How to make a paper plate tambourine

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What can you do with pie foils, bells, a paper plate and gift wrap? Turn them into a tambourine, of course.

The kids will have great fun making this fun musical craft and when it’s finished they’ll love shaking and banging it to the beat! The pie foils are perfect for creating that real tambourine tinkle and the paper plate has a brilliant booming sound when the kids pat it. Your kids can also add some bells on (leftover from their seasonal chocolate figures) to make their paper plate instrument sound like the real thing.

Scroll down for our brilliant step-by-step guide on how to make a paper plate tambourine.

Age group: Kids as young as 3 can get involved in making this paper plate tambourine – they will just need help tying on the pie foils and bells on.

What you will need

  • 1 paper plate
  • 16 pie foils
  • Leftover gift wrap
  • 2 bells leftover from seasonal chocolate figures
  • Decoupage glue squirted out onto a paper plate (OR mix 3 parts of PVA glue with 1 part of water if you don’t have decoupage glue)
  • Paintbrush
  • Sharp pencil/pen
  • White embroidery thread
  • Scissors