I used cork yoga blocks to make my drums out of (I used 2 – one we cut in half to make it a smaller size drum). (Cork yoga blocks can be found at sporting goods stores, most box stores (like Target), ebay; I got mine off Amazon.) We made two different kinds of drumsticks – one my handy carpenter husband turned on a lathe and the other is a quick diy with supplies easily found at a craft store. These drums make nice gifts for the little guys and gals in your life – and parents won’t mind them at all – they’re quiet drums!
What you need:
cork blocks (I used cork yoga blocks – read above for more details)
paint + paintbrush
wooden dowel (found at craft supply stores)
small wooden balls with holes in them (found at craft supply stores)
How to do it:
For the cork drum: Trace a circle onto your cork block (we used a bowl to trace). Using a band saw, cut your cork block into a circle. Sand the edges of the cork. Paint as desired.
For the drumsticks: If you’ve got a handy carpenter around, you can have them turn a dowel on a lathe and make drumsticks. Otherwise, cut a wooden dowel to size. Put some wood glue inside the hole of the wooden ball, then stick the dowel in. Let dry. (You can also paint the sticks if desired).