I was looking for an inexpensive way to add to my percussion instruments, in anticipation of leading some drum circles. I discovered that Lipton Pure Leaf tea bottles (the 18.5 oz. ones) fit really nicely in my hand as a shaker. I realized this while I was at work and threw a few paper clips in as a test. I liked the sound, so I decided to make up several shakers using paper clips and other items for the noise part and using some fun duct tape to cover the outside. Some possible items for the noise maker part are:
- paper clips
- plastic beads
- jingle bells
I suggest you play around with some different items to put in the bottle and the amount, as that will also affect the sound. Once you are satisfied with that, have fun with some duct tape. It comes in some fun colors and patterns now. Here is a picture of two shakers I made.