MAKE THIS: D.I.Y. Toy Drum @ The Makery

by • September 1, 2014 • 2014, Big Kids, Decor & Crafts, Home Life, September 2014

by Lisa Cherry, The Makery of Anaheim

While visiting a big box craft store will certainly provide you with plenty of creative inspiration, crafting with children doesn’t have to be too complicated or expensive. These toy drums, for example, use mostly common household items to make a fun toy that the whole family can enjoy!

Materials Needed

  • Empty soup can or small round gift box (less than 3.25” in diameter)
  • 1 Latex balloon
  • 2 wooden dowels or chopsticks
  • 1 rubber band
  • 2 1” pom poms
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Regular Glue Sticks
  • Markers, crayons or Washi Tape


To Make the Drum:

1) Measure the height and diameter of your soup can or small, round gift box and use the dimensions to cut out a piece of scrapbook paper that will cover the outside of the vessel. Make sure to leave room for a small overlapping seam.

2) Once completely dry, rough up the paint a bit with sandpaper to give the jars that distressed-rustic look, as well as to let the light shine through once you put the candle in.

3) Apply glue to the back of the wrap and adhere to the outside of the vessel.

4) Snip off the bottom half of a regular latex balloon.

5) Stretch the balloon open and place over the top of the vessel. Secure by placing a rubber band over the top of the drum.

 To Make the Sticks:

6) Parents: using a hot glue gun, firmly glue a pom pom to one side of each dowel or chopstick.


The Makery is a public craft studio located in Anaheim. Their mission is to bring together a community that fosters handmade and D.I.Y. culture by providing affordable access to a creative education. Visit their website at to view upcoming handmade workshops and drop-in craft events. 


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