Now that you have some new burner covers you have to figure out what to do with the old ones. That’s not hard to do. You can easily take a couple of them and turn them into a fun musical instrument for kids. The tambourine you create will give any small child hours of fun! It’s such an easy craft to do that it literally takes only a few minutes to make it.
Whether you buy new burner covers to make the tambourine, or you use old ones you already have, you’ll notice that one is large and three are small. They’re made to fit over the one large and two small eyes on the stove. Since you’ll need two burner covers to make one tambourine it’s ideal to use two of the small ones. However, you can always purchase two sets of the burner covers if you want to make a large tambourine. The covers are found at nearly any dollar-theme store for a buck or two so it’s not expensive to make the large tambourine.
Burner covers are usually decorated already but the designs aren’t exactly childlike. Although you can make the tambourine using the covers just as they are it’s really easy to change the design to suit a child. Simply cut two circles of fabric with a cartoon character theme, puppy theme, or other pattern, then glue one of these circles to each burner cover. Another option is to use paper as the design. Scrapbook paper gives you many choices for creating a theme that a child would like.
Choose what you want to put inside as the noisemakers for the tambourine. Dry beans or peas, tiny pebbles, rice, little bells, beads or similar items work well to create a rattle, a jingle or other sounds. Each item creates a different sound. For example, the tambourine with the bells inside will sound much different one with rice.
Lay one burner cover down so that the flat side is on the table. Add the noisemakers then position the other cover on top of it. Wrap a piece of colored or clear tape around the two. Now you’ll need a handle for the tambourine.
Make one handle by simply gluing a strap to one of the burner covers. Kids can simply slide their hand between the strap and the burner cover to hold and rattle it. There’s another handle you can make that’s much sturdier but it has to be attached before you tape the two burner covers together. To make it, lay one cover on a board so that the flat side is facing down. Hammer two holes in the cover, leave a wide gap between them. Position the chosen handle or strap and use push pins to secure the ends in the holes. On the opposite side, use two pencil erasers to hold the ends of the pins.
The tambourines are so much fun for little kids! Make several, putting different items in each one, and kids will make all sorts of music! When the child’s friends come over they can have a tambourine band! Won’t you love that?