Instructables user wasabi32746 says that this instrument doesn’t really sound like bagpipes, but works the same way and is fun to play. These bagpipes from recorders and garbage bags might be fun to make with your kids (and educational)!

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • Crafty Mama

    Very cool idea, but…
    The sound of one recorder is bad enough, I can’t imagine purposefully hooking them up to play together. Eeesh! This is definitely a craft to do at grandma’s house.

  • Jel

    First done by certain Northumbrian pipers not long ago. If you’re going to add drones, use wax and tape to seal the finger-holes to give a major chord C-E-G. Also use tape to seal the end of the chanter to give an octave difference.