How to Make African Drums

Crafting instruments out of household items is a creative arts and crafts project. A simple design for an African drum provides a craft that anyone can complete, and also serves as an excellent compliment to other homemade instruments like a paper mache maraca or a shoe-box guitar.

Things You'll Need

  • Terracotta pot, 4" to 6" diameter
  • Paints
  • Paper
  • Rubber band

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Paint your pot with the design of your choice. African designs often feature bright colors and distinct shapes like angled lines.

Paint any other pots you will be using, if making more than one drum, while the first pot dries.

Trace the open end of the pot on a piece of paper, then draw a circle with a radius approximately two inches larger around the circle created by tracing.

Cut the paper around the outer circle, then fray the outside of the circle by making cuts from the edge of the circle towards the center, stopping 1/4" from the circle created by tracing. You should fray the outside so that there are twelve different frayed portions.

Center the piece of paper over the dried pot's open end, and fold the frayed edges around the lip of the pot tightly.

Secure the paper to the pot using the rubber band, and hit the paper with your finger tips to play your drum the proper way.


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