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RMPBS Kids FunFest 2020

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Easter Egg Maracas

These bright and beautiful maracas can be made using colorful plastic eggs and the tutorial found at MADE EVERYDAY

Cardboard Guitar

Granted, this may take longer to make than many of the homemade music instruments here, but it really looks like the real deal. There is a great pictured tutorial at Make It & Love It that will make the process simple.

French Horn

It’ll be easy to make this French horn when you follow the instructions given at Pomelody blog.

Popsicle Stick Harmonica

This is a nice homemade music instrument for the kids to make and enjoy making music with.  Housing a Forest is the site where you’ll find the tutorial for this instrument.

Floppy Disc Percussion Instrument

When you go to Instructables Living for the tutorial to make this instrument, you’ll also find a video that allows you to hear what it sounds like.

Spin Drums

The directions for these pretty spin drums can be found at julep. This would be a fun activity for a child’s birthday party. A cute make and take project.

Japanese Pellet Drums

Music is made with these den den drums, or Japanese pellet drums, when the wooden stem is rolled between the hands, causing the beads to strike the heads of the drum. For the tutorial on making these drums, go to LEARNING 4 KIDS.

Balloon Skin Drums

What could be easier than making drums using tin cans and a balloon? A very simple, yet effective musical instrument that the kids can make themselves. Find the instructions on making this attractive drum at make and takes.

Bell Shakers

Visit hellobee to find the instructions on how to make these bell shakers.

Ankle Bells

Doesn’t this look like a party ready to start? This would make a great activity for the kids at a birthday party. Make ankle (or wrist) bells by following the instructions at Rainy Day Mum and then sing and dance up a storm.


Small coins or washers are glued to the edges of the painted plate to make the music with these cymbals. Go to first palette for the directions for making the cymbals.

Balloon Bongo

MINIECO.CO.UK has the tutorial for making the balloon bongo drums. As you’ll see this is really a three in one instrument. Every kid will love this noise maker.

Jingle Stick and Jingle Ring

You can make a jingle stick or a jingle ring (or both of them) when you follow the instructions found at Buggy and Buddy. Once you have your supplies together, the jingles will come together quickly.

Tom-Tom Drum

Egg Carton Maracas

It’s really nice when we can teach about recycling while having fun making musical instruments. That’s what we can do when following the instructions at Artsy Momma and using egg cartons for the maracas.

Rain Stick

There’s no limit to the ways a rain stick can be decorated, so when you are finished making your rain stick following the instructions at the imagination tree, then go to town with all the colors and bling.

Singing Straws

Did you know that you could make music by blowing on straws? The different lengths of the straws makes different tones. See how to make these singing straws by going to KROKOTAK and following the directions that you’ll find there.

Thumb Piano

According to ALINA’S ADVENTURES , where you’ll find the tutorial, the thumb piano has it’s background in indigenous African music. Find a video on the site also that gives you a sample of the thumb piano music.

Wrist Bells

These wrist bells, with the tutorial at Skip to my Lou, are actually made really well and will last for a long time. These would be nice to give as a gift to a child who loves to make music and dance.

Pan Flute

This instrument called a panpipe or pan flute is made using plastic pipe. The author says that her pan flute works as well, if not better, that her purchased bamboo one. Find all the information you need to make this musical instrument at Musical Magic.

Chinese Gong

When the kids hear that this musical instrument is called a Chinese gong, they’ll be all ready to make one like it. You’ll find the instructions for this project at KinderART. Easy to make with items you have on hand.

Tubular Bells

Be sure to save your paper tubes so you’ll have enough of them when you start making musical instruments. Everyone in the family will want to be part of this band. Then follow the tutorial at MINIECO.CO.UK to make these tubular bells instruments.

Rainbow Shakers

Imagine all the fun this project will be. First, there’s the painting the paper towel rolls, then adding the beans, rice or whatever, and then playing music. See the instructions at Views From My Window for making the shakers.

Water Pipe Trombone

Here is another interesting musical instrument to make. You’ll find the tutorial at Musical Magic. You’ll see that it is an easy project and one that gives good sound. There’s a little more to making this trombone, but you’ll be pleased with the results.

Musical Didgeridoo

Find out how to make this unusual and ancient musical instrument that the Aborigine people played. The instructions are found at Kool Kids Crafts.

Tambourine Stick

Make a really inexpensive musical instrument using a a tree branch, a wire coathanger and some bottle caps. You can follow the instructions at Oh Rubbish.

Mini Banjo

You’ll want to start saving jar lids so you can make these little mini banjo for yourself and your friends. The Craft Train shares their tutorial.

Tin Can Howler

Boho Inspired Tambourine

A Bubbly Life is where you’ll find the instructions for making this tambourine.

Mini Harp

Here is a new use for a Frisbee. To make a mini harp like this one, follow the directions given at Instructables.

Pingles Can Drums

This is a two fold great project. First you get to eat all the Pringles, and then make a set of drums so you can march. The Taylor House has the instructions.

Homemade Bells

Use garage sale crystal goblets to make these homemade musical bells.

Diddley Bow

You’ll want to check out the history of the diddley bow, also known as the “string wonder,” when you go to Scholastic, to find the tutorial. An interesting and fun instrument to make.


Find the tutorial for this outstanding xylophon at Dennis Havlena.

Simple Tissue Box Guitar

This is a very simple, easy to make guitar. Find the directions at Little Learners Lounge.

Copper Pipe Glockenspiel

I don’t know if there are many who would want to attempt this instrument, but just in case there is, you’ll find the tutorial at instructables. I’m super impressed with anyone who would try this. A video on the site lets you hear what the glockenspiel sounds like.


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