How to Make a Spin Drum from Cardboard

I first got my hands on an authentic spin drum when a good friend brought me one back from her annual trip to Senegal as a gift. The tan handle was made of dried bamboo. The round drum was painted with small, reddish-brown giraffe spots, and the sound, despite how loud it could get, was mellow. I later learned that Africa wasn’t the birthplace of the handheld little noisemaker with the soothing sound. Spin drums are said to have originated in Peru. But you don’t have to travel to another continent to get one. You can make your own spin drum out of a few things you might find around your house.

Here’ s what you’ll need:

A piece of corrugated cardboard.

Scissors.

Strong glue.

A stick.

String

Two beads

Fabric scraps

Modge Podge

Paint brush

Something round to trace or a compass

Marker

Here’s how I put it together.

I drew two circles on my cardboard paper. I traced a long strip of cardboard (about the size of the ruler) out. I used a dowel (you can use your marker) to roll up my strip. This curves it into a circular shape so that it’s easier to glue one circle to the bottom and one to the top. But before you glue, put one small mark on the top, bottom, left, and right of your stapled circle.

Cut slits in the cardboard where the marks are (as seen on the video).

Cut a 7-inch piece of string. Tie one bead tightly to each end.
Spread the string out and slide it down into the left and right slits you cut.

Glue one circle to the bottom of the strip hoop, then slide the stick through the bottom slit, then through the top slit. and the other one at the bottom. Push the ice cream or chop stick through the bottom and top slits.

Glue the second circle to the top of the strip hoop. You can use a blow dryer to speed up the drying process.

Cut two circles of your fabric that are a little larger than the cardboard circles you’ve glued down, generously apply glue to the sides and front of the spin drum. Glue the fabric to the top and sides. Do the same thing on the other side.

To give the sides a finished look, I glued some crafting rope around the drum. But you can use more fabric if you don’t have that.

Let it dry. Now spin it!

How to Make a Spin Drum from Cardboard

Materials

  • 1 piece corrugated cardboard.
  • scissors
  • strong glue
  • 1 icecream stick or chop sticks
  • 1 piece string (about 8 or 9 inces)
  • 1 large beads
  • scrap fabric
  • Modge Podge
  • 1 paint brush
  • something round to trace or a compass
  • 1 marker

Instructions

  • Use your compass to draw and cut out two 3-inch circles.
  • Use a ruler to trace and cut a long strip that’s about1.5” by 12” inches.
  • Use a marker to roll up your strip.
  • Open up the circle you rolled up to match the size of thecircles you cut. Then staple the ends together.
  • Cut a slit halfway through the top, bottom, left andright of the strip hoop. Set it aside.
  • Cut a 7-inch piece of string. Tie one bead tightly toeach end.
  • Spread the string out and slide it down into the left andright slits you cut.
  • Glue one circle to the bottom of the strip hoop, thenslide the stick through the bottom slit, then through the top slit. and the otherone at the bottom.
  • Push the ice cream or chop stick through the bottom and top slits.
  • Glue the second circle to the top of the strip hoop. Youcan use a blow dryer to speed up the drying process.
  • Cut two circles of your fabric that are a little larger than the cardboard circles you’ve glued down, generously apply glue to the sides and front of the spin drum. Glue the fabric to the top and sides. Do the same thing on the other side.
  • Let it air dry or blow dry it.

Notes

Cardboard is made from trees. It is one of the most versatile materials you can upcycle. 
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