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Make your own musical instruments

Your kids can make their own musical instruments at home with simple materials, including:

  • recycled materials: cardboard boxes and tubes, bottle tops and lids, shampoo bottles, tin cans and empty ribbon spools
  • rubber bands and wool/yarn
  • paper plates
  • wooden sticks, spoons, embroidery hoops and craft sticks

make your own musical instruments

Here are some of our favourite DIY musical instruments for kids!

Cardboard instruments from Minieco


Making a kazoo from Buggy and Buddy


DIY rain sticks from Danya Banya

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How to make a rainstick instrument from Buggy and Buddy

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Easy DIY for kids – Castanets from One Perfect Day


Mini lid banjos from The Craft Train


Seashell sensory shaker from Arty Crafty Kids



Mini tin can drums from Make and Takes


DIY musical instruments from Julep


How to make a paper plate musical shaker from Nurture Store


DIY musical instruments from Skip to my Lou – wrist bells and rhythm sticks

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Homemade musical instrument: Den Den drum from Learning 4 Kids

den den drum

DIY wooden instruments from hellobee


Aboriginal clapping sticks from Laughing Kids Learn


Popsicle stick harmonica from Housing a Forest


What is your kids’ favourite musical instruments?

You can find more fun DIY musical instruments on our Pinterest page here.



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