How to make your own gourd Maraca

By | April 5, 2021


Choose a gourd. Find one that fits comfortably in your hand. Larger gourds can be difficult to work with so a smaller one is ideal. Look for gourds that have no visible route on the outside.


Cut a small hole in the bottom of the gourd with a paring knife. The hole should not be larger than the thumb. Unscrew the seeds and carefully pour out the gourd. About two-thirds of the inside should be removed. Allow to dry overnight in a dry place.

Bake 1/2 cup of dried beans in an oven for at least 20 minutes at 350 degrees to preserve them, then let them cool.
Place the beans as a filling on the maraca so it will make a sound when shaken. Rice can also be used as a filling. Do not boil the rice. You only need 1/3 cup of rice.

4. Insert a wooden doll into the small hole at the end of the maraca. The handle should not have any splinters. Carefully cover the end with glue. Fold thick tape around the opening and the handle to hold the handle in place. Color of a design with non-toxic color. Bright colors such as yellow and green will emphasize the organic nature of the original gourd.


Shellac the finished product to preserve maraca. The scale will make the maraca series shiny. The gourd should be at least two weeks and possibly much longer.

A gourd is a plant with a hard outer shell like a pumpkin or a squash. A maraca is a musical instrument. For many centuries, gourds have been used to make maracas by many communities, including Mexican pre-Columbian inhabitants. Today you can take this old tradition into your home and create your own handmade musical instrument.