Dip and Swirl Maracas has been previously published in part by Crafts Unleashed, materials provided by Consumer Crafts.
We've been updating our "music room" (just a section of the basement really), and I've been trying to find cheap, fun musical instruments that don't assault the ears of parents when the kiddos want to get creative. The first piece was a fabulous old piano (for free off Craigslist!) that has a deep, mellow (slightly out of tune) tone. A couple keyboards that can be kept on low volume (thank you Grandma and Grandpa) and the keys section was complete, but we needed a little something for the rhythm section. Drums are expensive and LOUD, but these maracas were the perfect kiddo solution for keeping the beat.
To fit in with the décor we have going on downstairs, I wanted to add a little color to the maracas. They have a pretty wood grain as is, so I didn't want to cover that up completely, but needed to amp up the volume just a tad. I decided to go with a "dip and swirl" technique in leftover paint we had from our house colors.
Choose a gallon of paint that is about half empty. If the gallon is too full, the paint will roll over the edges, but if it is too empty, the maraca will hit the bottom of the can. Dip the maraca slowly until the paint almost reaches the handle line. Slowly pull the maraca out of the paint and let it drip until the bulk of the paint has dropped off the edge. This takes a few minutes, so be prepared!
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