Clare Seymour

January 31, 2020

How to make… homemade drums!


Homemade drums are the perfect way to teach your kids rhythm. And if you’re on a tight budget look no further; this drumkit can be assembled using nothing but pots and pans from your kitchen cupboards!

Easy method:

Step 1 – Gather your materials: It’s pretty easy to assemble your own drum kit from household items. You’ll need the following: (1) a selection of pots and pans from your kitchen (2) wooden spoons (3) string.

Step 2 – Arrange your drumkit: Grab your selection of pots and arrange them in order of size on a table. Get creative! Use a circular baking tray to mimic a snare drum. If your child wants to form their very own marching band, tie some string around a pot and hang the drum around their neck. 

Step 3 – Bang away: Grab your wooden spoons and let loose on your new drumkit. Practise some snare rolls!

Detailed method:

If you’re wanting to get a little bit more creative with your drums, flowerpots can make a great alternative to kitchen pots and pans. Be careful though! It’s easy to get carried away playing on your new drums. Although ceramic pots make the best sound, from a safety point of view it is probably better to use plastic pots for this activity.

Step 1 – Gather your materials:

For these drums we need the following: (1) scissors (2) PVA glue (3) an assortment of flower pots (4) parcel tape (5) chopsticks (or pens/pencils) (6) a finished roll of tape (7) paint or string (to decorate the drums with). For the drumsticks we need: (8) chopsticks (or pens/pencils) (9) blue sticking tack.

Step 2 – Use tape to make a drum skin: Criss-cross strips of tape over the top of your flower pot to form the top of the drum. It’s important to make sure the tape is taut and that there are no gaps. You can double up layers of tape to make the drum more durable. Wrap electrical tape around the lip of the drum to keep the skin secure.

Step 3 – Get creative: You can use additional items to create different types of drum. Place a used roll of tape in between two types of flower pots to create an African djembe-style drum. 

Step 4 – Decorate the drums:

Use paint and string to decorate your new drums as you see fit! Cover the drums with newspaper or masking tape first to help the paint stick (acrylic paint should work well). Let loose and finish by
wrapping the drums with string!

Step 5 – Making the drumsticks:

Chopsticks work great with little hands! If you don’t have
chopsticks handy you can use pens or pencils.

Mould some balls out of blue sticking tack and push the
chopsticks into them to create your very own pair of drumsticks. 

Step 6 – Bang away:

Take your new drums for a spin. Just make sure to warn your neighbours first!