How to Make a Homemade Drum


Have you ever wanted to own and play a drum, but felt the instruments were too expensive to buy? Or maybe you’re looking to expand your little one’s collection of percussion instruments on a budget. Whatever the reason, homemade drums are fun and easy to make with a variety of materials.

Part 1
Using Construction Paper

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For this method, you will need an empty cylindrical container, electrical tape or masking tape, construction paper, crayons or colored pencils (optional), two pencils (optional), and tissue paper (optional). For the container, you can use a coffee container, a popcorn tin, or an aluminum can. This is going to be the base of the drum, so look for a container that is clean and in good condition.

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This is going to form the top of the drum, which needs to be sturdy and firm. Try to put at least one to three layers of tape on the top of the can and criss-cross the tape tightly to make the drum more durable.

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Then, cut the construction paper so it will fit around the container snugly. Tape the paper in place and trim away the excess paper.

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Or, let your little one decorate the drum using markers, crayons, or paint. You can also cut out shapes from other construction paper and attach them onto the side of the drum.

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Crumple up a piece of tissue paper on the end of a pencil. Wrap masking tape or electrical tape around the tissue ball so it is secured to the pencil. Repeat this method on another pencil.

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Now it is time to have some fun with your drum or let your toddler play with it to make sure it will withstand a drumming session.

Part 2
Using A Balloon

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For this method, you will need a clean round container like a coffee can or formula can, balloons, electrical tape or masking tape, and rubber bands (optional).[1]

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Use your fingers to open the balloon up and expand it so it fits over the top of the can.

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Do not blow it up, you want to use a limp balloon. Using the scissors, cut small holes into the balloon. They do not need to be uniform or perfect, as they are more for decoration.

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Double layering the balloons will make the drum more durable, and the holes in top layer will add a fun decorative effect.

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You can also use rubber bands and simply place them around the can to keep the balloons attached.

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Or hand them to your little one and let them test them for you. If you’d like to add more weight to the drums, you can fill the container up with a handful of rice or dry lentils before you stretch the balloon on the top of the container.[2] Make drum sticks out of pencils and tissue paper or simply use your hands to drum along to your favorite song.

Part 3
Using Faux Leather

Using Faux Leather on How to Make a Homemade Drum

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For this method, you will need a round tin container or can, a roll of faux leather, a roll of thin rope, a marker, and scissors.[3]

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Using a marker, draw around the can. Then, move the can over and draw around the can again. These circles are going to be the top and bottom parts of the drum.

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1 cm) of space between the drawn line and your cut. This will give you extra leather to thread with rope.

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These snips will be used to thread the rope around the drum.

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Once you have thread the rope through the holes on the top piece and the bottom piece of leather, tie it off with a small knot and cut away the excess rope.

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Then, thread the rope from top to bottom using the threaded rope on the leather pieces, tightening as you go.

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The drum should not only look good, it should sound good too. If you want to make a more durable drum, use eyelet pliers to make holes in the leather to then thread the rope through, as this will make the drum stronger and likely last longer.