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Colorful Party Tambourines

Turn plastic saucers into colorful tambourines to celebrate Las Posadas -- or any holiday.

 Tambourines in basket

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

Few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Hammer and awl or drill and 1/8-in bit
  • Scrap wood


  • 2 - 8-in premium plastic saucers (per tambourine): #55649, #55652
  • 4-in cable ties, pack of 100, #76021
  • 3/8-in washers, pack of 25

Valspar spray paint:

  • Hunter Green
  • Golden Maize
  • New Avocado
  • La Fonda Copper
  • Bright Red
  • Royal Garnet
  • Metallic Gold

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Step 1

 Punch holes in saucers for cable ties

Stack saucers in pairs and use a hammer and awl to punch through the plastic about 3/8-in from the edge. Repeat to create six evenly spaced pairs of holes, and then separate the saucers.

Good to Know

This is the simple way to make one or two tambourines. If you plan to make more, stack all of the saucers and use a drill with a 1/8-in bit to make the holes. Either way, space the holes as evenly as possible so they'll align when you put the two halves together.

Step 2

 Spray paint insides of the saucers

Spray-paint the insides of each pair of saucers.

Step 3

 Thread cable ties through saucer holes

Assemble the saucers by stacking them with the holes aligned. Pass a cable tie through each pair of holes. (Don't connect the tie ends just yet.)

Step 4

  Pull cable tie to form loop

Pass the cable tie end through four washers at each location and connect the ends. Leave a loop large enough for the washers to move freely.

Step 5

 Clip off excess cable tie

Clip off the surplus cable tie.