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Paper Cup Apple Shaker

Somehow it doesn’t seem quite right to be sharing apple crafts yet, it’s still summer after all! Yet this week I went on a day out with my kids to a local orchard run by a charity. They had a great time hunting for bugs, counting butterflies and eating blackberries and windfall apples there. So maybe it is apple season already?! This week I’m sharing some paper cup crafts along with some of my fellow bloggers and after we came home I did two little apple themed crafts with my kids, the first one of these is this simple paper cup apple shaker which would be great fun for getting kids to make some noise at a Harvest Festival (Harvest Festival talk already?! Woah, let’s get on with the craft…!)

Paper Cup Apple Shaker

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You will need

Two paper cups


Rice or pasta (my son chose rice)

A hot glue gun

Green paper

How to make your apple shaker

This is such a simple craft to make and yet it can give lots of fun as your kids can make lots of noise with it when it’s done! My son poured some rice into one of the cups and then I sealed the other cup on top of it using a hot glue gun. I must admit that I’m not always a huge fan of hot glue guns but in kids crafts they can really come into their own, if you used superglue for this you’d have to wait ages for it to dry but hot glue dries quickly (sometimes to quickly, you need to work fast!) which means your kids can play with it almost instantly.

paper cup crafts Apple Shaker

We cut out some leaves from green paper with a little bit of paper in-between, this gives a bit of room for gluing it onto the top of your apple shaker without loosing the shape of the leaves at all.

And you’re done! Go make some noise and don’t be scared to welcome apple season in!

how to make an apple shaker from paper cups

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Fun Paper Cup Crafts

I love this cup weaving tutorial from Mum in The Madhouse

Ninja Turtles are always popular round here and this paper cup craft from In The Playroom looks great!


  1. 12th August 2015 / 3:07 pm

    This is so sweet – I love the paper cups anyway, they’re so pretty – but to turn them into a shaker is inspired! x

  2. 12th August 2015 / 3:30 pm

    Such a sweet idea! I worked as a TA at my children’s school last year, wish I had seen your site then, lots of great ideas! 🙂

    • 12th August 2015 / 7:16 pm

      Oh thank you, that’s a lovely thing to say 🙂

  3. 12th August 2015 / 8:44 pm

    I used to love making these as kids x

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