do it yourself: bottle cap tambourine

Make your own music! Learn how to craft and decorate your own tambourine. This project is inspired from a past workshop in our makerspace, the Innovators LAB.

guidelines + materials

AGE: 6+ years old

TIME FRAME: 30 minutes


  • 4 Popsicle Sticks
  • Hot glue + hot glue gun
  • Wire
  • Tape
  • 4 Bottle Caps
  • Hammer
  • 1 Nail
  • Safety glasses
  • Markers

diy: bottle cap tambourine

Watch this short video to see how to make a tambourine out of bottle caps!


1. Hot glue together 4 popsicle sticks so that they form a branching Y with two popsicle sticks as the handle. Wrap the tape around your handle to reinforce it.

2. Next, while wearing a pair of safety glasses, use a hammer and nail to punch holes in the center of 4 bottles caps.

3. Carefully, wrap wire around one side of your popsicle holder. String your bottle caps through before wrapping your wire around the other end. Put tape over the wire so it doesn’t come undone.

4. After finishing up your tambourine, you can make it your own by decorating it with tape and markers!

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