How to make a hand drum

Make a toy hand drum for your little one  to play with! This tutorial is super cheap, and some parts your child can help with (mainly the decorating part…) Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links.

 

Make this fun diy musical instrument - a hand drum! Such a fun DIY toy for kids, and a craft that kids can help make, decorate, and play with afterward.

 

M couldn’t wait for me to finish making this to play with it. He is obsessed with music (or nuhis as he calls it) and right away made the association. He didn’t twist it with his palms like it’s meant to be played – he shook it back and forth – but it still made a nice noise, and kept him happy.

Make this fun diy musical instrument - a hand drum! Such a fun DIY toy for kids, and a craft that kids can help make, decorate, and play with afterward.

 

At first I did NOT glue the dowel in place. He fought with it until he got it out, so I learned my lesson…

 

Make this fun diy musical instrument - a hand drum! Such a fun DIY toy for kids, and a craft that kids can help make, decorate, and play with afterward.

 

The big challenge in this craft was fitting the balloon over the ring. I could have used a larger balloon, but I wanted it to be pulled taut. One side worked in the end and the other didn’t. I ended up using a bit of duct tape to hold it in place and it went on easily.

 

Make this fun diy musical instrument - a hand drum! Such a fun DIY toy for kids, and a craft that kids can help make, decorate, and play with afterward.

 

What you need to make a DIY hand drum:

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  • A pringles canister, or similar round container.
  • Craft knife
  • A wooden dowel
  • Good hole punch
  • Decorative tape (such as washi or glitter tape.)
  • Decorative duct tape, preferably narrow.
  • Two balloons. This might be hit-and-miss depending on your container size so I highly recommend you have a few sizes to experiment with. If you want to create this in bulk or with a group, test one and then make more according to the size that worked.
  • Ribbon or string
  • Large wooden Beads (make sure the ribbon is a good size to go through the beads and then tie a secure knot)
  • E6000 glue or similar
  • Scissors

 
 


 
 

How to make a toy hand drum:

 

1. Cut your can about an inch to an inch and a half from the top.

Make this fun diy musical instrument - a hand drum! Such a fun DIY toy for kids, and a craft that kids can help make, decorate, and play with afterward.

 

It doesn’t need to be perfect.Make this fun diy musical instrument - a hand drum! Such a fun DIY toy for kids, and a craft that kids can help make, decorate, and play with afterward.

2. Cover the ugly with tape. If your tape is too wide, snip it at intervals and fold into the ring.

Make this fun diy musical instrument - a hand drum! Such a fun DIY toy for kids, and a craft that kids can help make, decorate, and play with afterward.

 

3. Trim your dowel to size. I did this by breaking it – classy!Make this fun diy musical instrument - a hand drum! Such a fun DIY toy for kids, and a craft that kids can help make, decorate, and play with afterward.

 

4. Punch a hole halfway into your ring. You’ll need a strong hole punch for this (I have this one.) If you don’t have a good one, make an x with your craft knife in that spot, the size of the dowel head.

Make this fun diy musical instrument - a hand drum! Such a fun DIY toy for kids, and a craft that kids can help make, decorate, and play with afterward.

 

5. Stick your dowel in. Important: secure it in place with glue and allow it to dry!

Make this fun diy musical instrument - a hand drum! Such a fun DIY toy for kids, and a craft that kids can help make, decorate, and play with afterward.

 

6. Cut off the neck of your balloon.Make this fun diy musical instrument - a hand drum! Such a fun DIY toy for kids, and a craft that kids can help make, decorate, and play with afterward.

 

7. This is the tricky part… pull your balloon over the opening on one side of your ring. It needs to be pulled completely flat – no bunching in the middle, no gaps around the edges, or it won’t hold. Tip: if you’re having trouble, secure a small spot in place with duct tape and pull the rest around. You probably won’t be able to get the tape off afterward, so do this in a spot you’ll be covering.

Make this fun diy musical instrument - a hand drum! Such a fun DIY toy for kids, and a craft that kids can help make, decorate, and play with afterward.

 

8. Secure it in place with a strip of pretty tape. I used Duck Brand mini tape and cut it in half width-wise.Make this fun diy musical instrument - a hand drum! Such a fun DIY toy for kids, and a craft that kids can help make, decorate, and play with afterward.

 

9. Poke a hole in each side using your knife. Poke a piece of ribbon or string through (you might need help form a “poker” such as a pin.) Secure it with a knot on the inside and the outside.Make this fun diy musical instrument - a hand drum! Such a fun DIY toy for kids, and a craft that kids can help make, decorate, and play with afterward.

 

10. Add your bead(s,) knot them to secure, and trim, making sure that the ribbon reaches easily to the  middle of the drum/balloon.Make this fun diy musical instrument - a hand drum! Such a fun DIY toy for kids, and a craft that kids can help make, decorate, and play with afterward.

 

11. Repeat on the other side.Make this fun diy musical instrument - a hand drum! Such a fun DIY toy for kids, and a craft that kids can help make, decorate, and play with afterward.

12. Seal the open side of your ring with another balloon, the same way you did with the first.Make this fun diy musical instrument - a hand drum! Such a fun DIY toy for kids, and a craft that kids can help make, decorate, and play with afterward.

 

That’s it! You can decorate the dowel if you want, or just leave it as is.

Make this fun diy musical instrument - a hand drum! Such a fun DIY toy for kids, and a craft that kids can help make, decorate, and play with afterward.

Make this fun diy musical instrument - a hand drum! Such a fun DIY toy for kids, and a craft that kids can help make, decorate, and play with afterward. Make this fun diy musical instrument - a hand drum! Such a fun DIY toy for kids, and a craft that kids can help make, decorate, and play with afterward.

 

 

 

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