Giant DIY Didgeridoo

Sometimes a little music (and paint, and pom poms, and a tutu) are all you need to brighten up a lousy day. This week the twins have been recovering from a nasty cold, so we’ve been cooped up at home and just a tad stir crazy. Thankfully, I had the perfect activity to cheer us up, courtesy of the fabulous Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou of Daria Music!

In addition to her wonderful multicultural music, Daria has an awesome collection of DIY musical instruments and musical crafts on her site that are perfect for adults and children of all ages and abilities.  After reading my building language with music post, Daria asked if we would be interested in making some of her instruments this summer and posting about the experience, and we jumped at the chance! Daria did send me two of her beautiful children’s music CDs as compensation (which have become two of our absolute favorites), but all opinions are my own, and I can tell you right now that we will be returning to this musical craft collection time and again for inspiration…there are some really cool ideas there, folks!

Make a DIY Didgeridoo with instructions from Daria Music- easy enough for even toddlers to make!

After looking through all her amazing tutorials, I was excited to see that many of them were easy enough for toddlers to create and that most can be made with recyclables and/or items you may already have around the house. I picked out several and let the twins choose…along with the instructions, you can listen to the sound each instrument makes as well as a song that uses the instrument.  Will and Sydney both got really excited by the didgeridoo, a traditional Australian instrument (hear it HERE). Following Daria’s didgeridoo tutorial, here is how we made our giant, colorful instrument:

Step One: Painting

First, I found a large (and I mean LARGE folks-four feet tall!) cardboard mailing tube in my office. It originally housed one of my research posters I presented at a conference in my academia days…oh, how times have changed! I peeled the labels off the outside as best I could, then gave it to the twins with some brightly colored tempera paints

Make a DIY Didgeridoo with instructions from Daria Music- easy enough for even toddlers to make!

Step Two: Embellishing

After the paint dried (and we all had a nap), I let the twins go wild in my crafty stash and pick some fun things to decorate the now-dry didgeridoo.  They chose some pony beads, glitter flowers, foam monster and outer space stickers, and the coolest rainbow tie dye pom poms you EVER did see! (Foam stickers and pom poms were provided by Craft Project Ideas.com)

Make a DIY Didgeridoo with instructions from Daria Music- easy enough for even toddlers to make!

Here Sydney is adding a glitter flower in the midst of a field of pom poms. They did allow me to help with the poms and pony beads a bit- I placed dots of hot glue (directed by them, of course) with a low-temp glue gun and they carefully pressed the items onto the glue.  They are VERY opinionated with their projects these days!

Make a DIY Didgeridoo with instructions from Daria Music- easy enough for even toddlers to make!

 Will created a family of happy monsters with “free eyes.”

Make a DIY Didgeridoo with instructions from Daria Music- easy enough for even toddlers to make!
Step Three: Playing the Didg!

Once we were all satisfied with our didgeridoo, it was time to try it out! We took it outside so the entire neighborhood could enjoy our music 😉   I showed the twins how to press their lips together and blow “raspberries” into the tube, making a loud, funny sound for all to hear!

Make a DIY Didgeridoo with instructions from Daria Music- easy enough for even toddlers to make!

Whoa! Did you hear that?

Make a DIY Didgeridoo with instructions from Daria Music- easy enough for even toddlers to make!

A tutu is a prerequisite for didgeridoo playing in some circles 😉

Make a DIY Didgeridoo with instructions from Daria Music- easy enough for even toddlers to make!

As suggested by Daria, we also had fun saying words in funny voices and making goofy sounds into the didgeridoo. They twins loved how the long tube changed their voices and had a great time experimenting with the “didooweejoo!”

This was a fantastic way to spend a day stuck at home.  Daria’s instrument tutorials would be fantastic for teachers, homeschoolers, or just parents wanting fun projects to do with their kiddos at home.  You can find the complete instrument tutorial/craft list HERE – we are planning on making several more of these as we continue to explore instruments and music at home.

Interested in learning more about Daria Music? You can check out her website, catch her on Facebook or Twitter, or view her videos on YouTube!

*One more big thank you to Craft Project Ideas.com for the psychedelic pom poms and foam stickers- both were big hits with my littles!*

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  1. Love it – again!

  2. P.S. writing from Oz….

  3. What a fun project! I love anything that kids can help create and then also get to play with again and again.

  4. Perfect activity and addition to the musical instrument collection! Love it to bits being Aussie:-) Sharing and pinning now!

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