Remember these drums from Mekhi's birthday? They come out beautifully in less than an hour. I love each one looks & sounds different every single time. They cost absolutely nothing & as you'll see, the kids (ages 1-7) lead nearly every step. They are so proud of these drums & shakers! Our house has become an instrument factory, & they're making gifts for all their friends. While the shakers sound really vibrant & satisfyingly "noisy," the drums do sound a bit dull when played by hand. It's nice to have some mallets. Using the metal bottoms of your tubs makes a tangy Calypso beat. We're going to gather some sticks for our drums, & smooth down the edges with sand paper. For mallets we'll cover the ends with a bit of felt stuffed with wool & tied with string.
Tape the fabric down & roll it up. It should go around at least 1 & 1/2 times. Cut & fold under the end. Tape.
Try it out! Technically, it's done. Mahal cut several strips of felt to cover the seam. He liked it so much he added them all around the drum.