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Macaroni Crafts - Fourth of July Noisemaker


July 4, 2012
By: Anna Hall - MK Hickory NC
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Since the ringing of the Liberty Bell in 1776, Independence Day has been filled with many celebratory sounds, from fireworks to cannon shots to patriotic music.  Help your kids make a little noise with these easy and fun noisemakers to join in the festivities this Fourth of July holiday.

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Materials:

- Two 9-inch paper plates
- Red and blue paints if using white plates (or save yourself the step of painting by using red and blue plates)
- Paint brush or foam brush
- Hole puncher (optional)
- Thin red ribbon
- Scissors
- Four each of red, white and blue pony beads
- Sticker Stars (or can use star foam shapes and white paint)

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What to do:

- Paint and decorate bottoms of two plates in patriotic colors and patterns.  I painted one white plate with red stripes and the other plate solid blue and had my daughter cover with star stickers.


- Align the two plates together with the bottoms facing outward.  Punch or poke a hole through both plates on opposite sides.

- Cut two 20-inch pieces of red ribbon.  Thread each through the holes to tie the plates together on opposite sides.

- Thread a red, white and blue pony bead on each ribbon; tie a large knot at the end of the ribbon so beads don't slide off.

- Shake the noisemaker back and forth to make noise as the beads hit the plates.

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