Musical Crafts: Paper Plate Tambourine

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To your child what could possibly be more fun than making a mess? Making a mess that will turn into an instrument that will make noise! Musical crafts are always so much fun. Try out this indoor activity from  The Pinterested Parent

By Kim Uliana, The Pinterested Parent 

There are a couple of things that I know about kids. They like to make noise and they like to make a mess. My child excels at both of these things. She has quite a collection of instruments, some are store bought and some are homemade. All of them are loud. She aspires to be a little rock star. She is well on her way. One of the staples for every tiny musician is a tambourine.

This is a very easy and fun craft that children of various ages can do.

What you will need:

  • Two paper plates
  • ½ cup of dry beans
  • Glue or staples
  • Acrylic paints
  • Ribbon or yarn
  • Optional: Bells, beads, glitter etc.


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Paint the bottom side of both paper plates. You may paint them solid or make designs and pictures. Let the plates dry.



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Glue or staple together the two plates around the edges. Only go halfway around so that there is an opening to put the beans into. Add the beans into the two connected plates. Staple or glue around the rest of the plate.


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Use a hole punch and punch holes around the outside of the plate everywhere that you would like a ribbon.


Cut a few lengths of ribbon or yarn and lace one ribbon through each hole. When complete tie the ribbon into a knot.pic 6 tam



Add any extra embellishments such as beads or bells to dress it up or to add additional sound to your instrument.

Let your little rock stars rock out. Enjoy!


3 Responses to Musical Crafts: Paper Plate Tambourine

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  2. I have all of these materials and it’s on our to do list! Love your craft ideas!

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