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Make a Medicine Bottle Air Horn - wikiHow

Make a Medicine Bottle Air Horn - wikiHow

Add an airhorn to your model

How to Make a Medicine Bottle Air Horn

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An air horn brought from the store will only last as long as the compressed air inside the can does, but with a few household items, you can easily make your own air horn that will last quite a long time!


  1. Using a heated screwdriver will make it easier.Poke a hole in the cap, side, and bottom of the medicine bottle. Size does not matter, except for the hole on the bottom, which should be large enough for a drinking straw to fit snugly into.
  2. Take the cap off the bottle. Cut a piece of a balloon and stretch it over the top of the bottle. Secure the balloon with a rubber band. Replace the cap on the bottle.
  3. Cut another piece of a balloon and stretch it over the bottom of the bottle. Secure it with a rubber band.
  4. Poke the straw through the hole on the bottom. It might be helpful to first poke a hole in the balloon.
  5. To use, blow into the hole on the side.



  • Use a heated screwdriver to make poking holes in the bottle easier.
  • If it's not working, try moving the straw up and down.
  • The straw should be longer than the bottle itself.
  • The larger the straw (in circumference), the louder the sound will be.
  • Making the hole on the side larger will make it less of a strain on your cheeks to blow into it.


  • Do not use this air horn near anyone's ears; it could cause hearing damage.
  • If using a heated screwdriver, exert caution not to burn yourself or to breathe in the fumes of the plastic.
  • Exercise appropriate caution when using edged tools such as scissors.

Things You'll Need

  • Medicine bottle
  • Scissors
  • Balloons
  • Drinking straw
  • Rubber bands

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