I still can’t believe it’s almost New Year’s already – 2012 just flew by! Every year I like to do kid-friendly crafts with my kids and our playgroup. Last year we even had a Countdown to Noon Year’s Party with our friends. We want to do that again this year, so I have been busy searching for fun ideas that are kid-friendly and easy to make. I showed my son several ideas, and of course he chose a bunch of noisemaker crafts. Read on to see how to make the New Year’s Eve noisemaker craft!
From his picks, I asked him if he wanted to make a party horn first. I liked that it seemed simple enough to make and would appeal to both my preschooler & toddler. The party horn is perfect for family-friendly New Year’s parties, as a playgroup/playdate craft, or even as a school craft in honor of the New Year. We will be using ours for our celebration at home and quite possibly as an idea for our ‘Noon’ Year’s party since it was such a big hit with my kids.
How to make the New Year’s Eve Noisemaker Craft
- Construction Paper
- Child Safe Scissors
- Glitter Glue, Markers, Stickers and/or other items for decorating
10-20 minutes plus drying time if using paint, glitter glue, etc.
If you plan to do this with a larger group of kids, have the straws precut like in the instructions below. If the kids are toddler-aged, you may even want to just go ahead and make the entire horn beforehand and just let the kids decorate them.
Choose a straw. If it has a bend in it like in the photo where the scissors is pointing to, cut that part off.
Flatten the straw completely by rubbing it with your finger. Take one end and squeeze the flat part together. Cut the sides off on an angle (2 snips) so that it resembles an arrow.
Place the straw on top of the construction paper and start to roll a cone-shape around it. You will want your straw to be about three-fourths of the way in.
Place tape around where the construction paper and straw meet. You may have to tape the edge of the construction paper to itself. We made 2 where one I didn’t need to and one did need to be taped.
Ever so slightly flatten the open end of the cone. Cut a straight edge.
Cut slits all the way around the open edge of the cone. It should look sort of like fringe. Bend the fringe/slits outward.
Decorate as you wish. I wanted ours to look sparkly & fun so opted for glitter glue pens. The possibilities for embellishments are endless: glitter, paint, sequins, markers, stickers, ribbon, and so on. Write Happy New Year and 2013 or whatever the new year is when you make your party horns.
The pointed slit/flattened straw vibrate when you blow into the straw causing your noisemaker to make a horn-like sound. It takes a little bit of practice especially in younger kids to get it to work every time, but once they get it figured out they should have a blast running around blowing their party horns!
One tip I gave my 5 year old is to quickly re-flatten the straw (just the part that is sticking out) before he wants to blow into it. So far it has worked every time he did that. I also had to explain to him to just blow into it because he was trying to create the sound himself while blowing…. he, he! Little Sister is almost 2 and needs a lot of help trying to make sound come out, but she has so much fun trying and loved decorating with the glitter.