A great fun project for adults and children alike, homemade maracas are definitely enjoyable homemade musical instruments to make.
This is a project where you can really get involved and possibly a little messy in the process 😉
What you will need:
- Two plastic bottles (I’ve used milkshake bottles)
- 2 handful’s of ether rice, pasta, lentils or beads
- Two sturdy toilet rolls
- Masking tape
For the paper mache:
- News paper strips
- 1 cup Flour
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 1 cup Water
How to make them:
- Place a handful of either rice, pasta, lentils or beads into each bottle, screw the lids on and give it a shake. Once you are happy with the sound and feel of them, secure the lids with glue.
- Place the neck of the bottles into the toilet rolls glue or tape in place with masking tape.
- Place a cross over the bottom of the toilet roll with the masking tape.
- To make up the paper mache paste, place the flour and salt in to a bowl, add the water and mix until smooth.
- Dip the news paper strips in to the paper mache paste then run the paper though your fingers to wipe off the excess. Cover the maracas with 3 layers of the paper mache, then leave to dry over night.
- Once the paper mache has dried complexly, cover with three more layers, and then once again leave to dry overnight.
- Your maracas are now ready painting and decorating. I’ve painted mine with blue acrylic paint and glued on some zig zag strips that I cut out of foam.
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