Cinco de Mayo Crafts

Maraca Mania

Go crazy celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Maraca Mania. Make these easy maracas and get dancing!

What You'll Need:

Clean, empty 16-ounce plastic bottle with cap

Funnel or paper

1/3 cup rice

Beads: 1/3 cup each red, green, white

Glitter or sequins: few teaspoons each red, green, white


Ribbon: red, green, white


Fabric paint: red, green, white

Make sure the bottle is clean and dry. If you don't have a funnel, make one by rolling a small piece of paper into a funnel shape. Place the funnel into the opening of the bottle, and pour in the rice. Add the beads and the glitter or sequins.

You can make a funnel out of paper. You can make a funnel out of paper.
You can make a funnel out of paper.

Once you have enough rice, beads, and glitter or sequins in the bottle, spread glue along the edge of the bottle top. Replace the cap, and let the glue dry.

Cut a variety of lengths of ribbon, and glue them to the bottle cap or wherever you choose. Use red, white, and green fabric paint to draw designs or write messages on the side of your bottle. When everything is dry, grab the maraca and shake it to make noise for Cinco de Mayo!

For another kind of maraca to make and shake -- and to increase the maraca mania on Cinco de Mayo -- see the next page for instructions on making Paper Bag Maracas.

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