Ridiculously Cute Tambourine DIY

Ridiculously Cute Tambourine DIY

These tambourines are ridiculously cute!

In this post, we’ll break down what you need, and step by step instructions so you can easily create your own.

Let’s get to makin’ so we can start shakin’!*

Here’s what you’ll need:


1 embroidery hoop

a dozen or so bells

1/3 yard of fabric, heavier weights are better

hot glue gun


measuring tape

fray check

a rag

Step 1:


Smooth out your 1/3 yard of fabric and fold it in half to double the thickness.

Step 2:


If you are using a lighter weight fabric, fold your fabric in half again.  Otherwise, you can skip this step.


Step 3:


Take your embroidery hoop apart and slip the circle that is hardware-free underneath the fabric.

Center it under the fabric.

Step 4:


Put the top piece of the embroidery hoop (the piece with hardware) over the fabric and secure it over the hidden ring.

Step 5:


Flip the whole thing over.

Step 6:


Take your scissors and cut down through the excess fabric up to 1/4 inch from the wood ring.

Step 7:


Your project will look like this and now it’s time to take it apart and securely glue it in place without all that additional fabric in the way!

Step 8:


Steps 8 + 9 need to be done very quickly as the glue dries really fast on the fabric.  Here’s what you’ll do.

Using your glue gun, spread hot glue around the inside edge of the outer embroidery hoop(the one with the hardware).

We used dots of glue every ~2 inches so we weren’t dripping hot glue everywhere.

Step 9:


Quickly place the outer embroidery hoop back over the fabric and lower hoop, just like you did originally, only this time it’ll be glued into place.

(hint:  keep the embroidery hoop hardware attached, not loose, or you won’t be able to get it back together after the glue dries!)

Step 10:


Using a rag, dab up any excess glue that pushed it’s way to the upper edges of your project.

Step 11:


Flip your project back over and this time you’ll cut away all the excess fabric that’s sticking out so it’s flush with the embroidery hoop.

Then, use your fray check and cover the ends of fabric with it to prevent fraying on the edge.

Step 12:


Using hot glue, put nice large dots of glue onto the outer edge of the embroidery hoop and immediately place a bell into the glue.

Hold it in place for a few seconds until it’s stuck.

Repeat every 2 inches until the entire hoop is filled with bells.

Step 13:


Now you can clean off any “threads” of stray glue that may be around your project.

That’s it!


Having these tambourines handy in your home is a great way to encourage your little ones to love playing music!


Kids connect with music in meaningful ways when they are allowed to participate by playing an instrument.


Disclaimer:  Due to small pieces these tambourines are recommended for ages 3+.

  • *This project is for adults to craft and kids to enjoy as it requires use of: scissors, hot glue gun, and fray check.



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