How To: New Year’s Noisemakers

Published on December 30th, 2011

I can’t believe it but Christmas has come and gone. I can’t believe how much time flies. I spent Christmas together with my family in NYC and then headed out to Jackson, Michigan the day after to spend time with his family. It’s been a fun time, they have a veritable menagerie, 3 cats, 3 dogs and a giant blue and gold macaw. Stephen also surprised me this year with a terrific Christmas gift! 2 Japanese Shun knives, one Chef’s knife and one paring knife, all that Mario Batali told me that you need as far as kitchen knives go. Great advice since a good set of knives in the block costs a fortune.

Now it’s time to focus on New Year’s Eve. It’s one of favorite holidays of the year. The champagne, friends, snacks, music, parties; it doesn’t get better than that. When the clock strikes 12 you’ll want to be ready to celebrate, so make some noise with these party favors.

Here is how you make ’em!

Flatten a straw at one end using your fingers or a bone folder.

Cut the sides of the straw at an angle. This makes a reed that will vibrate in your mouth when you blow into the straw.

To make the amplifier make a template out of regular printer paper before diving into the better paper. Simply roll the paper.

Cut the corner off the wide end of the paper.

Use the shape as a template.

Roll the paper and use a piece of double-sided tape to tack the paper in place.

Secure the amplifier in the center and at the straw end with electrical tape. You can use almost any kind of tape. I like electrical tape because it’s stretchy and easy to position.

On this noise maker, I covered the electrical tape with contact paper.

I also punched holes in the end and tied bits of ribbon.

On another to hide the tape I glued cotton balls.

This looks so cute! I wish I had some red paper to do this. It would be just like Santa’s red, fir-lined suit.

Take some pieces of ribbon left over from Christmas gifts and glue them to the noisemakers.

Cut shapes into the end and glue some pretty glitter.

Cut a shape from leftover wrapping paper. Use double-sided tape to attach. Since wrapping paper is thin, glue might wrinkle the paper which is why tape works better.

Use the electrical tape as a design element. Add some stickers.

Attach rick rack by using a needle and thread.

Tie the thread into a double-knot. Use a nice color and you don’t even need to cut the ends.

Check out this video on Today on NBC with Kathie Lee and Hoda all about Handmade New Year’s Eve Decorations!


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