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Did the Easter Bunny go overboard this past Easter? Do you have leftover plastic eggs overflowing from baskets? You can save those eggs for next year or turn them into festive musical maracas for Cinco de Mayo! After a fellow blog reader asked what she could do with all of her leftover plastic eggs I was prompted to turn them into a craft….A Cinco de Mayo craft no less! You can research and discuss the holiday or simply treat this as a musical project.

Things you will need:

  • Empty plastic Easter eggs
  • Various “fillers” such as dried rice, beans, coins and beads
  • Stickers
  • Glue or tape
Step 1: Open your egg and fill the bottom portion about half way with a filler. In this picture I am using dried rice. You can make a variety of maracas and fill each one with something different. For example you can fill one with coins, another with beads and another with beans. While you are filling the eggs try to guess what each one will sound like when you’re finished.

Step 2: Glue around the inside rim of the top of the plastic egg.
Step 3: Put the top on your egg and wipe excess glue from the outer rim.

Step 4: If you want you can use clear tape instead of or in addition to the glue when sealing you egg. Simply take little bits of clear tape and work your way around the outside of the egg until it is taped shut.

Step 5: Let the glue dry and decorate the egg with stickers.

Congratulations! You have made an Easter egg maraca just in time for Cinco de Mayo or for anytime you want to make music! If you’ve made a bunch with different fillers you can shake them all and play a guessing game trying to figure out what is inside each one. Did you do this project? How did it turn out? Please feel free to share your comments and pictures in the comments section! Happy crafting!


Have you ever wanted a secret place to hold your most special treasures?  How about keeping them in your very own treasure necklace?  This necklace is fun and easy to make with an old film canister (and a little bit of adult supervision!).

Things 005Things you will need:

  • White or colored paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Beads
  • Tape
  • A film canister
  • A pencil

Things 006Step 1: Have an adult poke a hole on either side of the film canister, making sure they line up.

Things 009Step 2: Trace a strip of paper that just fits around your film canister and cut it out.  If it is too long or too wide you can always cut away the excess once you tape it to the film canister.

Things 010Step 3: Decorate your paper with markers, crayons or other things.

Things 011Step 4: Cut a piece of string in the color of your choice.  It should be long enough to go around your neck as a necklace with a little extra for tying it to the film canister.

Things 013Step 5: Tie the sting to one of the holes on the film canister and begin threading your beads.  Thread all of the beads you want for both sides of the necklace before you tie off the other end of your string.  Remember if you want the colors of the beads to match on both sides you must thread the second set of beads opposite the first.  So if you want each side to be red–green–yellow you would need to thread the beads like this: red–green–yellow–yellow–green–red and so on.  Once you have threaded the beads tie the string to the other hole and shift your beads around to each side of the necklace.

Things 015Step 6: Tape the paper around your film canister and trim any excess paper away.

Things 018Congratulations!  You now have a treasure necklace for storing all of your special treasures.  Simply remove the canister’s lid and place your small treasures inside.  Recap it and wear it around you neck holding the treasures close!  Did you do this project?  Did you do it differently?  Please feel free to comment and post pictures in the comments section!

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