How to Use Recycled Materials to Make a Drum

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Things You'll Need

  • Large oatmeal container
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Waxed paper
  • Scissors
  • Large rubber band

If you are teaching grammar school children about Native American culture, you can make the lessons more exciting by providing the kids with an interactive activity related to the curriculum. For example, you can show students how to make a Native American drum out of a few materials that would normally be recycled, such as oatmeal containers. Once finished, your class can make rhythms with their drums that sound similar to Native American music.

Take the top off of an oatmeal container. Discard the top.

Paint the outside of the container with colorful acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry completely.


Cut out a circle from waxed paper to measure 10 inches wide.


Place the waxed paper circle onto the opening of the oatmeal container.


Wrap a large rubber band around the waxed paper circle to secure it to the oatmeal container. When you tap into the waxed paper, it will make a drum sound.