Guest blogger series | DIY toddler drums

by Admin on 16/10/2011

in Guest blog series2 2011, Kids Crafts

Guest blogger: Kelle Boyd from Ann Kelle

I’m Kelle Boyd, the girl behind Ann Kelle. I did this craft for the children at my church. The kids, especially the toddlers, loved playing with these drums.  The best part of this project is that you use things that you already have around your home. What makes this craft so fun is the colored duct tape. Have you seen all the beautiful colored duct tape out there? Eeek!!

Here’s what I did. 

  • colored duck tape
  • old cans
  • rice (optional)
  • glue (super glue or fabric glue)
  • fabric scraps
  • felt
  • ribbon
  • chop sticks
Striped Drum
  • 1. clean out can
  • 2. wrap tape around can horizontally
  • 3. repeat using additional colors until can is covered
  • 4. trace/cut out small circle from felt and apply to bottom of can (the bottom of the can becomes the top of the drum)
Polka Dot Drum
  • 1. clean out can
  • 2. cover can with tape
  • 3. using stencil (or shape puncher) make dots
  • 4. apply dots to drum
  • 5. trace/cut out small circle from felt and apply to bottom of can (the bottom of the can is the top)
“Shaker” Drum
  • 1. clean out can
  • 2. put 12-15 grains of rice into can
  • 3. tape the top with duct tape (overlap onto can) . . . do NOT try to hot glue, the little ones will be able to pry it open . . . trust me:)
  • 4. Measure can’s width and height
  • 5. Using can measurements, cut out fabric
  • 6. Iron fabric to get out any wrinkles
  • 7. Glue fabric on to can
Drum Sticks
  • 1. Make tape ball
  • 2. Secure tape ball to top of chop sticks (on the pointed end) using tape
  • 3. wrap ribbon around the stick
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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Randi October 21, 2011 at 7:46 am

That is just adorable! What a fun idea for little ones.


2 Robin November 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm

These are absolutely adorable. I wish I had all that tape to pull it off, right now my kids would just get silver drums.


3 Kayme Steele May 30, 2012 at 8:25 pm

This is a great idea and I will be using it for our VBS which is Go Fish Praise so it all has a rockstar feel. My only question is is the felt glued to the inside bottom of the can or the outside bottom?? I was a little confused on that one. Thanks for such an awesome idea.


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