Musical Maracas

Initially for Cinco de Mayo, my son and I made these fun egg carton maracas. My kids have been playing with them every day since! Here’s how we made them.


  • egg cartons
  • kid-safe paint
  • rice, beans, beads or other small items that make noise when shuffled
  • glue
  • Popsicle craft sticks
  • scissors
  • tape (optional)
  • glitter, sequins, stickers, etc. (optional)


  1. maracasCut four sections from an egg carton and paint them in the color of your choice.
  2. Fill two of the egg carton cups with rice or beans (we did one of each) or other small items that you choose.
  3. Put a dab of glue on the rim in the place you would like the handle to be.
  4. maracas 3Press the end of a Popsicle craft stick onto the glue and hold firmly down for several seconds.
  5. Spread glue around the entire rim of the cup (single egg carton), making sure to go over the craft stick as well.
  6. Take a second cup, press it down on top and hold firmly for about a minute. Repeat the above process for the second maraca.
  7. maracas 5Cover the seams with tape or something else creative to hide it.
  8. Decorate with glitter, stickers, gems, sequins, and so on.

Give them a shake and save them for other fun occasions!