Paper Plate Tambourine

Create your own rhythm and jingle sounds with this easy to make DIY paper plate tambourine

Skill Level

Easy

Time to Make

1 hour 15 minutes

Adult Supervision Needed

Yes

How to Make

  1. Paint the back of a white paper plate using a bright, bold colour. Leave to dry. Add another coat if required. Leave to dry.
  2. Paint the back of another white paper plate using a contrasting colour to the first plate. Leave to dry. Add another cost if required. Leave to dry.
  3. Using mini craft glue dots, stick gold jingle bells all around the edge of one of the plates on the coloured side.
  4. On the other plate, use mini craft glue dots to stick silver jingle bells all around the edge of the plate on the coloured side.
  5. Cut 5 pieces of bright coloured ribbon roughly 10cm long. Cut 5 more pieces of bright coloured ribbon in a different colour roughly 10cm long. Pair the ribbon pieces together into 5 pairs of one colour each.
  6. Cut a square of bubble wrap roughly 20cm X 20cm.
  7. Place glue using a glue stick all around the inside edge of one of the plates on the non-painted side. Stick the pieces of ribbon in pairs to the glue around the edge of the plate. Make sure the ribbon pieces are sticking out over the edge.
  8. While the glue is still sticky quickly stick the two plates together and stuff in between the plates the sheet of bubble wrap to make padding inside the tambourine.
  9. Paint a spiral shape in the middle of one of the sides of the tambourine using the colour you used on the opposite plate. Paint lines around the outside of the spiral to look like a sun. You may need to add another coat to make it stand out nice and bold. Leave to dry.
  10. Repeat step 8 on the other side of the tambourine using the colour you used on the opposite plate. Leave to dry.

Top Tip

This craft is a great classroom activity encouraging children to make their own tambourine that they can play. You can experiment by stuffing the tambourine with different materials such as beads, rice, foam etc. to see how it changes the sound the tambourine makes.

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