I bought a tamborim beater in Brazil that is made with two high quality flexible plastic sticks. Unfortunately, these plastic sticks are rather hard to come by outside of Brazil. I've searched everywhere but I can't seem to find the same material. Companies like LP and Meinl make tamborim sticks, but they are poor quality and don't last very long. They also cost about $5 or more. I've found that you can make a better beater with plastic coat hangers and stuff you can find around the house!
Step 1: Materials and Tools
2 or 3 plastic coat hangers
A file(or the sidewalk)
Wire cutters(or something else that can cut plastic)
Step 2: Making the Sticks
Plastic hangers seem to make really good sticks. I used plain white hangers, but you could use different color hangers if you like. Blue, yellow, and green would make a nice Brazilian flag colored beater or red, green, yellow, or black would make a cool Axe/Olodum colored beater.
To make the sticks you'll need to cut the long part of the hanger off. Then use a file to round one end of each stick. If you don't have a file, just go outside and scrape the stick on the sidewalk until it is round.
Step 3: Taping the Sticks Together
To tape the sticks together, start by wrapping a small piece of tape over the non-rounded end of the sticks. Then spiral the tape up the sticks until you get a little less than halfway up, circle around a couple of times and then spiral back down to the bottom and cut the tape.
Step 4: That's It!
Now go play some samba!!! :D