How to Make Paper Instruments

Small Toy Drum

Small toy drum
Small toy drum

Use this small toy drum to add rhythm to your band. It's quick and easy to make.

What You'll Need:

  • Round ice cream container and lid, rinsed and dried
  • Acrylic paint: Blue, light yellow, silver
  • 10 brads
  • Red yarn


  • Paintbrush
  • Sharp pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Craft glue

Step 1: Paint the container blue, the top of the lid yellow, and the rim of the lid silver. Dip the head of each brad in silver paint, and let it dry.

Step 2: When the paint is completely dry, use a sharp pencil to poke holes along the top and bottom of the container, about 3 1/2 inches apart. Stagger the placement of the top and bottom holes. Insert a brad into each hole, and secure.

Step 3: Wrap a piece of red yarn around one of the top brads, and then carry it down to the next bottom brad. Wrap it around this brad, and carry it up to the next top brad. Repeat around the drum. Tie off the yarn and trim when all the brads have been circled.

Step 4: Glue the lid onto the top of the drum.

If you'd like to carry this drum in a marching band, glue about a yard of 2-inch-wide ribbon across the top, and hang the drum around your neck. For drumsticks, use unsharpened pencils, wooden spoons, or wooden dowels.

Keep reading to learn how you can add the jingle of bells to your band of paper instruments.

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