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Bottle-cap Tambourines

Contest Photo by: FamilyFun_Team
Category: Just for Fun


Make and shake these tambourines that are popular in Brazil and Africa.


Strong, Y-shaped branch, preferably hardwood, Dozen metal bottle caps, Strong wire, Acrylic paint and brushes, Assorted decorations; feathers, colored cord, or beads.

How to Make

  • Decorate the stick with paints and feathers.

  • Remove the rubber liners from the bottle caps by having an adult "cook" them for five minutes on a hot outdoor grill (this step is optional but recommended, as it greatly improves the sound).

  • Flatten the caps with a hammer, then use a nail to punch a small hole in the center of each cap. Then thread the caps onto the wire and string tautly between the arms of the Y.

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