Paper Plate Cymbals

Make a pair of paper plates into fun and noisy cymbals.
Paper Plate Cymbals craft


  • Two large paper plates
  • Gold poster paint or acrylic paint
  • Gold ribbon or pipe cleaner
  • Paint brush
  • Hot glue gun

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 Plate Cymbals craft Ask for an adult's help.1. Find a pair of identical-sized paper plates. Using the tip of a pencil, carefully punch a pair of holes at the center of each plate. The distance between the holes should be about 3 inches or approximately as wide as the palm of your hand.
Step 2 Paper Plate Cymbals craft 2. Paint both sides of the paper plates with gold poster paint or acrylic paint.
Step 3 Paper Plate Cymbals craft 3. Allow the paint to dry.
Step 4 Paper Plate Cymbals craft 4. For the cymbals' straps, obtain a pair of gold pipe cleaner or cut a pair of 10-inch long gold ribbon strips.
Step 5 Paper Plate Cymbals craft 5. Position a cymbal with the bottom side facing up. Insert the ends of a ribbon or pipe cleaner into the pair of holes on the cymbal.
Step 6 Paper Plate Cymbals craft 6. Tie the ends of the ribbon or pipe cleaner on the flip side of the paper plate.
Step 7 Paper Plate Cymbals craft 7. Try holding the cymbal through the strap.  Adjust the length of the strap for a comfortable fit.
Step 8 Paper Plate Cymbals craft 8. Repeat Steps 5 to 7 for the second cymbal.
Step 9 Paper Plate Cymbals craft Ask for an adult's help.9. On each cymbal's flip side, use hot glue gun to attach small coins or metal washers all around the edges of the plate.
Paper Plate Cymbals craft 10. When the glue dries, try banging the cymbals together to make some noise. Now and then some coins may fall off but that's okay. You can always glue them back later. Enjoy!