When it comes to small babies some of their favorite toys can be ones you make yourself. There are lots of different rattles and similar toys you can create to satisfy a baby and most of them can be made for pennies! Your baby will have hours of fun playing with a simple but exciting rattle that will cost you just a few cents to make. Use paper cups to create the colorful toy that will hold up for a long time.
You wouldn’t think that paper cups would make a very nice baby rattle, but actually, they do. Small paper cups are ideal – not Styrofoam. Plastic cups work okay, too, but they are rarely available in small sizes. Paper cups, however, are the perfect size for making a baby rattle.
Since paper cups aren’t all that sturdy you can strengthen them, plus give them a more colorful appearance, by covering them with colored tape. The plastic-coated tape works well to give the rattle the look you want. Start by placing tape pieces, side by side, across the bottom of the cup. After that, cover the sides, wrapping the tape to cover the entire cup.
Decide on the noisemakers you want to put inside the rattle. Dry beans, small bells, rice or other items work great. Place a handful into one cup then attach the two cups together using the same colored tape. Wrap several times to make sure the cups are secure. It’s important that the tape you’re using has excellent adhesive qualities.
Make a handle for the rattle by cutting a piece of twine or ribbon. Cut the piece to reach across the seam and halfway up each cup. Place one end of the twine on the side of one cup, and wrap a piece of tape around to secure it. Stretch the other end of the cord to the middle of the opposite cup and wrap tape around it to secure.
A different handle can be made before attaching the two cups together. For this one, tape the two ends of flat, narrow ribbon inside the lip of one cup. Now position the second cup over it and tape the two together. This handle lies vertically on the rattle whereas the other one runs horizontally.
The finished rattle will last a long time with it’s reinforced, plastic tape covering. If it happens to get smashed, though, you can afford to throw it away and make another. Your baby will love it!