Decorate a sheet of hobby card with paper tape. Apply strips of tape diagonally, at regular intervals.
Draw two circles in the size you want the drum to be. Then draw a strip that is the thickness you want the drum to be. Cut out all pieces.
Pull the strip of paper over the edge of a table to curve it into shape. Glue the ends of the strip together, forming a ring that is slightly smaller than the drum. Glue this ring to the back of one of the circles.
Cut a notch for the dowel halfway down the strip of paper. Glue the dowel at the top and in the notch, like a lolly pop.
Cut another notch on both sides of the strip, a quarter of the way down from the top. Cut a piece of string and press it through these notches, letting an equal amount of string hang out on either side. The string should form a 90° angle relative to the dowel. Tie a wooden ball to both ends of the string.
Last, to close the drum, glue on the other circle with the pattern facing out.
Craft, play music and have fun with the kids! With some paper, a piece of string and wooden balls, you can make your own little instrument! The pellet drum is a traditional Japanese toy. It is known as a den-den daiko, and it is named after the sound it makes. We decorated our drum with paper tape, but you could also draw on it, stamp it or decorate it however you like! To play the drum, spin the handle so that the wooden balls strike the drum.