Rock and Roll Rattle Band-A Noisy Tutorial

September 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dear friend,

This is such a fun toy and bonus it is good for the environment!  So go green and make some awesome noise while you are at it.  I made this set in college and it has lasted through 4 years and 200 kids-so most likely your grandkids will enjoy it….it’s called the Rock and Roll Rattle Band.   Picture 30 kindergarteners all in a line strutting their stuff around the playground making the most awfully wonderful music with this fabulousness.


12 pack of mini water bottles-drank and rinsed

12-8 inch pieces of dowel {depending on your water bottle, just big enough to fit in the opening of the bottle}


12 different noise making materials, I used: beads, nuts, pennies, small rocks, washers, b b’s, smaller beads, or anything you have laying around the house.  I steered away from food items.

Hot glue gun

Container to store rattles in {I used a hat box and made it into a drum}

Glitter for the fabulous factor



Now the How-to:

  1. Pour your noisy items into each water bottle with a couple of tablespoons of glitter
  2. Cut your dowels and sand rough edges to 8 inches
  3. Heat hot glue gun
  4. Place a generous amount of glue in the opening of the water bottle and on the tip of the dowel and shove it in.   Hold in place until it is cooled
  5. Add a piece of ribbon around opening and dowel and fix with hot glue
  6. Continue until all rattles are glued
  7. Next I took the top of the Paper Mache hat box and placed it on the bottom but first I trapped a bunch of left over noisy stuff between the lid and the bottom of the box.  Then hot glue the edges so the lid is permanently attached to the bottom of the hat box.  Add a set of drumsticks and a ribbon to hang it around your neck and your drum is set
  8. For extra pizazz add a super special collage or decor to your drum
  9. And last but not least make some noise and have a parade!
Have a happy Friday!



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