Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Make a spin drum

spin drum
Remember the end fight on Karate Kid II when Daniel-son is getting his butt kicked and the audience started pounding those tiny drums that led to his victory?  Yeah.. I loved that part.  Well I wanted to make some for my kids and my fabulously lovely boyfriend gave me the greatest idea!  He also went to the store that night to get the supplies so that I could get to work on some spin drums.  So here’s what we came up with, only ours don’t have the Japanese flavor of the “Den-den Daiko” as they are called.  The kids loved them so much they hardly gave me a chance to show them how to do it.  They just wanted to play with mine until I got theirs done.


how to make a spin drum
So here’s what you need to make your own:

  • 2 balloons
  • 2 mason jar lids (same size)
  • twine
  • 2 beads
  • 1/4” wooden dowel
  • craft glue
  • scissors
  • hammer and screwdriver

how to make a spin drum
First, cut the necks off of your balloons.
how to make a spin drum
Next, remove the inner discs of the lids.  You don’t need them.  Using a hammer to pound a screwdriver, make a dent in both of your mason jar lids.  This is where the dowel will fit in.
how to make a spin drum
Now stretch the balloon over the lid so that the open part of the balloon is on the inside of the lid.  The tighter, the better.  You’ll get better sound that way.
how to make a spin drum
Line the perimeter of the inside of the lid with craft glue.  Lay your twine across in the middle and lay a dowel on top resting in that little ditch you made with the screwdriver and hammer.  A little more glue on the dowel will be helpful.
how to make a spin drum
Sandwich the two lids together and rest something heavy on top, like a book.  Wait for the glue to dry.
how to make a spin drum
Tie on a bead on both sides so that the bead hits the middle of the drum.  Then decorate as you please!
how to make a spin drum
Here’s mine (above) and my son’s (below).  Now pass them out to all your kids and curse yourself later as to why in the world you gave them all noise makers.  Let’s just hope it doesn’t prompt them to start kickin’ butt like Daniel-son did!


how to make a spin drum

Thank you, baby, for your marvelously crafty idea!!  I love you!! <3

6 comments:

  1. Yves, I like it "you" to read) This is a great toy for children they love to make noise! Thanks for the idea!

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  2. Thanks! Yes, my children love making noise with these.

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  3. Cute! Looks like a fun project to entertain the little ones... though you don't have to be a kid to enjoy the Karate Kid II.... it is Cindy (one of my co-bloggers) favourite movie! I like your colour combo! ~Stephanie

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! Yeah, the kids love to bang the drums in unison. It's gets really loud around here! :)

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  4. This is amazing! My husband and I are sitting her thinking..'she's incredible...just the fact that she came up with how to make one is genius.' Hat's off to ya!!

    Just posted on Craft Gossip!!

    http://lessonplans.craftgossip.com/?p=6784

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    1. Well thank you! I can't take all the credit though. My boyfriend helped me brainstorm when I told him what I wanted to make.

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