Aidan has been dying to get started on drumming, and unfortunately drums (or lessons) aren’t in the budget at the moment.  However, I saw this idea on Journey into Unschooling on making a duct tape drum and decided that we could handle a project like that!

To make our drum, we purchased a cardboard form for pouring concrete from Home Depot.  We cut it into two different drum sizes with a utility knife (and there was still a lot left over).

Duct Tape Practice Drum

I covered the top with strips of duct tape, starting with this pattern.  I stretched the tape as tight as possible, and made two complete layers on top to make sure that the drum was good and sturdy.

Duct Tape Practice Drum

When the top was finished, I added black duct tape on the sides.

Duct Tape Practice Drum

We purchased some real (but inexpensive, so probably not the greatest) drum sticks from Target, which Aidan was very happy about!

The drum stick won’t bounce on the duct tape drum head the way it would on a real snare drum, but this is a fun drum for practicing rhythms or hand drumming.  And hopefully soon we’ll be able to do some real lessons!

Duct Tape Practice Drum

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  1. Dorothy Feb 12, 2014

    What a super idea! My boys are going to LOVE this! Thank you for sharing! :)

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