How to Make Paper Drums

Updated July 20, 2017

For a Christmas play or a child's costume for any occasion, dress your child as a Little Drummer Boy and make a simple drum out of paper. The paper drum is light enough to be worn around the child's head on a string, and the paper will make it a quiet drum that adults can appreciate.

Cut a piece of thin poster board into an 8-1/2-by-17-inch rectangle.

Tape the shorter sides together to create a cylinder. This is the body of the drum.

Cut two pieces of tissue paper into 7-by-7-inch squares.

Center one square over one open end of the cylinder. Secure in place by applying hot glue to the outer edge of the cylinder and pressing the tissue paper down, holding in place against the glue to set. Repeat with the other square to cover the bottom of the cylinder.

Decorate the top and bottom of the drum cylinder by wrapping lengths of yarn around where the tissue paper drapes over the cylinder, letting the ends of the tissue paper stick out. Secure in place with dots of hot glue.

Punch a hole in either side of the drum cylinder near the top. String the ends of a length of yarn through each hole, tying a knot to secure. The drum can then be worn around a child's neck to create a Little Drummer boy costume.

Things You'll Need

  • Poster board
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Tape
  • Tissue paper
  • Glue gun
  • Yarn
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