Pile two small paper plates together and align them at the edges. Now punch five evenly-spaced holes around the plate.
Separate the two paper plates. Paint the bottom side of each plate as you like. Once the paint dries, you can further decorate the paper plates.
String a bell through the middle of each twist tie. Bend the ends of the twist tie or pipe cleaner towards each other.
Put the plates together the unpainted side should be on the inside and the decorated side on the outside. Position the plates so that the holes are in exact alignment and the edges are aligned as well.
Attach the first bell to your paper plate tambourine. Twist the ends of the twist tie around one of the pairs of holes on the tambourine. Similarly attach the four remaining bells around the other four pairs of holes on the tambourine.