Classic Crafts ~ Paper Plate Tambourines

After we made our craft sticks frames, I thought it would be fun to do a short series on classic crafts. You know, those crafts that we did as a kid.
So, I did a little brainstorming and came up with a list of fun ideas for you.
Come along on this trip down memory lane as we do a few classic crafts over the next two weeks.
Hopefully you’ll find something fun you want to do with your kids.



Are you ready to craft? Let’s make some paper plate tambourines.
Do you remember making these as a kid?
They’re easy to make and lots of fun to play with.
Supplies Needed:
Paper plate (2 per tambourine)
Dried beans
Hole punch
The first thing you want to do is decorate your paper plates. Decorate the bottoms of your plates, since that will be the side facing outward.
My girls chose paint because they love every excuse that can get to throw on their smocks and start painting.
You could also use crayons, markers, stickers, or even glitter glue to decorate your plates.
Once your paint is dry, flip one of the plates over and add a handful of dried beans.
If you don’t have any dried beans, or do not want to use a food product, you can add beads or small pebbles.
Take your second plate and line it up over your other plate. Both of the bottom sides will be facing outward.
Use your stapler and staple along the edge all around your tambourine.
Leave enough room in between your staples to punch a hole. We put one hole between all the staples.
Cut small pieces of ribbon and tie them in each hole. We used curly ribbon from our gift wrapping supplies and found it worked really well.
Now it’s time to play.
You can shake it.
You can rattle it.
You can drum it.
Or you can hide behind it.
It also works quite well if you hold it under your chin and beat it like a drum!

What was your favorite craft you made as a kid?

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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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