How to make maracas out of water bottles

You can't stop the music, so just shake, shake, shake. Raid the recycling bin for plastic bottles and toilet paper rolls to turn into maracas for your next dance party.

By Alyssa Ashton

Crank your dance parties up a notch and let the kids shake it off with colourful DIY maracas. Here's everything you need for a good time.

plastic water bottle filled with buttons Photo: Erik Putz

1. Rinse bottle, remove label. Fill with fun small things like buttons or beads. Hot glue around bottle neck and twist cap back on.

cutting a toilet paper roll with scissors Photo: Erik Putz

2. Cut toilet paper roll lengthwise down one side and unfurl. Hot-glue around the outside of the bottle cap, then insert into roll and press. Hot-glue seam of the roll back together.

wrapping washi tape around a toilet paper roll Photo: Erik Putz

3. Decorate roll with patterned wash tape. Now you're ready to shake it.

version of this article appeared in our January 2017 issue with the headline “Shake it off,” p. 11.

This article was originally published on Jan 13, 2017