Tools Needed
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill and small drillbit
  • 80 Grit sandpaper
  • Cordless screwdriver
  • Little drill bit for cordless screwdriver
Materials Needed
  • Easter egg
  • beads, beans, or other little small things
  • short piece of dowel rod, or fancy little table leg looking things
  • a screw
  • PVC pipe cement
  • Q-tip
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • ribbons, beads, other pretty stuff.

How to make maracas.

This is a simple variation on the paper plate rattle most of us made as a child. The big difference is that this design will last longer than a day. In fact, this is about as permanent as anything you give to a kid can be. While it isn't as cheap to make as a paper plate rattle, it still isn't too awful expensive. What's more is that just about any kid older than 3 can make it from scratch, with minimal supervision. Hey look at the plans, and see for yourself!

  1. The only thing a grown-up will have to do.
    If you're using the little bitty table leg looking things, you probably won't have to do this. If you are using dowels, cut about a 4" piece off (It's going to be a handle.). With your sandpaper, sand either end till there aren't any splinters. Now drill a little pilot hole slightly smaller than the screw you're using in the end of your dowel. If you are using the little table leg looking things, check to make sure it has a hole in the end of it, most all of them do.
  2. Attach the handle.
    Take the least pointy half of the Easter egg(red in the picture), and run your screw through it into the pilot hole in the handle. Phillips head screws are usually easier for kids to turn. If very young kids are doing this, poke a hole in the bottom of it.
  3. The noisey part.
    Take the beads or beans, and lay them in the bottom of the egg. The exact noise the maraca makes will depend on how much and what size noisey stuff you put in the egg. Now is the time to experiment, snap the top half on the egg and give it a shake. If you want ribbons on your maraca, do that now(More on that below). When you are happy with how it sounds, move on to the next step.
  4. Get it together.
    Now that you are happy with your maraca, it's time to glue it together. Be sure to do this outside(or at least in a well ventillated area), as the glue will make you high if you don't. If doing this in a VBS, try to have a guy outside who will be known as "The Glue Guy". Crack open the egg, being careful not to make your beads fly everywhere when you do. Put some glue on your Q-tip and run a light bead around the rim of the male side of the egg. Then snap the two sides together. Let it dry for about 20 minutes and rattle away.

Making your maraca pretty!

Don't want your maraca to look like just an egg on a stick? Well, who said it has to! You are really only limited by your creativity. I've listed some stuff I thought of, but this is by no means all there is.