How to Make a Musical Instrument Shaker

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How to Make a Musical Instrument Shaker
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A shaker is a hand-held instrument that adds the essence of percussion with just a little shake. Shakers are one of the easiest homemade musical instruments you can make. The materials are easy to come by and can be substituted out with many different things. You can use virtually any container as long as it has a lid, and that goes for what you fill the shaker with as well. Rice, coins, beads, marbles, and even dried pasta can all be used. Various containers include tin cans, coffee cans, empty film canisters, empty plastic Easter eggs, glass jars, etc.

Things you need

  • Small plastic container with lid
  • Multicoloured permanent markers
  • 1 cup dried beans
  • Strong glue

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  1. 1

    Decorate a small plastic container using multicoloured permanent markers. You can use any plastic container or empty bottles. Create a pattern with hearts, stars, polka dots, music notes, etc. Allow the markers to dry to avoid smearing.

  2. 2

    Add a cup of a small, hard objects, such as dried beans, into the plastic container. Depending on the size of your plastic container, you may want to use more or less to achieve the preferred sound.

  3. 3

    Place the lid on the plastic container, using tiny amounts of a strong glue if necessary. Make sure that the lid is secure and holds strong.

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