Homemade Toy Instruments

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How to make noisy, silly homemade toy instruments out of everyday household objects.

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homemade instruments on a white counter

How to Make Homemade Instruments

Kids love making noise, and these homemade wind, string, and percussion instruments are a fun way to spark their creativity and have some fun! The best part about this project is that you probably have all the stuff lying around your home, so it’s playful, fun, and affordable, too!

Here’s how to make DIY musical instruments –

making a homemade drum from a cup and balloon

How to Make a Toy Drum –


  • plastic cup
  • balloon
  • straws (for the drumsticks)


  1. Cut the balloon in half, and stretch the bottom part over the plastic cup.
  2. Attach string, feathers, beads, tissue paper, etc. to decorate and personalize your rattle-drum!
how to make a homemade guitar from a lid and strings

How to Make a Toy Guitar


  • rubberbands
  • popsicle stick
  • plastic lid
  • hot glue gun


  1. Hot glue the popsicle stick to the top of the lid.
  2. Stretch the rubber bands over the sides of the lid.
  3. Decorate with string, paint, tissue paper, etc. and start strumming away!
colorful homemade maracas on a white counter

How to Make Homemade Maracas


  • toilet paper rolls or cardboard tube
  • tissue paper
  • tape
  • rice
  • scissors


  1. Cut several strips of tissue paper wide enough to go around your toilet paper roll. Cut slits on the bottom for the fringe.
  2. Tape a tissue paper square over 1 end of the tp roll, then start layering the rest of your tissue paper till you almost reach the top.
  3. Fill the roll with rice.
  4. Tape another square of tissue paper on the top to seal your maracas, and you’re ready to start shakin’!
making a paper plate noise maker with dried beans

How to Make A Paper Plate Tambourine


  • 2 paper plates
  • dried beans, rice, popcorn, or beads
  • hot glue gun


  1. Put a handful of beans onto a paper plate.
  2. Place a line of hot glue all around the edges, then place the second paper plate on top.
  3. Decorate with fun tape, paint, strings, feathers, etc. to make it even more fun!
how to make a paper xylophone with popsicle sticks and paper straws

How to Make a Homemade Xylophone


  • colorful straws
  • large popsicle sticks
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun


  1. Lay your popsicle sticks down so the tops angle towards each other.
  2. Hot glue your straws onto the popsicle sticks.
  3. Cut the straws down to size, and play away!

Aren’t these homemade musical instruments so much fun?

collage of images showing how to make toy instruments

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