In this paper I will tell you about my
instrument, the Bottles O' Buttons. I pretty much
got the idea from a plastic bottle I found. Then my
dad had some nails so I got some other materials
and put them together to make my instrument. When
the teacher told me to decorate my instrument I
decided to finger paint the bottles to make them
look more colorful. In some ways they sound like
mini rainsticks when you flip them. Sometimes they
sound like maracas when you shake them. But the
sound is always loud!
The materials I used were two plastic
bottles, buttons, nails, rice, tape and bottle
caps. At first, I found one plastic bottle in my
kitchen, so I searched for another one. When I
found it I got nails and tape from my dad and I got
some buttons from our button collection. I thought
the rice would make a good sound for a shaker so I
got some of that. I found the bottle caps in our
back yard. I used the buttons because they are
colorful and help decorate the instrument. The
nails help make a rain stick sound on the inside.
All of the materials used on the inside helped make
the sound of my instrument louder. One of the
bottles had fewer materials in it, so it had a
The first thing I did was poke holes through
the plastic. Then I stuck the buttons on the nails
and put the nails in the holes. Next, I put the
rice bottle caps, nails, and buttons inside the
bottles. To finish, I put tape over the top to keep
it all in. The only thing my dad helped me with is
poking holes. I didn't need much help otherwise.
The only problem I had was having one button on the
nails. I solved this problem by putting two on to
make more sound.
I usually play my instrument by shaking it up
and down or from side to side to make a shaking
noise. You can change the volume by shaking hard or
not so hard. You can change the pitch by having
more or fewer materials in the bottle. There is
another way to play my instrument: you can bang it
on the floor or on a table.
I thought this project was a fun thing to do.
I liked gathering materials, putting it together
and decorating. I learned what the best materials
are and different things you can use or do to
change volume and pitch.