Friday, August 1, 2008

Music Craft: Egg Shakers

Egg Shaker Craft

Egg shakers are a smaller version of the maracas. Musicians like to use egg shakers because they are small, cheap, and easy to pack around. You can use egg shakers to keep a beat, and to create rhythms as you slide them back and forth. I have created a simple version of an egg shaker that you can make with your kids. Hope you have as much fun as we did making them and shaking them!

Materials Needed:

1. Empty egg carton
2. Duct tape
3. Beans/rice/dry sand/corn (or something similar)
4. Paint/markers
5. Crepe paper streamer
6. Glue
7. Scissors


1. Cut out the compartments in the bottom of the egg carton

2. Cut sides to make even

3. Fill one of the compartments with beans/rice
4. Place an empty compartment on top of filled compartment

5. Cut 2 strips of duct tape ¼ inch wide and 6 inches long
6. Tape the compartments together (use 2 pieces of tape for strength)
7. Paint the shakers
8. Let dry
9. Cut a strip of crepe paper 6 inches long and ¾ inches wide
10. Fold the crepe paper in half long ways

11. Glue the crepe paper on the egg shaker
12. Let glue dry
Now they are ready to shake!

Note: If you make more than one shaker, you can try putting different objects in each of them to get different sounds (e.g. rice in one and sand in another.)


Susan said...

Very cute. My son actually has two egg shakers that he loves. He takes them in the car with him and shakes to the music. They were a gift from a former student whose mom was a musician and music instructor.

Genny said...

I've got your great blog listed in my post today. I loved your "ten reasons" list!

Merrie said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I was excited to find yours--I am an orchestra teacher and violinist, and am teaching my daughter to play the violin. I believe wholeheartedly in music education from an early age.

angie said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your egg shakers are beyond adorable, and your profile picture of hands on the piano is so great!

Laurie said...

I LOVE your ideas! I'll definitely be stopping by again!

Guinevere Meadow said...

My husband and I are in a band at our church and we have a bag full of "goodies" to play with- tambourines, various shakers, etc.

One of them is a banana shaker.

I don't care how much they beg me, I just WON'T play it. I don't think I need to explain why.

Munchkins and Music said...

Haha LOL! You are funny! No need for an explanation.

Jaime said...

Wow, what a great idea! Those egg shakers are awesome!
Thanks for stopping by today and wishing me a happy birthday!:)

MerrandaVK said...

Very Cute Idea. Going on my list! Blessings,

Octamom said...

Such a great idea! We'll need to put some of these together!

I'm looking forward to perusing more of your posts! Thanks for visiting my 'place'!

MoziEsmé said...

THese are so cute! Baby plays with a small tupperware container filled with dry beans, but these look like more fun!

Rhonda said...

Thanks for stopping by today!

I think the bride was probably wondering when we would be finished taking pictures!!!

Missy said...

What a cute idea! My daughter would love these! Perfect rainy day activity...

Bonnie the Boss said...

How sweet is he with those cute little shakers! Thanks or stopping by my blog. How the heck did you find me? I would love to live in Alaska. How is it?

Jonara Blu Maui said...

neat idea! I'll have to try this with my nephew..we are always looking for a new project. My own son is 17 I have to borrow the little ones ;-)

Mama's Losin' It said...

What a cute idea! The daycare kids would love this.

Cindy Dy said...

Thank you for this post. Keep it up. Hope to read more post from you guys.