There’s nothing more disappointing than spending ages making a maraca and then it falls apart after a few shakes. We’re quite proud of this one…!
Nb: The supply list below makes one maraca. Just double up to make one for each hand.
You will need :
- 1 x 2 litre drinks bottle (rinsed out and dry)
- Toilet roll
- Sticky tape
- Cotton wool balls
- 1 tbsp uncooked rice or other noise maker.
- Piece of paper
- PVA Glue
- Paints/crepe paper/sequins etc for decorating.
- Cut the top and bottom off the drinks bottle (cut about 11cm down from the top or in the indent if there is one and 5cm up from the bottom). Plastic can be quite sharp when cut and you will need sharp scissors to cut into the bottle so adult help may be required depending on the child’s age. Trim off any sharp points and keep the middle piece for later.
- Make sure both ends are thoroughly clean and dry before slotting the top end inside the bottom end. If you are struggling, make a small incision in the top end. Secure well with sticky tape all the way around and set aside.
- To make the handle, take a toilet roll and cut straight up the middle. (We found that our toilet roll was too big to get our hands around so this way you will have handles which are stronger and narrow enough for small hands to hold)
- Re-roll the toilet roll into a tighter tube that will fit snugly into the top of the drinks bottle. Secure well with sticky tape. This isn’t difficult, but it does need a reasonably firm grip so may need an adult hand if doing this with small children.
- Stuff the tube with 5 or 6 cotton wool balls and secure both ends with sticky tape– this is to prevent the noise makers we put in next from falling down the tube. Set aside.
- Fill the bottle stump with 1 tablespoon of uncooked rice.
- Slot the toilet roll handle into the opening of the bottle and and secure well all the way around with sticky tape.
- You now have a functioning maraca which can handle some real shaking! How you choose to decorate it is up to you.
- If you would like to paint it, then you will need to papier maché the whole maraca and leave to dry overnight before painting. Use a half PVA glue half water paste and small strips of newspaper.
- Alternatively use PVA glue to stick on coloured tissue paper, crepe paper, sequins or anything else which takes your fancy. See steps in photos.
- If your bottle has an indented rim as shown in the picture make an incision here – on our bottle it is about 11cm down from the very top of the bottle opening. A slightly narrower end will make slotting the bottle ends together much easier!
- We used uncooked rice for our noise maker, but you could use something different such as dried peas or beans or even uncooked pasta.
- A quick, easy and less messy way to get your chosen noise maker into the bottle is to roll a piece of paper into a makeshift cone or funnel and pour your noise maker in via this tool.
- Use the middle piece of the bottle as a stand to place the maraca in when you’re decorating it and when you’re leaving it to dry.
- We used some garden string to make an easy hold handle. Just cover the handle in glue and wind the string around the length.
- For a quicker decorating result, papier maché with coloured crepe paper. As soon as it’s dry you’re ready to go. This is how we decorated the red maraca. The blue maraca is papier maché and paint.