How to Make a Homemade Drum

Have you ever wanted to own and play a drum, but it was too expensive? Thrill your little musicians with this simple step-by-step guide!

I’ve been slowly trying to build up the kid’s musical instrument collection, as they love making a noise with anything and everything they get their hands on!

A drum was very much at the top of my list but all the ones I saw that I liked were not too cheap. So I set myself a challenge to make one and I’m pretty pleased with the outcome.

What you’ll need for your drum:

  • A tin of any size (Larger is better though)
  • Tin opener
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Faux or real leather
  • Thin rope
  • PVA glue
  • Scissors
  • I didn't use Eyelet Pliers to make the holes in the leather, but I think next time I will as it'll make the drum stronger and last longer.

Open up the tin at both ends with the opener and draw around the end onto the back of the leather - do this twice – cut about 2 inches out from this line.

How to make the drum:

  1. Make small snips with scissors around outside of each piece of leather.

  2. Cut fabric to the size of the tin with a slight overlay and glue down with PVA.

  3. Thread the rope through holes and tie off.

  4. To bring it all together place your leather on each end of the tin, thread rope from top to bottom and tighten as you go…Play.

By Katie Butterworth

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