Trash Can Drum

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Total Time 1 hour Ages all-ages

Young percussionists can march to their own beat on this easy-to-make instrument.

What you'll need

  • Small trash can or bucket
  • Canvas square
  • Duct tape
  • String
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Length of rope
  • 2 wooden spoons

How to make it

  1. Cut a square of canvas four inches larger than the diameter of the trash can and lay it across the top of the can so that the edges hang evenly over the rim.

  2. Tape the corners of the canvas to the can (alternating sides to get it as tight as possible), then tape any loose edges down, pulling the drumhead tight as you do so.

  3. Tie a string just below the can's rim for reinforcement. To tighten the drumhead, spray the canvas with water and then let it dry.

  4. Knot a length of rope around the rim, then tie the ends to create a shoulder loop. Then beat a tune with the wooden spoons or your hands.

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