Wash two yoghurt cups and let them dry thoroughly. Prime the cups, including the lids, with white acrylic paint. Let the paint dry completely.
Paint the cups with various colors of water-based paint such as tempera, acrylic, or poster paint. Come up with your own unique designs. Paint two craft sticks and set them aside to dry.
Cut a slit at the center of each lid just wide enough for a craft stick to get through. Fill each yoghurt cup around one-third full with beans or rice.
Insert a craft stick through the slit on each lid. Fix the stick in place with a glue gun. Fix the lid to the cup as well using the glue gun.
Once the glue dries, you can start shaking your pair of festive maracas.