How to Make a Bottle Cap Shaker out of a Wooden Dowel

Learn how to make a bottle cap shaker out of a wooden dowel in this Howcast video featuring Music Moves Me.


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If you have empty toilet paper rolls, drinking straws, bottle caps, cardboard boxes, soda bottles, plastic bowls, oatmeal canisters, egg cartons, water glasses, clothes hangers, and index cards around the house, the founders of Music Moves Me can show you how to turn them into musical instruments for kids! It's easy with the step-by-step instructions in these videos.



Today we are discussing how to make instruments from household items. Shake it out! The first thing we are going to make today is a bottle-cap shaker. What I did was I decorated mine with some purple construction paper, some yellow polka dots, some yellow construction paper, a little pink, and made it really pretty. What you will need: A wooden dowel 1 large nail 3 smaller nails 6 bottle caps 1 hammer What we are going to do is start out with a bottle cap and the large nail. We are going to take the hammer and drill a hole inside the bottle cap; like so. We are going to do the same thing with all of the bottle caps. Then we are going to take the wooden dowel--once we have the holes in all of the bottle caps--and we're going to take two bottle caps and we are going to put them together. They sound like little castanets. I like that. Now we are going to put the nail inside the holes that we've made, and put a hole inside of the dowel. What you are going to do is put holes on every side: 1-2-3. You're going to have 6 bottle caps on 3 sides, and it's going to sound awesome! That is how you make a bottle cap shaker out of a wooden dowel and some bottle caps.


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