Let’s learn how to make this fun Cinco De Mayo Maracas Craft today! This is the perfect project for Cinco De Mayo and it’s also great for learning how to make a musical instrument. Not to mention, I love finding ways to reuse things, and this its a great way to reuse old plastic Easter eggs and used (clean!) plastic spoons. Let’s always try to find ways to reuse or recycle plastic whenever possible! Let’s get started!
Check out our Cinco de Mayo printables, too!
Cinco De Mayo Maracas Craft
- Large plastic Easter egg
- Two plastic spoons
- Brightly colored washi tape
- 1-2 tablespoons of uncooked rice
Start by opening up your Easter egg and place 1-2 tablespoons of rice inside of it. I’ve found that rice makes a good maraca sound without being super loud like dried beans are. Close your egg and check the sound by shaking it. You can adjust the sound by taking out some rice or adding more. When you’re happy with the sound, go ahead and seal the egg by wrapping the seam with washi tape once or twice.
Next you’re going to set both your spoons against the egg like shown so the the ends of the handles touch and the egg is held securely. Then using the same washi tape you did to seal the egg, wrap it around the egg and the spoons 3-4 times. Now you’re going to start adding more washi tape, one layer at a time, above and below this center layer.
As you go up and down the egg, you’ll need to crease and fold the washi tape to fit the curves of the egg. Be patient when you get to the point where the egg transitions into the spoons handles, that area can be a bit tricky to work with.
Keep wrapping layers of washi tape until you’ve covered the entire and and the whole handle.
You’re all done and now have a very bright and colorful maraca! Now just make a second one to have a set and you’ll be ready to play. I hope you have fun making and playing with this Cinco De Mayo Maracas Craft!