No celebration is complete without party favors. They can really amp up the celebration vibes, regardless of the occasion. You’ll also save a chunk of change when you DIY them yourself! Take this tie-dyed DIY tambourine project, for instance. It’s perfect for weddings, festivals, and even kids’ birthday parties. Simply repeat the project until you have enough tambourines for an army. Here’s how to make it yourself.
- Darice Wooden Embroidery Hoop (5 inches)
- Darice Craft Scissors
- Fabric Dye
- Darice Solid White Bandana (or white cotton scraps)
- Rubber Bands
- Darice (3/4 inch) Jingle Bells
- Darice Mini Glue Gun
- Container for Dye Bath (not shown)
Step 1. Prep the dye bath.
Step 2. Crumple up the fabric and randomly tie rubber bands around each bunch. You can also make patterns with different folds and traditional tie-dye techniques. Personally, I love the random “watercolor” look.
Step 3. Add the fabric into the dye bath. Let sit for as long as you’d like, depending on how saturated you’d like the color to be.
Step 4. Remove the rubber bands. Rinse under running water until it runs clear. Leave out to dry or toss it in the dryer.
Step 5. Separate the two parts of the embroidery hoop. Place the fabric over the bottom half, then add the top. Make sure the fabric is taught and flat. The tighter the better for this to work as a DIY tambourine. Screw tightly.
Cut away the excess fabric, leaving about 1/2 inch extra.
(Kind of looks like a moon, doesn’t it?)
Step 6. Fold over the excess fabric and hot glue into place.
Step 7. Glue bells at equal increments around the hoop.
The DIY tambourine in this tutorial was made with navy blue fabric dye. Feel free to use a color that suits your personality or party theme. You can even use more than one shade for a burst of color. (Hello, festival season!) For even more flair, bring in embellishments or paint.
Embroidery hoops can be transformed into a number of craft projects, including this bohemian DIY dreamcatcher.
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Kirsten is a lifestyle writer and craft book author focusing on DIY, food, health, and creativity. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, Kirsten published her first book, Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion; you can find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon & select independent bookstores. She spends most of her time writing, crafting, traveling, and dreaming up new recipe ideas. Kirsten is a born and raised New Yorker currently living in the Bay Area of California.