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.

Aug 24, 2011

Home made : an exclusive template by

Today, is glad to offer an exclusive cardboard nose flute template. Yes, a cardboard nose flute!

If you want to challenge yourself with this, just follow the instructions below.
You'll need ... cardboard that you can pass into your printer, or, if you prefer to draw, a pen, a ruler and a compass, and in any case, rapid glue, a very sharp blade (scalpel) and a round-edge puncher.

1) print the PDF (after downloading it here or without figures here) or redo the drawings, following the dimensions given in millimeters (pic. 1).
2) Cut by following the black lines only (pic. 2).

3) Prepare the folding by drawing the white lines with the puncher (better results if you do it both sides of the cardboard). Round the "neck" out by rolling it around a tube (pic.3).
4) Clearly mark the folds in the right way (pic. 4).

5) Glue the parts that must be glued (in dark red), one by one : begin with one side of the "neck" (little triangles), then the other side, and so on. Absolutely avoid leaving holes from which blown air could escape ! (Pic. 5).
6) Cut the nose cap and mark the folds as before (Pic. 6).

7) Glue the nose cap (pic. 7).
8) With a very sharp blade, cut the bevel of the mouth hole. Try to make it at 45° (pic. 9).

Personally, after that, I applied a coat of spray painting and one of varnish, not really for esthetics, but in order to get the cardboard stiffer.

Here is the result. It's not the best nose flute I ever had, but it works correctly. And it's quite fun to build one.

If you make one, please send me some pictures!


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  2. This post deserves a comment that isn't spam. As someone who enjoys building with paper and as a new nose flute fan, this is lovely!

    1. Hello Silvercat! Thank you for your kinf comment. I made a woekshop with this model in 2012 (you can see here : )n but since I designed a new and much better model, that I will post soon. Greetings!

    2. I'm slowly reading through your entire blog. I appreciate the variety of what you cover and I love the posts about the history.

    3. Hi Silvercat! Your comment pleases me a lot, since history research in the field of nose flutes is ma passion. However, we are very few to be interested in! :) I made some new discoveries, and updates will occurs in a near future. Greetings