Move and shake to the rattle of our DIY Fruity Maracas: Strawberry, Pineapple and a Prickly Pear!
Looking for a musical craft activity? Why not make your own DIY maracas? All you need to make these fun Fruity Maracas are the Happythought printable templates, scissors, a glue stick and some rice!
What is a maraca?
A maraca is a musical percussion instrument – a rattle used traditionally in Latin and Carribean music. They are played as a pair. Maracas are usually made of leather, wood, or plastic.
Why not make your own DIY maracas? All you need to make these fun Fruity Maracas is the happythought templates printed on to white card, scissors, a glue stick and some rice!
How to make a fruity Strawberry Maraca
You will need: Happythought maraca templates, scissors, a glue stick, a bowl of rice.
Print your templates on to a light card stock (around 120-140g).
Trim carefully around the maraca templates.
Fold tabs on your fruit template as shown.
Carefully glue the fruit together leaving the top ‘lid’ open. You can reinforce the inside of the fruit with masking or sticky tape (optional).
Roll around a pencil to form a tube of paper and secure the open side with glue. Your roll should have a diameter of approx. 12mm.
Slide the tube into the bottom of the fruit (so that at least 15mm is inside the base), to form the handle of the maraca.
Glue the triangular tabs on to the outside of the tube to hold it in place.
Wrap the smaller strip around the top of the handle to add reinforcement.
Roll up a small ball of paper or tissue.
Insert the ball of paper in to the end of the handle. Push it down using a pencil. This is stop the rice falling out!
Next fill the fruit with approx. two table spoons of rice.
Close the lid and glue the tabs in place.
Making the top leaves
Fold the leaves template and glue back-to-back, so that one side has the images and the other is the solid color.
Carefully cut out the leaves.
Curve the edges of the leaves by rolling them around a pencil.
Stack the leaves (large then small) and glue them together.
Glue the leaves on to the top of the fruit. Step Six Yippee! Your maraca is ready!
Finishing off your pineapple maraca with green leaves
Our strawberry, pineapple and prickly pear maracas are easy and fun to put together. For the rattle sounds we put rice in our maracas. Beans, seeds and other grains work well too.
Printable maracas templates in color and black and white
The templates also include color-in versions so you can paint or decorate them as you like.
The best high quality 300 dpi PDF craft and worksheet templates you can find. Designed to be teacher and printer friendly. our templates and worksheets also contain simple and easy to follow instructions.
More ideas for your DIY Fruity Maracas
Why not add some glitter? You can also use these templates as a base for longer lasting papier mache maracas.
Now you are ready to make some music!
This is a fun classroom resource for a music class, arts and crafts projects, family craft time or homeschool.
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