Sep 12

DIY: Toy Maracas

by Hannah Holt »


A craft with a beat.

What you’ll need:

  • cardboard tubes
  • Saran wrap
  • packaging tape
  • rice
  • decorations of your choosing… we used finger paints

Step 1) Pull Saran wrap around the end of a tube and secure in place with packaging tape. Then place more packaging tape over the end of the tube. (The Saran wrap by itself is prone to punctures. The packaging tape provides a firmer seal.)

Step 2) Fill the tubes with 1-2 handfuls of rice. Using a funnel helps keep the mess down.

Step 3) Repeat step 1 to seal the other end of the tube.

Step 4) Decorate the maraca. We finger painted copy paper and used more packaging tape to secure it around the maracas.

Step 5) Have a dance party with the new maracas! (I like crafts that end with a party. Don’t you?)

  1. Lori Mozdzierz

    What crafty fun!!

    • Hannah Holt

      Thanks, Lori.

  2. Susanna Leonard Hill

    YOu always have such great craft ideas! You’ve gotta love a craft that ends with a party :)

  3. Joanna

    You have brought back vivid memories of some real Spanish maracas I had as a kid. Boy was I annoying with them. Such a great activity!

    • Hannah Holt

      Thanks, Joanna.

  4. Tara Oliver

    Great simple idea!!