Those straight-laced Victorians gave themselves one day to cut loose -
New Year. If you've seen or read depictions of the holiday, it was a
time for dancing, drinking, kissing on the sly, and making NOISE!
Vintage noisemakers from the era included rattles, pans, gongs, fire
crackers, and various firearms too dangerous to mention.
New Year noisemakers were usually home-made, just
like the confetti and Grandmamma's cherry brandy. Our version is
similar to commercial rattles of the period, although the yarn and
are an upgrade from the standard crepe paper.
We particularly like the recycled nature of this
"soda can" craft. Dried beans in an aluminum can make a nice,
celebratory sound - and who doesn't have a few soda cans around the
house? The other materials you probably have on hand, too.
Serving suggestion: Make 6-8 of these in different
colors. Create a table centerpiece of florist's foam covered
with greenery and ribbons, and arrange your New Year
noisemakers in it. When the clock strikes 12 - everyone grab
a noisemaker and celebrate!
a roughly 1" hole in the center of the top of the can with tin
Measure the inset top of the can (ours was 1
7/8" in diameter) and cut a cardboard circle that fits. Punch a 1/4"
hole in the center of the cardboard circle.
Cut the dowel to about 18" long with the saw.
a large glob of hot glue down into the
center of the bottom of the can. Working fast, insert the dowel and
stick it in the glue as close to the center as possible. Hold
it until the glue hardens.
in a small handful of dried beans.
the dowel through the hole in the cardboard circle. Apply hot glue
around the inset top of the can and press the cardboard circle
onto it until the glue hardens.
paint the can and dowel gold.
Print and trim the vintage image. Adhere it
around the can with double stick tape. Be sure the top of the
image is facing the right way and that the dowel is at the bottom!
to decorate! Make a 3" diameter yarn pom pom for the top of the can. Click here for pom pom instructions.
Flatten one side and adhere it to the center of the top of the can with hot glue.
Using hot glue, adhere a string of sequins
around the top of the image, and fringe around the bottom (dowel end)
Yes, you can do more - glitter is always
appropriate. And in Victorian-speak, "more is more."
We suspect that nowadays, all soda cans in the
world are exactly the same. Ours was a basic pull-top Coke can, 12 oz
(355 ml), of extruded aluminum. That is the can we designed our image
template to fit. If your soda can is a different size, you will have to
We were so surprised when we shook our New Year
noisemaker for the first time. It was noisy! The dried beans worked
great. Short on beans? How about ball bearings, pebbles, marbles,
pasta, screws or bolts, or anything small and hard.
Your New Year noisemaker can be embellished in
many ways. We used scraps of metallic gold fringe (1.5") and gold
sequin trim. You'll need about 7.5" of each trim to go around the can.
Try braids, cording, lace, ribbon, silk flowers or whatever you fancy.
Ribbon streamers and bows tied to the dowel would be festive.
And don't forget glitter. The Victorians didn't.
We used double stick tape all around the
back edges of the image to adhere it to the can. For an even firmer grip,
you can use spray adhesive, but remember: spray glue is not
repositionable and it is very difficult to get the image on perfectly
straight on the first try. The same goes for printing on self-adhesive
sheets - it could be a big challenge to get it aligned on the can.
You really need a hot glue gun for this craft.
You could probably make the noisemaker with white craft glue,
but we doubt it would hold up under vigorous shaking. If you
don't have a hot glue gun, you might try using clear caulking adhesive.
Don't forget: There are more great New Year images in our Happy New Year I Image Book available
from our Vintage Image Download Gallery!
You can use your graphics program to resize the images for this New
Year Noisemaker craft, or just glue them onto a decorative
paper background and trim it to fit your soda can.