Makedo Beating Drum




Introduction: Makedo Beating Drum

About: Makedo is a simple to use, open-ended system of tools for creative cardboard construction. Build imaginative and useful creations from upcycled (repurposed) everyday cardboard. Makedo comes to life in collabor…
For all you little rockers, the time has come to start your gar(b)age band with this Makedo project. No percussionist is complete without a tambourine, shakers and of course their lead guitarist so start gathering materials from your recycle bin and start jamming.

And if the pursuit of a life of rock and roll’ for your kid scares the bejesus out of you, how about a marching band, African drum group, classical orchestra or even nursery rhyme group? The musical possibilities using reclaimed materials are endless.

For inspiration, check out these very talented kids from a recycled orchestra in Paraguay playing very impressive renditions of Mozart from garbage! It’s an old favourite of ours. You can learn about their repurposing philosophy at

Click the image below for instructions on how to make our drum.  Upload your pictures on our facebook page of your Makedo musical adventures for your chance to win our Maker of the Month competition.

Step 1: Find

Source materials from around your home. We’ve used disposable bowls and plates to make the drum shell and ribbon to decorate the rims.

Step 2: Punch

To create the drum shell, use the Makedo Safe-saw and punch a hole on the bottom of both disposable bowls.

Step 3: Connect

Position 1 bowl on top of the other and connect the 2 bowls with a Makedo Re-pin and Re-clip.

Step 4: Punch

To create the drum pattern on the outside, use the Makedo Safe-saw and punch 6 holes on the top and bottom outer rim of the base.

Step 5: Connect

Place a Makedo Re-pin and Re-clip on 4 of the 6 holes punched. These pins will allow us to weave the ribbon around to create the drum pattern. The remaining 2 holes will be used to connect the plates to the top and bottom of the drum.

Step 6: Punch

To cap the top and bottom of the drum, position the plates on the top and bottom of the base. Use the Makedo Safe-saw and punch 2 holes aligned with the 2 holes punched in the previous step.

Step 7: Connect

Connect the plate to the base with Makedo Re-pins and Re-clips.

Step 8: Thread

To complete your drum, weave the ribbon in a zig zag pattern twisting around each Makedo Re-pin. 

Step 9: Complete

Your Makedo drum is now complete. Get creative by using different colours and patterns on your drum. You are now ready to start a beat and start a drumming parade with your friends.

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