1. Begin by reading the earlier blog and then gather your supplies and materials. You will need some sort of tube. The one that I used was a 10” concrete form tube from Home Depot. You will also find it handy to have a cutting mat, pen, utility knife and sticky resistant scissors. I found the scissors at Wal-mart, but craft stores will probably have them as well. These are not necessary to have, but for some of the cutting jobs they do seem to work easier than the utility knife. Some people prefer to just rip the tape, but I find that the end gets stretched when ripped. It’s just a personal preference though; you get to choose your level of fussiness.

  2. Your next job is to make a fabric circle for the inside of the drum. You will need 2 pieces of tape 7” long, 2 pieces 10” long and 3 pieces 11” long. Place them on the cutting mat as illustrated in picture #2 overlapping the edges by 1/4”. Place the tube on the fabric and draw a circle using the inside of the drum as a template. Using a craft knife, cut out the circle and remove the excess tape. Set the fabric circle aside for later. Please note:  It’s not necessary to do this step if you don’t mind the inside of your drum being sticky. I just prefer that when we perform outdoors that the bugs don’t get stuck on the sticky residue. Ugh!!!
  3. Make the drum head by layering the duck tape in a criss-cross pattern over the top(See illustration # 3). Continue until the entire drum opening is completely covered (#4). For durability, I added a second layer, but this time I did it in a spiral pattern because I liked the finished effect. Place a band of tape around the outside of your tube to hold the drumhead in place, and trim off the protruding edges.(#5). 

  4. Pull the round fabric piece from your cutting mat. Working inside your drum, place the fabric against the underside of the drum head, sticky sides together. Be extremely careful, for once the two sticky sides make contact; they won’t want to be separated.  Be sure to have it positioned correctly.

  5. Now it’s time to decorate the out side of your drum however you wish, just being sure to over lap edges. At the bottom you can tuck any overlap to the inside of the drum for a clean finished edge.

  6. If you play the drums off the ground it produces a better sound. You could also cut holes on either side at the bottom and then the drum could sit directly on the floor. My 4 and 7 year old guinea pigs didn’t have any problem sitting on a chair and holding the drum between their knees. Please give this project a try and then let me know how successful you were. Bye for now and thanks for visiting.

    P.S. What else could a drummer use duck tape for? Answer: To hold his eyelids open when he is tired.

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