Paper Cup Shakers

Make these festive paper cup shakers to make some noise on New Year's Eve or bring them along to sports events, national celebrations or parades.
Paper Cup Shakers craft


  • 2 small paper cups (or 1 food canister, e.g. Pringles)
  • Rice, beans, jingle bells or small coins
  • Crepe paper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Glue gun
  • Glue stick
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors

Safety Tips

  • Keep the glue gun out of young children's reach.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Paper Cup Shakers craft 1. Obtain 2 same-sized paper cups or one food canister (e.g. Pringles).
Step 2 Paper Cup Shakers craft 2. Fill one paper cup halfway full or your food canister 1/3 full with beans or rice. Other materials you can use include jingle bells, smalls and other small objects that can make some noise when shaken inside a container. Have fun experimenting with sound.
Step 3 Paper Cup Shakers craft Ask for an adult's help.3. Use hot glue gun to join the 2 paper cups along their lip. If you used a food canister, you can fix its lid permanently in place with a hot glue gun.
Step 4 Paper Cup Shakers craft 4. You may further reinforce the joint between the 2 paper cups with masking tape.
Step 5 Paper Cup Shakers craft 5. Paint the entire container with white acrylic paint. White acrylic paint serves as the primer - it covers any prints on the container and prepares it for the final color of paint.
Step 6 Paper Cup Shakers craft 6. If you prefer, you can make a light sketch of what you want to paint on your shaker. Otherwise you can go directly to the next step.
Step 7a Paper Cup Shakers craft 7. Paint on your shaker with colored acrylic paint or poster paint. You can go with simple stripes, spots or even do one solid color. You can always add stickers, glitter glue or paper cut-outs when the paint dries. This particular shaker is intended to be a 4th of July project.
Step 7b Paper Cup Shakers craft You can also paint on a complete picture or make abstract patterns.
Step 8 Paper Cup Shakers craft 8. You may further decorate your shakers with stickers, small paper or craft foam shapes, or glitter glue.
Step 9 Paper Cup Shakers craft 9. Cut and glue crepe paper strips at the top or both on the top and bottom of your shaker.
Paper Cup Shakers craft 10. Once the glue dries, you can start making noise with your shaker. The crepe paper strips serve as colorful streamers.

More Ideas

Fourth of July Paper Cup Shakers craft Bring your festive shakers to national celebrations, parades, games or sports events.