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DIY of the Week – Castanets

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

We’re back to start off your week creatively! And in keeping with our recent string of handmade musical instruments (well, except for the slight deviation last week), we’re back with another super easy instrument DIY.

This week, we explore the ease, simplicity, and total fun that are castanets! And if you’re wondering what a castanet is, these are the clickety-clackety little instruments you’ll often see in the hands of flamenco dancers.

Image source – Spoj

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What you need:

  1. Several pairs of metal bottle caps (the kind you get on glass bottles of soda)
  2. Cardboard sheet to cut into pieces
  3. Scissors
  4. Markers or sketch pens to make your designs
  5. Strong glue
  6. Rubber bands
  7. Craft paper and glue, if you want to decorate your castanets more intricately
Image source - Kygo

Image source – Kygo



What to do:

Step 1

Measure the length of your index finger and cut the cardboard into pieces that measure twice that length, making them approximately one and half inch wide.

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Image source – DIY Enthusiasts


Step 2

Round off the edges of your cardboard strip.


Step 3

Create intricate designs with your markers towards the two rounded off edges. (If you are gluing on craft paper instead of drawing directly on the cardboard itself, try folding it in half as in the next step, before cutting and gluing the paper on).

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Step 4

Fold the cardboard piece in half, length-wise, and place a bottle cap on one of the inside edges, about half centimeter from the end. (Make sure the sharp edged side is the one against the cardboard.) Glue it on. Then repeat with another bottle cap on the other inside edge, gluing it in place. Make sure that the caps are aligned with each other when hold the fold closed.

Image source - DIY Inspired

Image source – DIY Inspired


Step 5

Hold the cardboard in the closed position, with the bottle caps touching each other, and tie it with a rubber band, and leave overnight, so that the glue may dry.


Step 6

Remove the rubber band, and voila!



Your castanets are ready for you to enjoy! And as promised, they were super easy to make. So go, make some more! Try out different designs, different cardboard lengths, or widths. Till next week! Enjoy irritating your neighbors till then. Happy clicking and clacking!


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Image source – YouTube

DIY of the Week – Hand Drum

Monday, June 25th, 2018

It’s official! The last week of June is upon us. And so is our weekly, easy-to-do DIY for the week.

This cute little hand drum is sure to perk up not just your mood, but your week too!


Image source - Moms & Crafters

Image source – Moms & Crafters


What you will need:

- A cardboard tube (Pringles cannister is ideal)

- Craft knife

- Wooden stick or dowel. (You can use a large paintbrush stick if you can’t find that)

- A single hole puncher

- Decorative tape, washi tape, or paints/colors

- 2 balloons, ideally large size

- Duct tape

- Ribbon or string

- Large wooden beads, or other decorative

- Strong glue

- Scissors


What you need to do:

Step 1

Take your craft knife and cut the canister about an inch or inch and half from the top.

Image source - Moms & Crafters

Image source – Moms & Crafters


Step 2

Now paint over the sides or cover it with fancy tape. Use your imagination on how fancy of you want it to look.


Step 3

Take your wooden stick/dowel/paintbrush and cut it or break it to the required size.


Step 4

Punch a hole through the side of the canister. Try to keep in the center of the height. Increase the size of the hole (if required) to fit the wooden stick. You can use either the craft knife, or the scissors, depending on what you are more comfortable with.


Step 5

Now put the stick in the hole, inserting the broken or cut-off end. Once you have put it in, secure it with strong glue and leave to dry completely before proceeding.

Image source - Moms & Crafters

Image source – Moms & Crafters


Step 6

Cut off the neck of the balloon. Now tape a section of the balloon on the bottom edge and stretch the balloon over the entire opening of the section you’ve been working on. Make sure to stretch it nice and tight, so that there are no rolls or ridges in the stretch over rubber.


Step 7

Now secure it in place with duct tape (there are colored or decorative duct tapes available in the market. Feel free to use those if you don’t want to use the standard black or brown tape)


Step 8

Poke a hole in both sides of the drum, put in the edge of your string/ribbon, and tie a couple of knots on the inside of the drum to secure the piece in place, followed by a knot on the outside as well.


Step 9

Add the beads, and cut the ribbon/string to the desired length, knotting it at the end to secure the beads in place. Do this on both sides.

Image source - Kiwico

Image source – Kiwico


Step 10

Now seal the open side of the drum with the other balloon, following the same procedure as the first side.


Step 11

Decorate the protruding part of the stick with tape or paints. You can even use sketch pens to lightly create designs on the stretched part of the balloon too if you so wish. (But remember to use the nibs softly, so as not to puncture the balloon)

Image source - Pretty Prudent

Image source – Pretty Prudent


And voila! You’re all done. Happy drumming!


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Image source – Genius Premium

Musical Instruments Quiz

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

In the words of Friedrich Nietzsche “Without music, life would be a mistake”. Which makes it safe to say that music tends to be involved in most aspects of life. We know you love your music, but how’s your knowledge of instruments? Take this quiz and find out!

Answers are at the end. Be a sport, and don’t peek. Good luck!


Q.1 Identify this instrument.



Q.2 This instrument is native to Scotland. Name it.



Q.3 How many strings does a guitar typically have?


Q.4 What do the black keys on the piano or keyboard signify?

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Image source – iTunes


Q.5 Is the following instrument a -

A) Trombone                        B) Tuba                  C) French horn


Q.6 An upright bass is also known by what name?

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Q.7 Name this traditional African drum


Q.8 Identify this instrument.



Q.9 The piano is which of the following?

A) String instrument                               B) Wind instrument                                 C) Percussion instrument


Q.10 This Indian instrument is traditional played at weddings to mark the auspicious occasion. Can you identify it?

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Q.1 Violin

Q.2 Bagpipes

Q.3 Six

Q.4 Sharp or flat notes

Q.5 B) Tuba

Q.6 Cello

Q.7 Djembe

Q.8 Harp

Q.9 A) String instrument

Q.10 Shehnai