This blog is dedicated to the sublime instruments called nose flutes and which produce the most divine sound ever. We have chosen to discard all the native models from S. Pacific and Asia, for they need fingering to be played. We'll concentrate on "buccal cavity driven" nose flutes : the well patented and trademarked metal or plastic ones, plus, by a condemnable indulgence, some wooden craft or home-made productions.

Jun 6, 2016

Paper nose flute template by Susumu Yasuda

Mr. Susumu Yasuda (安田晋さん) is the owner of the workshop and shop Forest and Sea Nature workshop Linlinan ('森と海の自然工房 梨梨庵') located at Okinawa, notably producing and selling nose flutes.

Susumu-san designed and published a great template for making a heart-shaped cardboard nose flute, and gently authorized us to post it here. You can download the PDF file here for printing the Kamihanabue ('Paper nose flute').

With one printed sheet, you can build 5 nose flutes. The model is really simple to build. The tools needed are a cutter, some glue, plus something sharp but not cutting, used to mark the lines that have to be folded. There are two parts: the top and the bottom.

1.- First, you obviously need to cut the pieces:

2.- Then, mark and fold the bottom part following the mediant line:

3.- This is the most tricky part, yet very easy: you have now to mark the lines, and 'valley fold' (concave folding) what will become the nose rest, then the little top of it:

4.- finally, mark and fold the top part:

5.- Both parts are ready to be glued together, and that's it!

Here is the nice paper nose flute you obtain. The cool innovation and great feature is the little origami that creates a real nose saddle.

I made the five ones, and sprayed them with paint, not only for aesthetics, but also to get the flutes more rigid and waterproof.

Now, let's take a look at the details. It's a very nice flute, yet very simple. But as already said, there is a suoer-cool little nose saddle, very efficient. The flute provides a good sound, but certainly a bit weak, as on any paper flute.

Et voila! Oh... yes, the sound...


Check here
for the version #2 Mr. Yasuda made later!



  1. Replies
    1. Indeed! You should print and make some! Glad to see you here, UkeVal-san !

  2. It's not working... what kind of material did you use ?

    1. Perfectly working for me... using simple "bristol" cardboard. Are you sure of you foldings (and for sure the way to play the nose flute?) Best regards

  3. Je viens de voir que vous parlez francais. Ca sera plus simple.
    J'ai bien suivi votre tuto et ai utilisé le même type de papier.
    Je pensais savoir comment en jouer. Mais j'ai peut être tort..
    Avez vous des conseils ?

    1. Soufflez (doucement) par le nez, et seulement par le nez. Ouvrez un peu la bouche, mais ne soufflez surtout pas par la bouche. Essayez d'obtenir une certaine hermeticité du côté du nez (pas de fuites). Et voila! Bonne chance

    2. D'accord, merci d'avoir pris le temps de me répondre.