My First Drum

Paint and transform an ice cream tub into a drum. This drum craft includes a pair of drumsticks and a strap that will allow you to wear the drum while you play it.
My First Drum craft


  • Ice cream tub (paperboard, plastic,
    styrofoam or tin)
  • Drinking straws
  • Shank buttons (buttons with a loop at the back)
  • Pipe cleaner
  • White acrylic paint
  • Poster paint (optional)
  • Paint brush
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun

Safety Tips

  • Keep the glue gun out of young children's reach.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 My First Drum 1. Find an ice cream tub or similar-sized food tub to turn into your drum. You can use paper-based, plastic, styrofoam or tin tubs.
Step 2 My First Drum Ask for an adult's help.2. Remove the container's lid. For a paper-based tub, punch a pair of holes on opposite sides of the drum. If your tub is made of hard plastic, styrofoam or metal, you can skip this part.
Step 3 My First Drum 3. Prime the exterior of the tub and its lid with undiluted white acrylic paint. Acrylic paint will cover any prints on your ice cream tub and will prepare your container for the final layer of colored paint. Acyrlic paint will stick to plastic, styrofoam or metal surfaces.
Step 4 My First Drum 4. Once the primer is dry, turn the container into your drum by painting it with your preferred colors of acyrlic paint or poster paint.
Step 5 My First Drum 5. To make a pair of drum sticks, we need 2 metal shank buttons, 2 drinking straws and 2 pipe cleaners. A shank button is a button with a loop at the back.
Step 6 My First Drum 6. String a shank button through the middle of a pipe cleaner.
Step 7 My First Drum 7. Bend the pipe cleaner at the middle.
Step 8 My First Drum 8. Insert the entire length of the folded pipe cleaner inside the drinking straw.
Step 9 My First Drum 9. Cut the excess length of drinking straw.
Step 10 My First Drum Ask for an adult's help.10. Make another one to come up with a pair of drum sticks. For added safety, fix the joint between the shank button and the drinking straw with a glue gun.
Step 11a My First Drum 11. Cut a string long enough for your drum strap. Insert the ends of the string through the holes on the drum's body. Make a knot on each end of the string.
Step 11b My First Drum For plastic, styrofoam or tin tubs, tape the ends of the string from inside.
Step 12 My First Drum 12. Place the lid tightly on the drum.
Step 13 My First Drum 13. As an added option, you may further decorate your drum with stickers, punched-out paper shapes, glitter glue, and other decorative materials.

The little paper stars on this drum make it into a perfect Fourth of July drum!
Step 14 My First Drum 14. Finally, try playing your drum! Use your hands or the drum sticks to make some noise. You can also wear the drum by putting the strap around your neck.

More Ideas

Patriotic Drum craft This playable and wearable drum is great to bring along to parades, national celebrations, sports events, parties or any occasion where kids can have fun making some noise in style!