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DIY Musical Tambourines

by Jenna Gleason

Keep your kids entertained with these adorable, simple, homemade tambourines made with items from around the house. They are easily customizable with glitter, colors, sounds, shapes, and imagination. It’s a unique, kid friendly music appreciation craft sure to keep children entertained with their very own jam session!


1 Circle Foil Tray

Colorful String




  1. Flip the circle foil tray over so that the “bottom” is facing up. Let your kids paint and draw all over it! Use glow in the dark paint for a fun surprise, or glitter.
  2. Use a single hole punch and go around the edges of the tray, leaving 6-8 inches in between each hole punch.
  3. Cut 4-6 inch pieces of ribbon. We punched out 8 holes, so needed 8 pieces of string.
  4. Tie bells onto one end of each string. Then tie the other end of the string to the tambourine using the holes you punched out earlier.
  5. Let your kids play, or create a band, and use them just like normal tambourines!

Jenna is a staff writer and production assistant at Creative Child Magazine. She is currently attending University of Nevada - Las Vegas.

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