How to Make a Drum From a Can and a Water or Soda Bottle Made of PETE 1 Type Recyclable Plastic




Introduction: How to Make a Drum From a Can and a Water or Soda Bottle Made of PETE 1 Type Recyclable Plastic

This is a video on how to make a durable drum head using a soda bottle or water bottle. This material shrinks when you heat it and will secure itself to any can with a rim. No glue or tape in needed! Also, because the materials are commonly found in recycle bins or even along side the road the drum is essentially free. watch the video to see how to make it.

Please note: Plastic can release harmful fumes when overheated. It is best to do this project with good ventilation. That being said, if you follow my instructions and don't overheat the plastic, there is little chance of fumes being released.

Happy drumming!



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    This actually gives me a great idea on how to make a simple altimeter/ air pressure indicator! The hardest time I was having with it was making a membrane that was strong,tight but still had give. I only thought of it when you punched a hole in it to prevent pressure!

    can you use glue to attach it instead of heating the plastic

    This is a great Instructable! Your video is very clear and concise. We will be making these drums with kids in a Summer Art of Music Workshop where they will make castanets, drums, fipple whistles and wind gongs. Thank you so much for sharing this.


    Was wondering if I could use acetate sheets? I have some leftover from a craft project and it would potentially cut down on some work- thanks for your time & sharing this great project!

    are you able to remove the lid after it is sealed?

    Hello! This is exactly what I've been looking for! I want to make some durable but inexpensive drums for my grandchildren for Christmas and I have some suede laying around. After some research, I found that suede is not the best thing to use for sound you think I could put the suede over the plastic (for looks) and still get a decent sound?

    Thanks again!

    Thanks for sharing this clever idea. I will add it to my next instructable about sound makers.

    Thanks for the instructions.
    This is the drum for my daughter.


    I LOVE THIS!!! Not only can you make a drum, you can also use this idea to seal something into an empty can!

    Thank you, and God Bless! (^_^)b

    Thanks for the idea, really love it. I'm gonna make it for my lil' brother who is gonna be a drummer when he grows up. I am totally touched by ur credits. Also i would be interested bout the mission work in which u were involved. GOD BLESS.

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    Thank you for your comments. The Mission was to build houses and do a bible school for a poor community in Mexico. I spent afternoons with about 60 kids from the bible school doing some drumming and talking about Jesus Christ. The drumming was a new thing that was added this year. It was a huge success! The kids loved it. I hope the message we were trying to impart to them sunk in a little. The concept I working from is that God put a rhythm in all of us. That rhythmn is the beating of our heart. Like the beating of our heart God is with us throughout our life. Therefore, we should praise Him with not only words and song but rhythmn as well. God Bless to you as well!

    In an attempt to make one of these drums I used 5 bottles, attempted to attach the head 7 times, used up all the fuel in one lighter, burned myself, and spent an hour and a half trying to do so. Now I'm out of usable plastic. I used a zippo instead of a blowtorch so maybe that contributed to my failure...? Anyways, this is GREAT instructable and an excellent way to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

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    I have really had no success with any type of "Yellow" flame lighter. Small "Blue" flame torch-like lighters can be found ( I pulled one out of my pocket in the video). That is the smallest type of heat source I would try to use. Even that lighter gets very hot when making a drum. The great thing about making these is if you mess up you can recycle your mistakes and try with fresh bottles!. Try a bigger heat source. I am sure you will find the right combination. Good luck!

    Thanks dude i just made this with my dad for a music project and i'm hopefully going to get a good grade it sounds great. Awesome intructable

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