Beer Bottle Lids Castanets

Chaos writes:

We love the whole idea of upcycling our ‘junk’ here at Kids Chaos, and wanted to share this fab idea for making some clacky castanets…



You will need:

Beer bottle lids (Liz asked where these Spitfire bottle caps came from, they are much coveted Shepherd Neame caps!)

MusicwithKidsChaosDraw around your beer bottle tops, on a piece of card. Cut out the ‘skate-board-shape’ (as 8yo refers to it!)

Fold the card in half, and glue the beer bottle lids to each end so they touch, and ‘clack’ like a castanet.

We tried a simple design, using blue-tack, and they yellow lids (shown) however, they blue-tack ‘dulled’ the sound. So we switched on the glue gun!

Before we completed the second castanet, we glued on some decoupage paper we’d picked up from HobbyCraft, and added some googly-eyes. The beer bottle lids which were glued on with the hot glue gun, make a MUCH better sound – you can hear them on the google+ hangout below, kindly hosted by Maggy Woodley from Red Ted Art.

You’ll also be able to see Maggy’s Maraccas and Guitar; Crystal’s Jingle Bell wrist bands. George’s tambourine, Lizzie’s Bluebell fairy shaker, Anthea’s bottle blowing music and further links to follow from Adele. If you’d like to see what other uses we have for bottle lids, click here.

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15 Comments to “Beer Bottle Lids Castanets”

  1. I need to ask, where do the Mod stylee bottle tops come from?

    I adore this craft, *immediately takes up beer drinking so I can make some too*

    1. chaos Author

      they are Shepherd Neame Spitfire caps… massive collection here at our house Liz! xx

    1. Ali Clifford Author

      Hi Mary, well it was about the width of a cereal box – if that helps?!
      Let me know if you have a go at making them x

  2. Jennifer

    I work with two year olds. What else can be used in place of the beer bottle caps? Thanks in advance:)

  3. Fouchard

    Bonjour a vous c est pour faire du bruit ou musique dite moi c,est quoi faire mercis tres bonnes ides


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