Step 1: What You Will Need
2. Manila file folder
3. 1/4" diameter wooden dowel, 12" long
4. 14 inches of cording - I used a shoelace
5. Two beads, approximately 5/8" with a hole big enough for the cording
6. 3/4" wide electrical or vinyl tape
7. Doublestick tape
8. A pushpin
9. A stick ballpoint pen
10. A tape measure
11. A serrated knife
12. Scissors (not pictured)
Step 2: Creating the Drum Frame
2. Insert the pushpin into the tube at a point halfway between both edges. Then measure around the tube and punch three more holes, the first at a distance of 2 1/2" from the first hole, the next at a distance of 5" from the first hole, and the last at a distance of 7 1/2" from the first hole.
3. Use the ballpoint pen to enlarge the holes slightly.
Step 3: Creating the Drum Heads
2. Draw around the traced circle to create an outer circle 1/2" larger than the traced one.
3. Using the illustration as a guide, mark notches between the inner and outer circles. (The more notches you mark, the rounder your drum head will be.)
4. Fold the manila folder under the traced circle and cut out two notched circles.
Step 4: Adding the Beaters and Handle
2. On the drum frame, use the ballpoint pen to enlarge two holes opposite each other just enough so that you can thread each cord through a hole.
3. Tie and overhand knot on the end of the cord which is INSIDE the drum frame. Pull the cords tight, leaving the knots snugly against the inside of the frame.
4. String a bead onto each cord and tie TWO overhand knots approximately 2" from the drum frame. Trim off any excess cord.
5. Use the ballpoint pen to enlarge the other two holes enough to insert the dowel.
Step 5: Assembling the Drum
2. Center a drum head over the drum frame and press the notches down firmly onto the doublestick tape.
3. Repeat for the other side.
4. Take the electrical tape and wrap the circumferences of the drum to hide the notches and doublestick tape. Keep the tape even with the edge of the drum frame.