Paper Plate Tambourine

Jingle away with this easy paper plate tambourine craft.
Paper Plate Tambourine craft


  • Paper plates
  • Hole punch
  • Pipe cleaner or twist ties
  • Jingle bells
  • Poster paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Palette
  • White glue
  • Decorate the tambourine with: craft foam shapes, sequins, glitter glue, etc.

Safety Tips

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Step 1 Paper Plate Tambourine Ask for an adult's help.1. Punch 4 to 5 evenly-spaced holes on a paper plate.
Step 2 Paper Plate Tambourine 2. Align this paper plate face-to-face with another plate.
Step 3 Paper Plate Tambourine 3. Use a pencil to make marks on the second paper plate through the holes on the first plate.
Step 4 Paper Plate Tambourine Ask for an adult's help.4. Follow the pencil marks to punch holes on the second plate.
Step 5 Paper Plate Tambourine 5. Align the plates to check if the holes are properly matched.
Step 6 Paper Plate Tambourine 6. Paint the outer side of each plate with your desired colors and design. Let the paint dry thoroughly.
Step 7 Paper Plate Tambourine 7. You can further decorate the painted plates with stickers, paper or craft foam cut-outs.
Step 8 Paper Plate Tambourine 8. If you want to add sparkle, glue on some sequins or draw dots, lines, and patterns with glitter glue.
Step 9 Paper Plate Tambourine 9. String a round bell through the middle of a metal twist tie or a 2-inch long pipe cleaner. Bend both ends of the twist tie or pipe cleaner. You need the same number of bells as the number of holes on each plate.
Step 10 Paper Plate Tambourine 10. Once the plates are dry, place them face-to-face, positioning the holes in exact alignment.
Step 11 Paper Plate Tambourine Ask for an adult's help.11. Insert one end of a twist tie or pipe cleaner through a hole and twist both ends to fix the bell in place.
Step 12 Paper Plate Tambourine Ask for an adult's help.12. Complete your tambourine by attaching the remaining bells through the rest of the holes.