right place to find the details about making a flute out of a flute.
Before we start with the process, let us tell you- the flute you will make with our guide is not just for making one.
In other words, you can make the flute for fun, and you can play the paper flute for fun as well!
So, you could keep it somewhere as a beautiful origami piece. Also, you can play the flute if you wish.
Let’s See What You Need For Making Paper Flute
Note that we will be using the newspaper for making the ‘paper’ flute in this guide. If you want, you can form any ordinary paper. Just remember, the heavier and more flexible the paper, the better.
Considering that a newspaper is light,
we will be folding in the different layers in the flute making process. Anyway, find the list of supplies below.
- A4 color paper
- Exacto Knife
Let’s start with the flute-making process now!
You need to cut two pieces of newspaper with 16×16 inches. Utilize the scissors to cut the piece of paper.
If you have a limited number of newspaper pages, then be careful while cutting the intended pieces. Cutting paper can go wrong quickly, and it doesn’t seem difficult. So, it’s a little tricky.
But, you have plenty of newspaper, and you will have papers at hand if you cut them wrong by any chance. However, to save time, try to be as careful as possible.
Also, you might plan to do the project with a shorter length and width of paper pieces. But, if you consider the beauty of the paper flute, if you make it shorter than the length and width, we have suggested it for the flute.
When the 16×16 newspaper pieces are ready, you have to fold them. In this folding stage, you need to follow a couple of steps. We will explain them slowly. If you read them carefully, you won’t get confused.
take one piece of paper, and place it on a table nice and plain. Next, put the pencil right on the edge of the paper near you. Start folding with the help of the pencil.
Also, the diameter of the folded paper will be somewhat similar to the pencil. But, the diameter will increase later on. And, you will understand it better when you will do or see it practically.
And we are using a pencil because the newspaper is lighter. If you are using some other paper that is heavier than the newspaper, you could leave the pencil. In that case, you have to choose the diameter for the flute.
While folding the first piece of paper, leave the last portion of the paper unfolded by 1 inch or so. Next, add some glue on that portion or edge of the paper from top to bottom.
Then, take the other piece of paper. Place it on the glued portion of the other paper. Press both pieces of paper lightly with your fingers to connect them properly.
When you are done folding them together, it should look like a slender pipe. If you are done adding them together, you can fold from that glued point.
After folding them entirely, secure the last portion of the paper with glue with the body of the pipe. When the pipe is created, clip off the uneven ends of it with a pair of paper scissors.
As the pipe for the flute is ready, you need to cover both ends of the paper. But it is optional because we are doing it for decoration.
If you want to make a flute with simple decoration, you can perform this step. If you want it completely simple, then hop on to the next step.
Now, cut two pieces of colored paper with a length of 2 inches, and check the pipe’s diameter for the width.
Once you are done measuring and cutting the colored papers, you will add them to both edges of the flute.
Next, add them by applying some glue. Make sure you are putting glue only on a necessary amount.
Now, you will make the embouchure hole. Right under that hole, you need to obstruct the airflow. Otherwise, the flute is not going to make any sounds.
A regular flute has a plug under the embouchure hole to interfere with the airflow. We are making a paper flute, so
Make the mouthing hole two inches away from the selected edge by using the Exacto knife. It could be a little hard to complete. Go slow, and take time for the knife to be plunged into the layers of paper.
When you are done making the embouchure hole, take the scissors. Open the scissors, and take one of the blades of the scissors by the unsharp in your hand. Be careful, don’t cut yourself with the sharp edge.
Next, you will close the airway around the mouthing hole. To close the airway, put the blade of the scissors in the front part of the embouchure hole.
Take the blade inside a few layers of the pipe, then press the paper layers down to close the opening. It won’t be closing entirely.
The idea is to close it roughly so that it passes less air when you blow inside the flute. As a result, the flute will make a sound.
The sound mechanism is done. Next, you need to make the fingering hole. Mark the first fingering hole 3 to 4 inches away from the mouthing or embouchure hole.
Then create the other fingering holes with 1.5 inches distance. And, the paper flute is ready! You can try blowing air and producing some sound.
You can decorate the flute with some drawings or laces if you want. Also, you can put an extra layer on the flute with some colorful paper. But, you need to add before making the holes in the flute.
We hope the guide is helping you. Have fun with the flute origami!