How to Make a Homemade Tambourine

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Music is a great way to entertain children, and they love to make noise. If you are looking for an easy craft your child can do, or you need a project for a music or Sunday school class, consider making a homemade tambourine. Follow these simple steps to make your homemade tambourine project simple and fun.

Things You'll Need

  • Two paper or tin plates per child
  • Magazines to cut out pictures
  • Hole puncher
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon or yarn
  • Stickers
  • Glue
  • Buttons, pebbles, beads, beans or kernels of corn
  • Purchase disposable aluminum pie tins or thick paper or plastic plates. You will need two plates for each child.

  • Punch holes through the rims of one pie plate every one inch or so.

  • Put the plates together and mark your holes on the second plate.

  • Punch holes at every mark on the second plate with a standard hole puncher.

  • Decorate the bottom sides of the plates as they will become the outside parts of your tambourine.

  • Use buttons, pebbles, beans or popcorn kernels to fill one pie plate.

  • Place the second plate on top and line up the punched holes with the first plate.

  • Thread yarn or ribbon through a hole and begin lacing the thread over and under each punched hole until finished. Leave some length of ribbon if you'd like, and tie into a knot or bow.

  • Now shake, rattle and roll!

Tips & Warnings

  • Be creative with your decorations. Permanent markers, stickers or pictures glued onto the outside of the pie plates work great.
  • You may string the yarn or ribbon going in the opposite direction as the first time to create an "X" with the ribbons.
  • Use seasonal or theme pictures if making the tambourines for a special occasion or holiday.
  • You may also add bells to the outside to make more noise. Simply thread your yarn or ribbon through the bell in between each punched hole.
  • Be careful when working with small children, as the fillers may be a choking hazard.

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