Simple Noisemakers/Shakers

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These noisemakers – made from raisin boxes or other small containers – are perfect for little hands.

By: Andrea Mulder-Slater

What You Need:

  • Raisin boxes
  • Wooden craft sticks
  • Stuff to put inside (rice, lentils, beads, etc.)

Supplies to make noisemakers.

What You Do:

To begin with, put a few beads (or rice, or lentils) into each box.

Then, glue the boxes shut, but not before shoving a stick inside.

Make noisemakers from raisin boxes.

Once the glue is dry, paint the boxes and unfinished sticks. (I used cotton swabs to make the dots).

Little noisemaker shakers.

I love raisin box noisemakers because they are just the right size for little hands.

Little noisemaker shakers.

However, you could use lots of other items from around the house instead. Cracker or cereal boxes, paper cups (taped together) or paper plates folded in half (and stapled) would work beautifully. Really the idea is to use what you have on hand.

For example, an empty water bottle or Parmesan cheese container with beads inside and some ribbon tied around the top makes an excellent (and instant) New Year’s Eve noisemaker.

Cheese container shaker.