Make & Shake: The World’s Easiest Tambourine Craft

little girl playing a paper plate DIY tambourine Gabby Cullen

Got a paper plate? If so, you can easily make this fun instrument

Give your kids a crash course in music appreciation, and fill an afternoon with creative fun by helping them make a DIY tambourine. Scroll down to find out what you’ll need (a few supplies and lots of imagination!) to make this paper plate tambourine, and your baby Beethovens will be hosting their own jam sessions in no time. Feeling crafty? Check out these other homemade instruments that actually work.

supplies for diy paper plate tambourine

What You’ll Need to Make a DIY Tambourine

1. Stiff paper plates (we used Chinet lunch plates)

2. Curling ribbon— any color

3. Silver jingle bells

4. Marker pens

5. Stickers

6. Scissors

7. Fishing line

8. Hot glue gun (parental supervision required)

9. Hole punch

little girl making a paper plate tambourine

Design the Paper Plate Tambourine

Let your kids design their own tambourine using markers and stickers. Each plate will be a side of the instrument.

Assemble the DIY Tambourine

steps for putting together a DIY tambourine
Step One

Measure and punch along the edge of the two paper plates. One spot at a time, use a pen to line up the location of the holes on each side of the tambourine.


Step Two

Using the fishing line, thread two jingle bells through each hole. Continue until every punched hole has two bells strung tightly.


Step Three

Curl strips of ribbon with the scissors and then using just a dab of hot glue, insert and secure the strips to the bottom of the tambourine.

Play the Tambourine

They’ll love the impromptu jam session that occurs right after the project is complete!

little kids enjoying a DIY paper plate tambourine




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