Pan pipes are an enchanting musical instrument that has been played by people belonging to a wide range of cultures from around the world.
Unfortunately, buying pan pipes can be expensive, but if you want to save yourself some money, you can easily make a set yourself.
For anyone who wants to try, we’ve had a look online to see what other people have been doing – and as a result, here are our favorite 27 plans for how to make pan pipes that you might want to attempt at home.
1. Make Your Own Pan Flute with Straws – Macaroni KID
If you’re looking for a fun and rewarding craft project to work on with your kids, this idea for a homemade pan flute set could be just the thing. The main thing you’ll need is a pack of plastic straws, so it will hardly cost you anything – and as the blogger writes, the sound the pipes make is quiet too, something that most parents will value greatly!
2. How to Make a Pan Flute by Radu Nechifor
The highly professional pan flute this YouTuber demonstrates is a little more than your average DIY craft project – and as you can read from the description, it took over 12 hours to complete. However, it’s fascinating to watch him at work, and it just shows what you can achieve with patience, determination and a little know-how. Check it out and see what we mean.
3. Homemade Well-Tuned Pan Flute: 10 Steps – Instructables
Here’s an unusual type of plan for making a pan flute. As the author writes, he has a wide range of interests, which includes studying math – and the first part of the tutorial is all about the science of why it works. However, if that isn’t of interest, you can skip it and jump right to the practical part that teaches you, as promised, how to make a well-tuned pan flute.
4. Building a Viking Pan Flute – Plans and Tutorial
As with the video in #2, the Viking-style pan flute this video shows you how to make might be beyond rookie DIYers. However, if you have the skills and the inclination, you might be able to copy his idea. And even if you don’t, the video is worth a watch since the instrument he creates is a work of art, and it’s a pleasure to watch how it was created.
5. 3 Ways to Make Pan Pipes – wikiHow
If you want to know how to do just about anything, wikiHow is always an invaluable resource, and if you want to learn how to make pan pipes, this site has you covered – since it teaches you not just one but three ways to do it. As always, the plan features clear instructions along with useful pics, making these ideas incredibly easy to copy at home.
6. Shall I Make a Pan Flute? – A Special Gift for a Son
This is a heart-warming video since, in it, we get to watch as this YouTuber, a carpenter by trade, makes a pan flute to give to his young son as a gift. It’s the kind of present that will be treasured forever, and if you think you’d like to make something similar for someone important to you, this tutorial shows you what you need to do.
7. How to make Pan Pipes – BBC Good Food
Here’s another pan pipe project that’s ideal to tackle with young children. The materials required are minimal and cost very little, and finishing the job will only take around half an hour. That way, the kids can have the whole thing finished and start enjoying the musical instrument they made before they have time to start getting bored.
8. Pan Flute DIY
This lively video teaches us how to make pan flutes in a fun project you can try with your kids. It’s the kind of activity that helps train their STEM skills, and it will also teach them some of the basics of sound resonating and fundamental frequency – as well as hopefully fostering a deeper interest in playing a musical instrument.
9. How to Make a Pan Flute: Basic Info & Tips
For those who want to learn a little bit more about the history of the pan flute and the various cultures that have used them in the past, this post has some interesting facts. It also has an easy plan to follow for making one with your children, so it’s educational as well being an enjoyable project to attempt.
10. How to Make Your Own Pan Flute
Here’s another tutorial for making a pan flute from straws, and at first, it doesn’t seem so different from a lot of others we’ve seen – until he blows into the one he made earlier. In a word, it sounds amazing – the notes sound so musical. And if you want to make one just like it, all you have to do is watch the video and copy his ideas.
11. Homemade Pan Flutes for Kids with Printable Recording Sheet – Buggy and Buddy
The plan in this post is a STEM/STEAM activity for kids that will help them explore the science behind how sounds are created – and as a bonus, it also includes printable sheets for them to write down the songs they learn. It’s a great project for kids to attempt, and one that should keep them occupied as they spend time mastering their new homemade musical instrument.
12. How to Make a Pan Flute
This video starts with a sciencey bit that most people probably won’t understand – but you don’t need to – you just need to trust this YouTuber’s calculation and then copy what he does to make a pan flute of your own. The rest is simple, and all you’ll need are a few PVC pipes, so why not give it a go and see how it turns out?
13. How to Make a Pan Flute Out of Wood – Orelia Tune
As this blogger writes, pan flutes can cost up to $1,500 to buy if you want a top-of-the-range version. However, with a little musical knowledge and bit of DIY expertise, you can easily make your own for a fraction of the price. Want to know how? Then check out her blog to find out!
14. Make Your Own Pan Flute with PVC Pipe in Simple Steps
The pan flute in this video is another one that sounds impressively musical – which is all the more astonishing when you realize it was made from nothing more than a few lengths of PVC pipe. The YouTuber goes into a surprising amount of detail to achieve the correct sound, but that’s necessary if you want to obtain proper musical notes. In any case, this video is interesting to watch and easy to copy, so plenty of people will find it valuable.
15. Building and Playing Pan Pipes by Phil & Sarah Tulga
If you’re interested not only in building but also in learning how to play pan pipes, you will find this post invaluable. It includes all the details you need for making your own musical instrument, and it also goes into the details of how to play them correctly, teaching you a couple of well-known songs to practice. Give it a go and see how quickly you can pick it up.
16. How to Make Pan Pipes/Pan Flutes
While it may be fun to make pan pipes from straws or PVC pipes – and while those versions may even be able to produce impressively musical sounds – nothing beats making your own pipes from traditional materials such as bamboo. For those who want to try, this is the tutorial for you – and in it, you’ll learn how to make an instrument that is aesthetically as well as musically satisfying.
17. How to Create a PVC Panpipe or Pan Flute – Bryan Hose and Gasket
Here’s a detailed plan for making a pan flute from plastic piping. It has all the measurements you need, and it’s super-easy to follow, making this the kind of plan just about anyone will be able to replicate at home.
18. Making a Pan Flute
Pan flutes have been produced and played at different times and by various cultures around the world, from the Ancient Greeks to the Vikings and many more besides. Pan flutes are also an integral part of the culture of many Andean peoples, and this video teaches you how a traditional Ecuadorean version is produced by a master instrument maker.
19. Re-creating the Jorvik Viking Panpipes
As this post explains, many instruments or parts of instruments have been recovered from Viking archaeological contexts, and several attempts have been made to recreate them and play music on them. This post details the reconstruction of the Jorvik Viking pan pipes from York in England, and reading about the process is fascinating.
20. Tutorial: How to Build Bamboo Pan Pipes by Leo Rojas
This short video about making traditional bamboo pan pipes is fun to watch because the YouTuber in it is full of enthusiasm and charisma. He’s also a talented craftsman, so his tutorial is well worth checking out.
21. Pen Pan Flutes – Musical Instrument Kids Crafts
If you’re looking for projects to keep kids busy, this site should be of interest. It starts with a detailed plan for creating pen pan flutes that children will enjoy making and love playing. Then, after that, if you still need more ideas to keep them occupied, there are loads of other projects for them to work on that they will find just as much fun.
22. How to Make a Pan Flute out of Bamboo
The bamboo pan flute this YouTuber teaches us to make looks stunning. It’s something most people would be proud to own, but equally, it would be a great idea as a handmade gift to give to the music lover in your life. Want to know how he did it? Then check out his video to see.
23. Straw Pan Flute
With just a few straws and some tape, you – or rather your kids – will be able to make a fun pan flute just like the one in the picture. They will need to practice several useful skills like measuring and cutting, and when it’s done, they will love the fact that the musical instrument they are playing was made by their own hand.
24. How to Make an Easy Pan Flute from Any Metal Pipe
Pan flutes can be made from a whole range of materials, from drinking straws to bamboo, but here’s a more unusual version that’s made from metal plumbing pipe. You’ll need something to cut the pipe with – this YouTuber does it with nothing more than a handsaw and some elbow grease – but once that’s done, the rest is easy. Give it a watch and see if it’s something you’d like to try!
25. Music Resources – How to Make Your Own Pan Flute
This plan for kids includes written instructions plus a video to show them what they need to do, making it easy for them to recreate the plan and start playing their own pan flute in no time.
26. Pan Pipes from Paper
As we’ve already mentioned, pan pipes can be made from all kinds of materials, and this video reinforces the point. These pan pipes are made from paper, so they won’t cost you anything – and as you can hear when this YouTuber demonstrates her work, they sound amazing too.
27. Craft for Kids: How to Make a DIY Pan Flute out of Straws
Here’s one more plan for a kids’ version of a pan flute that anyone will be able to copy without any problems. However, as the blogger notes, it doesn’t come with any guarantees of musical ability – that part, they’ll just have to work on!
So many creative plans to follow
As you can see, whether you’re looking for a project to tackle with your kids or a tutorial for making a high-quality musical instrument, there’s no shortage of great plans for you to copy to make your own set of pan pipes.
We’ve enjoyed collecting these plans for you, so we hope you’ve enjoyed reading and watching them all too. And above all, we hope we’ve helped you find the plan you needed for making a beautiful set of pan pipes of your own.