:: Tambourine Stick :: Upcycled Musical Instruments :: Homemade Recycled Instruments ::

 Make a Tambourine Stick using upcycled bottle caps, wire hanger and a tree branch!

Upcycled Bottle Cap Tambourine Musical Instrument by oh rubbish blog

:: Here’s What You’ll Need ::

* Upcycled wire hanger
* Upcycled bottle caps
* Y-shaped piece of a tree branch
* Yarn/string (optional)
* Pliers (make sure it has side cutter tool for cutting wires)
* Hammer
* Hot glue gun
* Self healing mat or padded surface
* Sharp and pointed tool that can be hammered

Read on to find out how to make recycled music instruments with just 3 household items. 

:: Step 1 ::

Find a Y-shaped branch from trimmings or from a nearby tree. Make sure its a nice sturdy piece! Trim as needed.

Upcycled Tambourine Project by oh rubbish blog

:: Step 2 ::

Take the cardboard section off from the wire hanger (if it has one). Using the pliers, cut off one side of the wire hanger near the top of the hanger. If your hanger doesn’t have the cardboard tube section, then cut at the bottom corner as well. You should end up with a piece like the picture below:Upcycled Bottle Cap Tambourine Musical Instrument by oh rubbish blog

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:: Step 3 ::

Using the pliers, wrap one end of the metal hanger around one side of the Y-shaped branch.

Upcycled Bottle Cap Tambourine Musical Instrument by oh rubbish blog

It should look like this:

Upcycled Bottle Cap Tambourine Musical Instrument by oh rubbish blog

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:: Step 4 ::

Using a hammer and a sharp pointed tool that can be hammered (see below)…

Upcycled Bottle Cap Tambourine Musical Instrument by oh rubbish blog

Upcycled Bottle Cap Tambourine Musical Instrument by oh rubbish blog

 Hammer the pointed tool into the center of the top of the bottle cap. Upcycled Bottle Cap Tambourine Musical Instrument by oh rubbish blogFlip the bottle cap over and make sure that it went all the way through. If not, hammer again from the other side until you have a nice hole. To make sure the hole is wide enough, insert the bottle caps into the wire hanger piece to make sure its a loose fit! Once the hole is a good size, then hammer in any rough edges, so that the area around the hole is smooth. Continue to do this for all your bottle caps.  We used a total of 6 bottle caps–but measure yours out, so that they fit but still have room to move around.

Upcycled Bottle Cap Tambourine Musical Instrument by oh rubbish blog:: Make Recycled Instruments Kids :: 
:: Step 5 ::

Slide in your bottle caps in pairs, facing each other. Then, using the pliers, wrap the end of the wire hanger around the other side of the Y-shaped branch (same as step 3), and cut off any excess wire hanger piece (if any).

Upcycled Bottle Cap Tambourine Musical Instrument by oh rubbish blog

Your project should look like this:

Upcycled Tambourine Stick Musical Instrument by oh rubbish blog

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:: Step 6 ::

(Optional) To add the handle details on the bottom of the tambourine stick, tie a knot of string and then wrap from the bottom up. When you have reached the height you want, simply cut and hot glue in place.

Upcycled Bottle Cap Tambourine Musical Instrument by oh rubbish blogUpcycled Bottle Cap Tambourine Musical Instrument by oh rubbish blog

 

If anyone has any suggestions for other recycled musical instruments they would like to see, leave a comment below!
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  4 comments for “:: Tambourine Stick :: Upcycled Musical Instruments :: Homemade Recycled Instruments ::

  1. marianne
    March 24, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    this came out soooooo cool!

    • Turtle
      March 26, 2015 at 3:05 am

      not to be ‘full of it’, but we think so too! love when things come out better than you planned!

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