How to Make Musical Instruments With Household Items

    by Ainsley Patterson

    About the Author

    Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Ainsley Patterson has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her articles appear on various websites. She especially enjoys utilizing her more than 10 years of craft and sewing experience to write tutorials. Patterson is working on her bachelor's degree in liberal arts at the University of Michigan.


    One person's noise is another's music, so you may have a budding Beethoven under your roof. Prove him with a collection of musical instruments and go green at the same time when you work together to make music=makers from household items.

    Things You'll Need

    • Foil pie plates
    • Icepick or nail
    • Yarn or string
    • Beads, rice or beans
    • Empty coffee cans (or other canisters)
    • Paper plates
    • Stapler
    • Chopsticks

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    Create a set of cymbals from foil pie plates. Using an icepick or a nail, punch a hole on each side of a tin and then do the same on the other pie plate. After your child ties a piece of yarn or string between the holes to make a handle, she can bang them together to keep the beat.

    Start another percussion instrument by placing a paper plate right side up on the table. Staple or glue the plate edges together, leaving a 1-inch opening. Help your child pour a handful of beads, rice or beans into the paper plate and then glue or staple the gap closed. Your little virtuoso shakes the plate for a new sound.

    Empty a coffee can or other empty canister with a lid to make a drum. Encourage your child to decorate the outside with paint or paper before banging out a beat on the top of the drum

    Create a simple rhythm instrument with chopsticks and some yarn or floss tassels. Help your child tie or glue the tassels to the ends of the sticks before tapping them together in time to the music.

    • Supervise children closely when using icepicks or nails to punch holes.