How to Build Your Own Salt & Pepper Shakers

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How to Build Your Own Salt & Pepper Shakers
Any hollow soft plastic or hard rubber figure can be made into a novelty salt shaker. (ballyscanlon/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Salt and pepper shakers are functional collectibles. From vintage to modern designs, shakers take many shapes. According to the Salt and Pepper Novelty Shakers Club, novelty shakers take the form of characters or figures. Shakers can be made from any material. Create your own novelty salt and pepper shakers from any hollow, soft plastic toy or figure. Discount, import and dollar stores have wide selections of hollow, soft plastic items such as animals, boats and other shapes to utilise as shakers.

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Things you need

  • 2 soft plastic, hollow figures with flat bottom
  • 2 rubber shaker stoppers, 1/2-inch diameter
  • Pen
  • Scissors or craft blade
  • Metal skewer

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  1. 1

    Turn the plastic figure so the flat bottom is facing you.

  2. 2

    Center the narrowest end of the rubber shaker stopper over the flat bottom of the figure.

  3. 3

    Trace around the plug end of the stopper onto the bottom of the plastic figure with a pen. Repeat this for the other figure.

  4. 4

    Poke the end of the sharpest scissor blade into the traced circle to create a hole. Cut the traced circle from the bottom of the shaker. If the soft plastic is soft enough, use a craft blade rather than scissors. Discard the cut plastic disc. Repeat this for the other figure.

  5. 5

    Use the tip of a narrow metal skewer to poke small holes onto or near the top of the figure. Poke four holes into one figure for salt ,and three holes into the other figure for pepper.

  6. 6

    Hold your finger over the holes poked into the shaker and fill it through the bottom hole with pepper or salt. Insert the plug into the 1/2-inch diameter hole. Repeat this for the other shaker.

Tips and warnings

  • Any hollow object that can be cut with a craft blade or scissors and is soft enough for holes to be added can be used to make shakers.
  • Shakers don't have to be identical figures. You may build "go with" shaker sets. A go-with shaker set is two shakers that form one theme, such as a seashell and starfish, or a boat and anchor.
  • Other hollow figure options are dried natural gourds, plastic fruit and vegetables, and harder rubberised squeak toys for babies or dogs.
  • Rubber shaker stoppers feature a narrow "plug" end and a rim or lip end that is wider and is secured outside of the shaker to hold the stopper in place. Rubber shaker stoppers also are called bank plugs, bank stoppers, and shaker plugs, and are available at craft stores in different diameters and assorted colours.
  • If you are using squeak toys to build your shakers, cut the filling hole over the squeak hole and remove the squeaker.

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