You use up all that yogurt but end up throwing the empty cups away. That’s crazy! There are all sorts of things you can make from the simple plastic cups with lids. Whether you’re a totally crafty person, or you just love yogurt, get out a few cheap supplies and make cool maracas for your kids. They’ll love making music with them and you’ll love how easy they are to make.
After cleaning the cups and lids, and making sure they’re completely dry, place a handful of noisemakers inside. You have a large variety of options when it comes to what you use as noisemakers. Place a few jingle bells inside, rice, dry beans, dry peas, beads or similar things. Each item you use will give that particular maraca a totally different sound than the others. And, if you place just a few noisemakers inside, you’ll create a different sound than if you place twice as much in there. Drop the chosen noisemakers inside, replace the lid, then rattle the container a little to see that you get just the sound you want. If you have more than one child use different noisemakers for each set of maracas and each kid will have his own sound.
Colored tape works well to make stripes that look great on the maracas. You’ll often find an assortment of colored tape, in a pack of four different colors, at many dollar-theme stores. Use it to create the color combinations you want. Another way to decorate the maracas is to glue a piece of fake fur onto each cup. Draw around the bottom of the cup and cut out the circle of fur. Glue it to the bottom of the yogurt cup. Cut a piece to go all the way around the container and glue it in place.
The lid of the yogurt container is the area where the handle will be attached. Find the exact center of the lid and cut an “x” shape. Use a wooden dowel as the handle; place a bit of hot glue on the “x” and push the dowel through a little ways. Allow it to dry completely then use tape, fur or other material to cover the rest of the maraca. If you want, you can glue a piece of decorative paper or cloth to the lid before cutting out the “x” and gluing in the dowel.
You can use gift wrap, scrapbook paper, cloth, felt, tape and other choices to cover the yogurt cups but keep in mind that, when using fake fur or thick material, you won’t be able to hear the maraca sounds quite as distinctly as if you use tape or paper. Make two maracas for each child; he or she will play with them for hours on end!