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Mardi Gras Crafts

Clink-Clank Noisemaker

Tissue boxes and jar lids help you make noise for Mardi Gras.
Tissue boxes and jar lids help you make noise for Mardi Gras.

Sound off at Mardi Gras with an easy-to-make clink-clank noisemaker. People love to make noise during Mardi Gras, and this Mardi Gras craft will allow you to join in the fun.

What You'll Need:

Empty tissue box (the long, flat kind)




Heavy paper


Two jar lids




Gold, purple, and green glitter

Mark a line across the top and sides of the tissue box; the line should be across the shorter length of the box. Cut down the line on all three sides. Bend the box so the back sides touch.

Cut straps from heavy paper, and tape them down inside each half of the box so that they are slightly curved. The straps will hold your hand inside the noisemaker.

Glue the jar lids to the outside of each half.

Paint your clink-clank in the Mardi Gras colors of gold, purple, and green. When the paint is dry, draw designs with glue, and sprinkle glitter on top. Shake off the extra glitter, and let the glue dry.

Insert your fingers under the top strap and your thumb under the bottom strap to make some music.

Mardi Gras is a great holiday for sharing delicious treats with friends and family, and a Mardi Gras king cake is the most popular dish to share. On the next page, learn how to make your own Mardi Gras king cake.

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