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Bottle-cap Tambourines | Homemade Musical Instruments

Bottle-cap Tambourines

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Make and shake these tambourines that are popular in Brazil and Africa.


  • Strong, Y-shaped branch, preferably hardwood
  • Dozen metal bottle caps
  • Strong wire
  • Acrylic paint and brushes
  • Assorted decorations; feathers, colored cord, or beads


Bottle-cap Tambourines - Step 1

Decorate the stick with paints and feathers.

Remove the rubber liners from the bottle caps by having an adult "cook" them for five minutes on a hot outdoor grill (this step is optional but recommended, as it greatly improves the sound).

Flatten the caps with a hammer, then use a nail to punch a small hole in the center of each cap. Then thread the caps onto the wire and string tautly between the arms of the Y.