I borrowed whisper phones from other teachers in the past, but until last year – I didn’t even think of making my own. Then I had six! students who HAD to read out loud. It wasn’t until the very end of the school year that I remembered the whisper phones. After calling a friend for dimensions – I decided to make my own DIY – whisper phones.
It was much simpler than I imagined.
Here are the supplies you will need.
- One 3/4″ PVC pipe. A 1o foot piece will make about 30 phones.
- 10 piece package of PVC pipe (90 degree elbows) this will make 5 phones – Depending on the number of total phones you will need to purchase the appropriate number of packages. This is much cheaper then buying the elbows individually.
- Duck Tape – any color you choose
- Table saw
- rubber mallet
In the picture you can see where I attempted to measure and mark the entire 10′ piece and then cut. After my first few cuts – I asked my husband why they weren’t lining up. He showed me a much more effective way – He had me mark the table saw with a piece of masking tape to the correct length instead. You will want the cut measurement of each “handle” to be 3 1/2″.
My first attempt marking the tube.
Much more accurate attempt – using green masking tape & marking the tape
Finished pile of cut tubes – About 5 minutes to cut all 30 pieces
I forgot to take pictures of the steps in between. So here is what you do… push an elbow on each end – this was a bit harder then I realized. I ended up using a rubber mallet and smacking the elbows all the way on. This was the hardest step of them all.
Next, I took the duck tape and wrapped it around lining it up against one elbow. It will not go all the way to the other elbow. You will need to rip a second strip and overlay it on the first.
It’s that simple – All done and ready to use!