TUTORIAL: Easter Egg Maracas for ~ Cinco De Mayo!

by Dana on April 24, 2012

A couple years ago the kids came home from pre-school with these cool little maracas….made from plastic easter eggs.
So with left-over easter eggs on-hand and Cinco De Mayo coming up, the stars were aligned and we had to get shaking.Here’s what you need:
(Note: you can substitute popcorn for rice, beans, or lentils for different shaking sounds)

Here’s what you do:
Be as elaborate or as simple as you want with the tape.  You could even use colored tape to hold the maracas together.  But I prefer this:
Do it again.
and again, till you have a big bowl full of these shakers.
My Dad and I made the 50 maracas above for a New Years Eve party last year.  I’m not sure who had more fun drawing and coloring….him, me, or Lucy.  This project is fun for kids of all ages.For a real colorful celebration decorate with these:

Then enjoy the fiesta!

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1 Helen April 24, 2012 at 9:36 am

We’re having a party on Cinco De Mayo for my husband’s 40th – these are perfect for the girls to make and all the kids/grown-ups to play with.

Is the white white tape just regular masking tape?


2 Renee April 24, 2012 at 9:53 am

So cute! What a great idea :)


3 Rachel Parker April 24, 2012 at 10:18 am

Pinning this for future young’ns :P Thanks for sharing!


4 Ginny @ Goofy Monkeys April 24, 2012 at 10:33 am

Brilliant idea!! I may take this one into my daughter’s preschool class!!


5 katie Evans April 24, 2012 at 10:41 am

What a fun idea! Lyndon has been filling his Easter eggs with rice since Easter (and yes, accidentally dropping them on the floor to create a wonderful rice mess). He will love this new idea (and I’ll love that the eggs are now TAPED together!). btw, happy to see you have the internet again. phew.


6 Disney April 24, 2012 at 10:47 am

That is genius! my little Paige would love those!


7 Leigh Anne April 24, 2012 at 11:28 am

So fun! And love the Owen dancing photos….so cute!


8 Tiffany G. April 24, 2012 at 11:44 am

Love it! We just made drums and paper plate tambourines for my church’s nursery with the kids. These would make great instruments to add to our collection.


9 Jackie April 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm

How fun! My kids would love that. My sweet girl is turning two on Thursday, just might have to do this for her birthday.


10 Ashlie April 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Seriously genius! Thanks for sharing. I saw cute Lucy and your heart doily shirt in my Family Fun magazine. Such cute kiddos!


11 Anshu April 24, 2012 at 12:47 pm

These look so much fun. I have pinned it, can’t wait for my daughter to grow up and do this with me.


12 Carla April 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm

This is beyond clever! I can’t wait to try it.


13 Katie P April 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm

haha, love the last picture :) Very cute!


14 Anne April 24, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Looks like a lot of fun!


15 Michelle April 24, 2012 at 3:03 pm

What a fun idea! I love O’s shorts too. :-)


16 Kate @ A Creative Cookie April 24, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Such a brilliant idea!! I was just stopping by after I saw you in a Family Fun magazine! Congrats! :)


17 Caren Adams April 24, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Wow – isn’t it amazing how BIG your kids get when you have a baby?!!! Owen is super big boy, now!!!! Wow.


18 delia April 24, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Fun idea! We might just have to do this. I think it is really fun that you celebrate Cinco de Mayo. I guess I should be better about it since I’m from AZ.

As always you photographed this beautifully!


19 bdaiss April 24, 2012 at 5:38 pm

What a great idea! Although I admit…I always horde my plastic Easter eggs. We make a big to-do of “sending them back to the bunny” each year. Still, I bet I could spare a few.


20 Jen April 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Thanks for this! I was looking for something fun to do with my preschoolers. This is a great idea!


21 Anna@ActiveFingers April 24, 2012 at 8:25 pm

What a fun idea! As a music teacher, I have made egg shakers before but I never would have thought to add spoons to make them into maracas! Love it and thank you for sharing :D


22 Suzanne April 24, 2012 at 8:54 pm

What a cute idea! My kids love anything that makes noise – er, music! We will have to try this out!


23 Alicia April 24, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! I had to blog about it, haha http://www.thebetternester.com/2012/04/maracas.html


24 Tacie April 24, 2012 at 10:39 pm

I love it! I wonder… what if you stretched a balloon over it instead of taping it… would it even work? I just might have to try that!


25 Maria April 25, 2012 at 8:13 am

Brilliant! I must have some plastics eggs hanging around somewhere…


26 Alana April 25, 2012 at 7:17 pm

What a great idea for easy craft at home. I just love your blog, I look forward to reading it every day while I savor my morning coffee. Thanks!


27 Kate April 30, 2012 at 2:51 am

Love this idea. So easy & fun for kids.


28 Haley from Everneveragain May 2, 2012 at 1:28 am

Hi Dana, thanks for sharing this awesome idea! We made some of these and I’m linking your post to my Cinco de Mayo ideas. Thanks for all you share and inspire here, I so enjoy your blog!


29 doro K. May 9, 2012 at 3:11 am

great! what a fun to make! (crafting to make noise..:) )

I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

doro K.


30 Sabrina May 9, 2012 at 3:48 am

I love your ideas! It`s always fun to read your site.
Even my english is not so good. The pictures tell everything
Thank you


31 Lisa May 12, 2012 at 6:27 am

Such an awesome idea!! I love it


32 Carolyn May 12, 2012 at 7:34 pm

So clever, the kid I nanny for had some plastic easter eggs laying around she’s bored of I’ll have to see if I can track them down for reuse.


33 Patty June 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I love this idea. I have egg shakers for my music classes, but now I’ll add spoons to some of them…the kids will love it. Thanks.


34 pattie August 23, 2012 at 3:28 am

very cute! I pinned it to my Oogieloves Party board: http://pinterest.com/pattiecordova/an-oogieloves-party/


35 kimberly sutton November 30, 2012 at 7:45 pm

I love the ideas that are on the this website.


36 Diane Hurst March 9, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Wow, what a great idea, to use the spoons to make a handle! Also never would have thought of covering the entire egg with tape, and then decorating it, but I really like the way those ones look :)


37 Carissa March 20, 2013 at 1:06 am

What a great idea! I’m always at a loss about what to do with leftover easter eggs. I featured you today on Creative Green Living.


38 debra March 21, 2013 at 4:22 pm

what kind of tape is it?


39 Elyse May 14, 2013 at 9:12 pm

What an AWESOME idea!! I wish I would have stumbled upon this before Cinco De Mayo so that my first graders could have made these. Definitely saving for next year!!


40 Cathy Miller May 31, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I love it!!! Thank-you!!!


41 eliana September 21, 2013 at 6:07 pm

i love is ideia!!


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