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Paper Plate Tambourine

Paper plate tambourine is a perfect Mardi Gras Activity for Kids.  Easy enough for pre-school children and inexpensive to make.  Find more Mardi Gras crafts for kids at
Children always enjoy musical instruments. This colorful tambourine is an easy Mardi Gras craft for kids and uses inexpensive paper plates and leftover Mardi Gras beads. The plates for this project came from the Dollar Tree, the 9″ plates come in green, gold, purple and other bright colors with 20 to a package. Since they are sturdy, only one plate is needed for each tambourine.
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Paper plate
  • Mardi Gras beads
  • Ribbon
  1. Cut 12 – 1″ snips along the outer edge of the plate. These snips should be about an inch apart and only on one-half of the paper plate.
  2. For a festive Mardi Gras look, use two different colors of beads. Cut three sections of beads from each color with 12 beads for each section.
  3. Slide the string between the first and second beads from one of the cut sections into the first snipped section on the paper plate. The one bead should be on the back of the paper plate, with the other eleven beads towards the front.
  4. Skipping the next snip in the paper plate, loop up the same cut section of beads to the third snipped section of the paper plate sliding in the thread so that one bead stays on the back of the paper plate.
  5. Repeat this with the rest of the beads, alternating colors.
  6. Once all the beads are in place, thread a ribbon through the snipped sections of the paper plate. *This step is optional and just for decoration.
  7. Staple the snipped sections of paper plate together so that the beads and ribbon will stay in place.

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