Make Your Own Snare Drum

What You Need:

  • Metal cookie or candy tin
  • Metal paper clips (about 20)
  • Cardboard
  • Unsharpened pencil or chopsticks
  • Tape
  • Acrylic paint (optional)
  • Stickers (optional)
  • Paintbrush (optional)


What You Do:

  1. Remove the lid from the empty cookie tin and have your child decorate the outer surface with paint or stickers.
  2. Have your child place the tin on a sheet of cardboard and trace the circle. Leaving about 1/4 inch of space outside this circle, cut out the circle so it's slightly larger than the tin.
  3. Have your child turn the tin upside down and spread paper clips evenly on the recessed base of the tin.
  4. Place the cardboard circle over the paper clips. It should be slightly raised above the paper clips.and tape it to the sides of the tin with heavy-duty tape.
  5. Now your little musician can use unsharpened pencils or chopsticks to tap to his content!

Use this drum along with other homemade instruments to strike up a family band!

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