How to Make Musical Instruments for Kids

Bottle Cap Clinkers Craft

Make some noise with this fun bottle cap clinker.
Make some noise with this fun bottle cap clinker.
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Kids will shake up some fun and rhythmic beauty with this bottle cap clinkers craft. This clinking rattle will bring a whole new sound to your life.

What You'll Need:

  • Soda or beverage bottle caps
  • One large nail (larger than a two-inch nail)
  • Hammer
  • Two-inch nails with large heads
  • Long piece of wood
  • Sandpaper (optional)

Step 1: Collect dozens of bottle caps from old-fashioned glass soda or beverage bottles. Help kids use the biggest nail to punch a hole through the center of each cap.

Step 2: Once each cap has a hole, place four caps on each two-inch nail. Make between four and 10 nails with caps on them.

Step 3: Hammer the nails halfway into the wood, leaving the bottle caps free to jingle. (If the wood is rough, use the sandpaper to smooth it before hammering nails into it.)

Step 4: Shake the finished rattle for a distinctive sound. Shake, shake, shake it!

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