Looking for easy crafts for kids? If your child loves music, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite music activities and easy, DIY musical crafts your family will love to create.
You’ll find a link to the original post with instructions, as well as the level of difficulty, ranging from music activities your preschooler can do to more advanced, adults-only projects to decorate your home. Enjoy!
Musical Crafts for Kids
These crafts are perfect for kids, from DIY music-makers to fun decorations!
1. Recycled Outdoor Music Station
Learn to make this Recycled Outdoor Music Station via My Nearest and Dearest
Recycle cans and mason jars for fun outdoor play! This is one of those musical crafts that you can shape to your children’s skill, age, and interest level. And even better, it’s made of objects you definitely have around the house.
2. Homemade Kids Drums
Learn to make these Homemade Kids Drums via A School of Fish
With homemade drums, your child doesn’t only get to nurture their creativity, but they can also explore rhythm, hand eye coordination, and fine and gross motor skills. Let the kids make and decorate their own drums for a marching band.
Level: Very Easy
3. Fancy Shaker Eggs
Learn to make these Fancy Shaker Eggs via Mama Smiles.
These plastic eggs filled with various items create noisemakers for little hands will keep your kiddies hooked for ages, and their sound is soft enough to be totally appropriate for indoor play. Even better they’re a craft that both very young and more mature children will both adore.
Level: Very Easy
4. Cardboard Guitar
Learn to make this Cardboard Guitar via Makedo.
Channel your favorite rockstar with this DIY guitar! A fun challenge for young learners, with results you can actually use.
5. PVC Pipe Xylophone
Learn to make this PVC Pipe Xylophone via Frugal Fun for Boys
This large-scale xylophone requires some space, but is a super fun instrument to play around with! Great for helping kids discover different musical notes while developing beginner engineering skills.
6. Cardboard Castanets
Learn to make this Cardboard Castanets via Red Ted Art
Cardboard and buttons make a child-sized castanet, perfect for exploring rhythm, and developing fine and gross motor skills.
7. Tin Can Howler
Learn to make this Tin Can Howler via Housing a Forest
All you need is a string and a tin can for this fun howler. Your child will love discovering the fascinating sound this creative instrument makes.
8. Easy Trumpet Craft
Learn to make this Easy Trumpet Craft via Preschool Crafts for Kids
Practice your best marching band steps with this easy DIY trumpet! Especially great for very young learners, this trumpet only requires a toilet paper roll and some construction paper.
9. African Drums
Learn to make these African Drums via DLTK Crafts for Kids
Practice rhythm with these easy to make and fun to design African drums. This papier mache- based craft only requires some simple things from around the house; glue, masking tape, rags, and markers.
10. DIY Masquerade Mask
Find out how to make this DIY Masquerade Mask via Circle City Creations
Stretch your artistic side with these decorated masks. Not only is this a great craft project, but it can also spark your child’s theatrical sensibilities.
11. Rainbow Xylophone
Find out how to make this Rainbow Xylophone via And Next Comes L
Wood, window casings, and paint create a giant rainbow xylophone. Perfect for teaching your child about color, creativity, and the notes on the western scale.
12. Do Re Mi Bottle
Learn to make this Do Re Mi Bottle via Life with Moore Babies
Discover different pitches with this colored water craft. Don’t forget to work some favorite tunes from the Sound of Music into the lesson!
13. Painted Stick Instrument
Learn to make this Painted Stick Instrument via Twodaloo
Natural materials and craft supplies combine to make a unique instrument from ancient times. Use this as a standalone craft activity, or work it into a homeschool lesson about cultures from around the world who may have created and used shakers in their music making.
14. Rain Stick
Learn to make this Rain Stick via Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
A mailing tube combined with a few other items create the sound of rain. The perfect craft to then work into a story time where rain plays a part; have your child play the part of the rain drops!
15. Shaker Toys
Learn to make these Shaker Toys via The Educators’ Spin On It
Use a variety of containers and ingredients to explore different sounds. These musical instruments for kids are great for discussing different volume levels, sound qualities, or to experiment with rhythm.
16. Homemade Kazoo
Learn to make a Homemade Kazoo via Buggy and Buddy
Common kitchen items come together to create a DIY kazoo. A great musical craft for a rainy day indoors, or even an addition to a birthday party or after school play date.
17. Corn Shakers
Learn to make these Corn Shakers via Sow Sprout Play
This is a great project for sensory play and teaching rhythm. Even better, you’ll be able to make these corn shakers without even making a trip to the store for art supplies.
18. Popsicle Stick and Paper Plate Kalimba
Learn to make this Popsicle Stick and Paper Plate Kalimba via Kodaly and Orff Music Teacher’s blog
This is a fun, unique instrument your kids have probably never heard before. A music teachers dream craft, this Kalimba is ideal for jump-starting your child’s passion for music.
19. Pin Strummers
Learn how to make Pin Strummers via Wonderful DIY
Use bobby pins to create boings, pops, and other sounds! These inventive musical instruments use objects from around the house to recreate the classic thumb harp.
20. Homemade Trumpet
Learn to make a Homemade Trumpet via All Done Monkey
Is your child a future brass player? Then this is a great place to start. All you need is cardboard tubes, poster board, and decorating materials for this easy craft.
21. Jingle Bells
Learn to make Jingle Bells via Kinder Art
Jingling bells and a pencil create a fun shake stick – perfect for around the holidays! You can keep it simple and attach the bells to the pencil, or spend hours decorating with ribbon, pipe cleaners, and more.
22. Homemade French Horn
Learn to make this Homemade French Horn via Savvy Homemade
Everyday items come together to make a fun French horn, an ingenious homemade instrument created by a parent and kids after watching a brass band in the park.
Learn to make this Noisemaker via Ganz World
Easy-to-make noisemakers perfect for New Years. Made from a pie plate, popsicle stick, and all the colorful decorations you can imagine.
24. Wind Pipe Instrument
Learn to make this Wind Pipe Instrument via Laughing Kids Learn
This is a simple wind pipe that children can make in just a few minutes. Made from colorful straws and scotch tape, this craft helps kids learn about low and high pitches.
25. Paper Plate Tambourine
Learn to make this Paper Plate Tambourine via SheKnows
Simple items make fun tambourines! Yarn, paper plates, and jingle bells are transformed into a beautiful instrument; perfect for creating a parade with friends, or celebrating special occasions.
26. Homemade Harmonica
Learn to make this Homemade Harmonica via Instructables
Popsicle sticks, paper, and rubber bands create a DIY harmonica. The perfect opportunity to dive into both creativity and science, and to explore how such simple materials can make sound.
27. Homemade Wind Chimes
Learn to make these Homemade Wind Chimes via Hands On As We Grow
Tin cans that are decorated then assembled into custom wind chimes. This craft is perfect for children of just about any age. Even better, these chimes will last for years, so you can enjoy the lasting beauty of your child’s work.
Crafts for Music-Loving Families
Want to spruce up your home with some more advanced crafts and DIY projects? Here are our favorite Pinterest-worthy ideas:
1. Sheet Music Candles
Learn to make Sheet Music Candles via Can’t Stop Making Things
Learn how to make Pottery Barn look-alike candles with sheet music. The perfect way to recycle old scores or sheets of choir music you may have lying around the house.
2. Guitar Shelf
Learn to make a Guitar Shelf via Budget Girl
Make unique shelves for trinkets from an old or broken guitar. This is a craft the guitar-lover in the family will absolutely love, and will add a sophisticated musical look to any room.
3. Custom Envelopes
Learn to make Custom Envelopes via (Never) Homemaker
Create your own crafty envelopes from sheet music. Simply gather up stacks of old music (easy to find at second hand shops, or even your own living room!), follow the template, and start crafting!
4. Broken Record Ombre Wall Art
Learn to make Broken Record Ombre Wall Art via Tattooed Martha
Turn old vinyl records into amazing décor your guests will love!
5. Vinyl Record Bookends
Keep your bookshelf organized with these DIY bookends made from old records. This sophisticated craft is great for engaging older children and teens, especially when you encourage them to use records from classic artists they love.
6. Vintage Record Dessert Stand
Learn to make a Vintage Record Dessert Stand via Bubby & Bean
Hosting a music-themed party? Showcase your cupcakes or desserts with this adorable stand. Have a blast gathering up old records from the second hand shop to repurpose into these inventive stands.
7. Music Box Ornament
Surprise! This cool glitter ornament is actually a wind-up musical box! Enjoy a craft that’s not only fun and educational to make, but also functional.
8. Sheet Music Coffee Table
Learn to make a Sheet Music Coffee Table via A Diamond In the Stuff
Spruce up your coffee table with sheet music! Your kiddos will love repurposing an old table, and the result is a sophisticated-looking piece of furniture you’ll actually want to have in your home.
9. PVC Flute
Learn to make a PVC Flute via the Widget Forge
Break out your toolbox and create your very own DIY flute. These flutes really make music, and they’re a great chance to learn about the science behind sound vibration.
10. Sheet Music Coasters
Learn to make Sheet Music Coasters via An Oregon Cottage
Use old sheet music to create unique drink coasters! These snazzy coasters are perfect for adding flair to a party, and they’re made out of materials you likely have lying around your house.
11. Record Album Cover Box
Follow this Record Album Cover Box Tutorial via Zombies Wearing Helmets
Stash items and keep your space organized with this retro-looking storage box made from old record covers. The perfect way to repurpose your old albums.
12. Sheet Music Gift Bags
Learn to make Sheet Music Gift Bags via Eclectically Vintage
Make gift bags from sheet music for a special gift! These easy-to-make crafts are the perfect way to get the whole family involved in an educational project around the holidays.
13. DIY Vinyl Record Table
Learn to make this DIY Vinyl Record Table via The Flourishing Abode
Save money by making your own accent table made out of old vinyl records. All you’ll need is a vinyl record, a planter stand, and a hot glue gun.
14. Sheet Music Monograms
Learn to make Sheet Music Monograms via The Country Chic Cottage
Yet another sheet music craft idea to spruce up any room. All you’ll need is sheet music, glue, and cardboard cereal boxes. The result? Beautiful monograms that nurture your child’s creativity and love for music.
15. Paper Roses
Learn to make Paper Roses via Capitol Romance
Transform sheet music into paper roses with a vintage look. These roses make a perfect centerpiece for a table at a music recital, or addition to your music room.
16. Lined Jewelry Box
Learn to make a Lined Jewelry Box via Crafting a Green World
Spruce up an old jewelry box by lining it with sheet music. You can also use this sheet music trick with old drawers, boxes, or other containers around the house.
17. Sheet Music Shoe
Learn to make a Sheet Music Shoe via Tales of a Trophy Wife
Looking for a way to spice up your child’s music recital outfit? Cover your shoes in sheet music for a unique look.
18. Sheet Music Star Decorations
Learn to make Sheet Music Star Decorations via Sweet Something Designs
These make great decorations for the holidays! These 3-D sheet music stars don’t require too much skill, and they’re a great craft activity for a holiday get-together with friends.
19. Music Themed Door Wreath
Learn to make a Music Themed Door Wreath via Reloved Rubbish
Got some old Mozart or Beethoven lying around? Use old sheet music to make a stunning wreath. Simply use a hot glue gun and a simple folding pattern to get the look right, and use your own creativity to add flair or extra decoration.
20. Mosaic Bird Bath
Learn to make this Mosaic CD Bird Bath via The Misadventures of Victoria.
Repurpose old CDs to give your bird bath a cool mosaic look! The perfect way to repurpose outdated items and to teach your youngsters about reusing and recycling.
21. DIY Candle Holder
Learn to make a DIY Candle Holder via Lots of DIY
Grab some old CDs and marbles to make stunning candle holders. Another great way to repurpose your stacks of CDs, teach youngsters about recycling, and come out with a glowing result.