I love to make groggers---those fun noisemakers we shake on Purim. Last year I made some out of plastic water bottles and this year I used empty soda cans.
I prefer the cans because the sound is much more intense when filled with small stones.
Here is what you'll need to create these...
1. Make the pom-pom (it makes the grogger look so festive and fun!) Cut some colored tissue paper approximately 5 x 5 inches. Be sure you have several layers of tissue. Fold in half and cut slits along one edge.
2. Fold in half to create a "flower" and tie string on the bottom to hold it together.
3. Cut off the top of the can with a can opener. Trace the can top on a piece of cardboard and cut out the circle. Poke a hole in the center of the cardboard using a sharp instrument. Insert wood dowel (mine is 16 inches long) into the hole and glue to the bottom of the can with a hot glue gun.
4. Fill can with small stones or beans.
5. I used "goop" glue around the edges of the cardboard circle.
6. After it dries, paint the wood dowel and the top of the can where is might show under the pom-pom.
7. Cover the can with paper of your choice...wrapping paper, scrapbook paper and stickers all work great. Hot glue the pom pom on top of the can.
8. For the fringe on the bottom, simply cut slits into the crepe paper to create fringe and affix to the can with double-backed tape.
So pretty and festive--perfect for Purim!
Creative Jewish Mom