These maracas are simple and pure fun for the bunch of kiddos I have running around my house…but they were missing a little something. They have a pretty wood grain, 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. Each set of maracas was given a different subtle hue and fits in perfectly with our home’s decor.
Materials needed to spruce up those boring wooden maracas:
The process is fairly simple, but takes time and attention. I found it easy to watch the maracas as I was making dinner. They take about an hour to fully drip and dry. First things first though, they need to get dipped!
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!
The paint will start to slide down the edge from the top. Before the paint reaches the handle line, grab a folded paper towel and gently swirl around the paint. The idea is to create swirled lines around the bottom of the maraca, while the top is a slick unbroken surface. Repeat this process several times until the paint has completely dried. As I mentioned, I let the maracas dry by the sink while I made dinner, so I was able to grab them and swirl quickly every 10 minutes or so.
Dip string in the paint and slowly twirl it around your maraca.
These will be perfect stocking stuffers for the boys! Now I will just need some ear plugs…