Children will love making these homemade musical instruments out of cheap materials including a paper towel roll, stiff paper and jingle bells.
- Glue stick
- 1 sheet blue and orange construction paper
- Paper towel roll
- 4 pieces of 60 cm long strands of yarn
- 6 jingle bells
- Red, green and blue construction paper cut into small squares
- Place blue construction paper on a table. Cut the orange construction paper in half long wise. Lay half of the orange paper next to the blue paper. Overlap the orange paper an inch and use the glue stick to attach the blue and orange together.
- Use the glue stick to attach the paper to the paper towel tube completely. Trim off any excess.
- Tuck the overlap into each end of the tube.
- Thread 1-2 jingle bells onto each length of yarn, 2 bells on 2 pieces, 1 bell on 2 pieces. Tie a knot in each one to keep the bells stable.
- With the tube laying on the work surface, lay each length of yarn across the tube, alternating bells on each side. For example, lay the first length of yarn across the top of the tube, about an inch from the top with the bells on the left side. Place the next length of yarn about 2 inches below the first in the same fashion, only have the bells on the right. Secure the yarn with white craft glue and trim the ends when glue is dry.
- Decorate the tube with small squares of blue, green, and red construction paper.
- To use, hold the tube at the orange end and twist the tube left to right by moving your wrist left to right. This will cause the yarn and bells to swing back and forth around the tube.
- Liquid glue can be used in place of a glue stick.