DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Paper Plate Tambourine

This is a classic craft that never loses its appeal (my 9 year old still likes making one every now and then).


  • two paper plates.
  • stapler
  • hole punch and string/wool
  • dried pasta, beans, sand, rocks or something like that
  • Optional:  stickers, paint, markers, construction paper, etc to decorate


  • Decorate outside of paper plates as desired.  Kaitlyn has always loved painting paper plates!
  • Fill one plate about 1/4 or less of the way full of dried pasta or beans (or similar material).
  • Put the other plate over the first and staple around the edge (about 4 staples).
  • Punch holes all the way around the plates (we punched 2 holes between each set of staples to make 8 holes in total).
  • Lace the plates together with string or wool -- Kaitlyn laced hers all the way around in one direction and then took a second piece of wool and laced it in the other direction to make her fancy pattern -- the children can do it however they like!
  • Shake your tamborine!