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Merry Maracas
By Andi Rothenberg

Main supplies:

  • Activa® Celluclay® Bright White Instant
  • Paper Mache
  • Elmer’s® Mega 3D™ Washable Paint Pens
  • DecoArt® acrylic paint - purple
  • Elmer’s® Glue-All®
  • 4” length of ¾” wood dowel
  • 6 large assorted color flat back rhinestones (more if desired)
  • Approximately 60-70 colorful 5 or 6mm plastic beads

Basic Supplies:

  • Small clear plastic soda or juice bottle (about 12 ounce size)
  • Masking tape
  • Large gallon size zip closure plastic bag (to mix paper mache in)
  • Sponge brush


  1. Take off the label from the plastic bottle. Pour the beads into the bottle. Wrap enough tape around one end of the dowel so it will fit tightly into the opening of the bottle.
  2. Mix the paper mache inside of the plastic bag following the instructions on the package. This will keep the paper mache neatly stored for you to use.
  3. Take a small handful of paper mach and place it on top of the bottle. Press it down the sides evenly, like a cap, leaving the middle of the bottle open. Press more paper mache around the area where the dowel meets the bottle, going all the way around and working up towards the middle of the bottle.
  4. Make 6 balls of paper mache that are larger than your rhinestones. Press 3 of them evenly spaced round the top edge and 3 spaced around the bottom edge. Make sure half of the circle from the pressed ball hangs over into the clear center of the bottle. Press a rhinestone into each circle enough so the paper mache comes up around the rhinestone to hold it in place. Add more balls or circles of paper mache around your maraca as desired. Allow to dry completely.
  5. With sponge brush and purple paint, paint over the paper mache. Allow to dry.
  6. Use the Mega 3D™ Paints to add dots, swirls, lines and more to your maraca. Allow to dry and shake away!

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