Homemade Musical Instrument

Make your own musical instrument using recycled household items and jingle bells.



Step 1. Gather your supplies.

Shaker Musical instrument

How to make a shaker instrument for kids

Step 2.

Pour approximately ¼ cup of rice, dried beans, or lentils into one of the yogurt cups. We used rice, however, you can add whatever you have available, and you can mix together the materials.

How to make a shaker musical instrument kids craft

Step 3.

Place the other yogurt cup on top and use masking tape to secure the cups together at the seam.

Kids arts and crafts shaker instrument

Step 4.

Cut up small pieces of tissue paper. Apply the decoupage glue to the cups and then add the tissue paper to the cup.

Shaker instrument kids craft

Step 5.

Continue to cover the entire shaker with tissue paper. Tip: Overlap pieces to create a unique design. Cover the top of the tissue paper with more decoupage glue. Let dry.

Jingling arts and crafts shaker instrument

Step 6.

Thread (10) large Jingle Bells onto a Fuzzy Stick.

Jingling Shaker Musical Instrument

Step 7.

Wrap the Fuzzy Stick around the shaker cup. Letting it rest a little above the middle. Twist the ends of the Fuzzy Stick together to secure.

Shaker Instrument for kids

Step 8.

Use craft glue under the Fuzzy Stick so that it will stay in place.

Kids craft make a musical instrument

Steps 9.

Repeat Steps 6-8 using the smaller Jingle Bells. Finish by adding adhesive jewels to the shaker. Shake back and forth to create a jingling tone!

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