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15 Musical Instrument Crafts for Kids

| October 15, 2012 | 35 Comments

Musical instrument craft ideasWell I am back and the wonderful Playing By The Book has challenged me again to come up with a lovely round up of crafts relating to a specific topic… today’s topic is MUSIC a! So I bring you over 15 Musical Instrument Crafts for Kids. Music is something I am trying to share with my kids, through song and also by “leading by example” – recently I took up playing the piano again, just to inspire my children to have a go. However, we have not YET, made very many DIY Musical Instruments and I know we do need to make some more! About time we did!

Be sure to visit Playing by The Book first to see their wonderful books all about Music!





musical instruments for kids Tubular Bells

This is a beautiful craft from the oh so beautiful Mini Eco website. A gorgeous site and a gorgeous musical instrument. We love bells and this little instrument looks gorgeous.



musical instrumentsAnkle Bells

If the bells caught your fancy, Mini Eco also has some cute Ankle Bells, great for dancing to music too. And would make for a great little project for kids learning to Knit. If you can’t knit.. fret not, be inspired and make a smaller version and plait some ribbons and bells?



diy musical instrumentsSimple Drums

Here are some simple tin drum craft we made many moons ago on Red Ted Art. With a little bit of masking tape, the children can paint geometric patterns themselves or simply go wild. Lovely.



musical instrumentsMore Tin Drums

Another simple, colourful Tin Drum idea, as these balloon tin drums from over at Hands On As We Grow.




musical craftsOcean Drum

I love the idea of this “Ocean Drum” – a DIY Musical Instrument that has two sounds – the drum sound and the sound created by many small beads. Fabulous idea by Kinder Art.




Water Xylophone

A classic childhood activity, ideal for rainy days is this and pretty water xylophone from Little Page Turners. Of course you don’t have to make yours in rainbow colours, plain or in one colour would suffice, but isn’t it pretty?!



musical instrumentsCastanets

Another little DIY Musical Instrument Craft are these adorable little and simple castanetes from Suite 101. Perfect. Great for practising rythms.




musical craftsCrocodile Castanets

Similarly, I have loved these adorable Click Clack crocodiles from afar for quite some time! And they are SO on our to do list. Made as little Click Clack toys, I think they double up marvellously as Castanets! From El Hada De Papel.


Or check out this easy peasy click clack music toy video

Rythm Sticks

Skip to My Lou has these oh so pretty rythm stick on her site. I think they make a great toddler craft who can paint them to their hearts content.





How aboute a DIY Tambourine instrument craft? Using embroider hoops and bottle caps, I think this is genius! From Family Fun.




musical instrumentsStick Tambourine

Similarly Family Fun, also has this wonderful forked stick tambourine craft  I think I love this even more, as it combines nature and recycling in such a wonderful way!




music craftsA Whole Band

Delightful Learning has made a whole set of musical instruments and I like each one more than the next. The Pencil Xyolphone is genius AND pretty, the Banjo is hilarious. The Tom Tom Drums ingenious and I love the horn. Brilliant. SO MANY  DIY musical instrument crafts all in one place. Fabulous resource.


Straw Pan Pipes

Curious to see how well this oh so simple Pan Pipe craft works. But As it looks crazily easy and we have plenty of straws knocking about we will be giving it a try. A craft from Deceptively Educational.




I was just beginning to wonder whether you could make your own harmonica for kids, when up popped this guest post from  Montessori Tidbits on Mom 2 Two Posh Lil Diva’s website. Brilliant.



musical instrumentsHorn or Shofarot

Another fabulous idea and a “little different” is this Shofarot from Hearing Shofar.





After some MORE Music crafts? We have anther 10 shared on this Music Craft Video  – not only SEE the crafts, but hear them:

12 Music Crafts for Kids

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  1. Zoe says:

    Lovely round up Maggy. I think my girls would most like to make the horn/shofarot :-)

    • Red Ted Art says:

      Yes, I loved that “find”, definitely different and probably very noisy for kids!!! Thanks for encouraging me to do the round up!

  2. What a great round up – have pinned to my musical instruments board

  3. Red Ted Art says:

    Lovely! Thank you Cerys!

  4. oooh fab ideas! Love these Maggy. x

  5. These are wonderful! I could create a different instrument for each member of play group.

  6. Red Ted Art says:

    Thanks Emma nd JDaniel4’s Mom! :-) We are ourselves inspired to have a go at making a guitar!

  7. Sian says:

    great ideas : ) don’t know if I could take more drums though – might have to make something more jingly!

  8. Yasmin says:

    a very simple way to amke the ankle bells is to cut the cuffs of an old sweater or jersey and sew some bells on. then just slip over ankles or wrists

  9. Yasmin says:

    *make* oops!

  10. Isil says:

    Great round up!I love the ankle bells :)

  11. Judy says:

    These are all so cute! Last week at the library after story time they had the kids make jingle bracelets with bells and pipe cleaners and my boys have loved it…so simple yet so entertaining :)

  12. Red Ted Art says:

    Ooh yes, I have some of those in another round up I am working on. So simple and yet so much fun. Thanks for the reminder about them!

  13. se7en says:

    Love your round-up… definitely time to add some jungle to our jangle… I think something jingly has just gone to the top of our craft list!!! Have a great week!!!

  14. Red Ted Art says:

    Yes!! We need more jingle in our house too!

  15. Allison says:

    So many great ways to make music. Thanks for sharing with The Sunday Showcase.

  16. moniquebliss says:

    These are all interesting. I really like the creative idea of this instruments. Kids will enjoy so much with this cute stuff.

    acapella sheet music

  17. Ayelet says:

    Hey – just fyi, the horn itself is called a Shofar. Shofarot is the plural form of the word, so you would say, “this shofar” and “these shofarot.” Just thought you might want to know. :)

    Cute list – all of these look like fun!

  18. Michelle says:

    What a wonderful compilation! Thank you for sharing my musical instrument post, Maggy! :)

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