Did you know that a Digeridoo is a one of the earliest primitive musical instruments, and is made from a tree trunk or branch hollowed out by termites, or bamboo in the far north of Australia. Its decoration has very significant meaning and considered by certain Aboriginal groups to be a man’s instrument and is not allowed to be played by women. The word ‘digeridoo’ is not Aboriginal but a western word given to the instrument about 100 years ago.

Skill Level


Time to Make

1 hour

Adult Supervision



Top Tip

To play, place your lips inside the tube and make a trumpet or motor boat sound with your lips.

How to Make

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  1. Paint the tube with white acrylic paint as a base colour. Leave to dry.
  2. When dry, paint the tube with yellow acrylic paint, or a colour of your own choice. Leave to dry.
  3. Add another coat of yellow paint. Leave to dry.
  4. Cut out two strips of coloured card (5cm in width), then attach the strips to each end of the tube with double sided tape.
  5. Make up a palette of different colour acrylic paints. Have a cotton bud for each of the different coloured paint.
  6. Using the cotton buds, paint and decorate the digeridoo with different dot patterns. Leave to dry.