Tom Tom Drum Craft

Tom Tom DrumPractise rhythm with this easy to make Tom Tom Drum.  Play it on its own or drum along to your favourite songs!

Tom Tom Drum





You will need :

  • Drinking chocolate tin (rinsed out and dry) discard the lid.
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Coloured elastic bands
  • Coloured tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • PVA Glue
  • Sheet of coloured card
  • Coloured pens or paint


  1. Place your tin an inch or so in from the edge of the greaseproof paper and draw around it.
  2. Remove the tin and roughly draw a circle an inch bigger around the circle you have already drawn.
  3. Cut out the large circle
  4. Using the greaseproof paper circle as a template, place it on top of a piece of coloured tissue paper and cut around it. The tissue paper circle should be a little larger than the greaseproof paper circle. Set both circles to one side.
  5. To decorate the tin, cut a sheet of coloured card which is the height of the tin and big enough to wrap all the way around.
  6. Decorate the card with coloured pens or paint.
  7. Cover the tin with the decorated card and stick down using either sticky tape or glue.
  8. To create the skin of the drum, cover the greaseproof paper circle entirely with PVA glue. The paper should be wet but not dripping.
  9. Glue side down, stretch the greaseproof paper over the top of the tin and smooth down over the sides. You can use the original circle drawn in the middle as a guide to get the paper central.
  10. Cover the tissue paper in glue in the same manner as the greaseproof paper and carefully lay this over the top of the greaseproof paper and smooth down.
  11. Put some elastic bands over the tin, greaseproof and tissue paper. These not only hold down the paper whilst it dries, it also makes the drum look nice.
  12. Once the drum has dried the greaseproof paper should be tight. Play by patting a beat with your hands or use two pencils (blunt pencils!) with rubber ends as drumsticks.   See steps in photos.


  • If your card is not big enough to wrap all the way around the tin, join another piece of card to it with sticky tape.
  • The tissue paper will be very delicate when it’s covered in glue so take care not to rip it. Using more glue will make it less tacky and easier to handle.
  • If you have the time, you can decorate the tin with papier maché and paint instead.

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