Recycled Musical Fun: 14 Great Instruments That You Can Make And Play At Home

All over the world people make music in the most interesting ways.   You might be surprised at the great instruments that you can craft at home based on many of these simple world music instruments.    Best of all, these activities all use recycled, on-hand materials.   From a pow-wow style drum your kids will love to play, to an African shekere to made-at-home maracas, you can create enough instruments here for some serious jamming!  And you just might discover some hidden talents in your family or friends as you create your own childrens music.



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So, if want to celebrate Earth Day with a silly song or if you’re looking for some creative and crafty musical fun, try your hand at some of these great activities below that come from the Parent’s Choice Award-winning website – www.dariamusic.com.


How to Make Instruments:


Didgeridoo

Materials: pvc piping or long gift wrap paper tube, materials for decoration
 

Washboard

Materials: sturdy cardboard, manila folder, materials for decoration
 

String Thing

Materials: sturdy metal or plastic box, rubber bands in various sizes
 

Guiro

Materials: plastic water bottle with ridges, unsharpened pencil, hair pick or used chopstick (as scraper), materials for decoration
 

Pow-Wow Drum

Materials: large piece of sturdy material (such as vinyl), materials for decoration

Make a Drum Beater

Materials: long stick, electrical tape, materials for decoration
 

Cajón (box drum)

Materials: sturdy cardboard box, materials for decoration
 

Shekere

Materials: Recycled milk jug, stickers, about a handful of any small material such as rice, birdseed or dried macaroni
 

Maracas

Materials: two small plastic water bottles, two toilet paper tubes, about a handful of any small material such as rice, birdseed or dried macaroni, electrical tape
 

Recycled Rattles – Nature Walk Rattles

Materials: any clear recycled container, any items found on a nature walk, electrical tape
 

Sistrum

Materials: either a wire coat hanger or a tree branch shaped like a \”y\”, jewelry wire or any thin wire, beads, jingles, buttons or other \”jangley\” objects.
 

Gong

Materials: large roasting pan, pipecleaners, large tube from gift wrap or large stick, stick (ruler or unsharpened pencil) for the beater, electrical tape, materials for decoration
 

Cajita  (little box percussion instrument)

Materials: cigar box, wooden dowel, small cabinet knob, materials for decoration
Link: http://wp.me/p1gB0a-13
 

Kalimba

Materials: small pieces of wood, bobby pins, push pins, glue
 

Ocean Drum

Materials: any shipping box, small piece of sturdy plastic or vinyl, packing tape, about a handful of any small material such as rice, birdseed or dried macaroni, materials for decoration
 
Now that we have shared resources that show you how to make instruments, which one will you be making as we celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd?

Comments

  1. Tara@Tales of a Trophy WIfe says

    My kids did a music class when they were younger. There favorite part was always the instruments.

  2. Donna says

    Children love music and will love creating personalized musical instruments. Encourage them to help the environment and save some money by turning recycled items in your home into musical instruments. There are a variety of instruments that children can make without guidance from adults. Encourage your children to create a band using the instruments they have created.

    Read more: How to Make Musical Instruments From Recyclables | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_8429195_make-musical-instruments-recyclables.html#ixzz1sri5py6v
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