Musical Maraca Craft for Your Celebration: Easy for Kids to Make

DIY Craft: Just in Time for Cinco de Mayo!

By Anna Hall, Hickory NC Publisher Mom May 4, 2024

Kids will love this fun and easy maracas! They are fun anytime and perfect to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo! This easy and budget-friendly craft uses typical household items, if you don't have them stop by your neighborhood discount or grocery store. Use paper cups plus beans / rice to make these musical maracas.

DIY Maracas


  • 2 paper cups
  • Colored tape or hot glue gun
  • Paints in various colors
  • Decorative accents such as pom-poms, buttons, sequins, stickers, etc.
  • Glue
  • Rice, beans or un-popped popcorn kernels

How to:

  • Fill one cup with rice, beans  or un-popped popcorn kernels; you only need a handful inside the cup
  • Turn the other cup over and place on top of filled cup, lining up rims
  • Use colored heavy-duty tape to secure the cups together or you can use a hot-glue gun to secure the cups together - I used black electrical tape!
  • Decorate the cups by painting as you wish, gluing on decorative accents - you may choose to paint the cups before taping them together
  • Allow to dry

Shake and enjoy your maracas!