You Will Need ...
  1. T.P. tube

  2. Stapler

  3. Duct Tape (for protection from the staples)

  4. Maraca filler: dried beans, rice, little pasta or bells

  5. Decoration: markers, tissue paper, ribbon, string, glue, colorful duct tape

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Step 1: 

The first thing you want to do is decorate the T.P. tube. Use colorful tape, decoupage using tissue paper and a glue stick, or just draw on the tube with markers! We have tried fabric, stickers, and beads on the outside. Each style creates a different sound, so why experiment?

Step 2: 

Once fully decorated, you want to pinch down and staple one end of the tube closed.

Step 3: 

Fill the T.P. tube with the filler of your choice. You don't need too much filler, only about 2 or 3 tablespoons.

Step 4: 

Turn your tube a quarter turn and pinch off the end in the opposite direction as your first closure. You want to create a triangle-shaped T.P. tube as opposed to a flattened tube. Staple the end closed.

Step 5: 

Use tape to cover both ends of the tube to ensure no little fingers get snagged or pinched by the staples.

Step 6: 

Now you can shake it, shake it! Here are a few T.P. tube maracas I decorated.

Age: 
Toddler
Preschool
School-age
Tween
Teen
Craft Length: 
15 - 30 minutes
Difficulty: 
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Prep Time: 
No prep time needed!
Recycled: 
Paper
Supervision: 
1 adult per 10 children