DIY Cork Drum + Wooden Drumsticks

DIY Cork Drum @themerrythought
A while back I saw this cute toy cork drum on Pinterest. The store that was selling them no longer has them available, so I thought I’d give making my own a try. It ended up being a very simple and quick DIY – perfect to whip up as a last minute present!
I used cork yoga blocks to make my drums out of (I used 2 – one we cut in half to make it a smaller size drum).  (Cork yoga blocks can be found at sporting goods stores, most box stores (like Target), ebay; I got mine off Amazon.)  We made two different kinds of drumsticks – one my handy carpenter husband turned on a lathe and the other is a quick diy with supplies easily found at a craft store.  These drums make nice gifts for the little guys and gals in your life – and parents won’t mind them at all – they’re quiet drums!
DIY Cork Drums @themerrythought
DIY Toy Cork Drums @themerrythought
What you need:
cork blocks(I used cork yoga blocks – read above for more details)
band saw
sandpaper
paint + paintbrush
wooden dowel (found at craft supply stores)
small wooden balls with holes in them (found at craft supply stores)
wood glue

How to do it:
For the cork drum: Trace a circle onto your cork block (we used a bowl to trace). Using a band saw, cut your cork block into a circle. Sand the edges of the cork. Paint as desired.
For the drumsticks: If you’ve got a handy carpenter around, you can have them turn a dowel on a lathe and make drumsticks. Otherwise, cut a wooden dowel to size. Put some wood glue inside the hole of the wooden ball, then stick the dowel in. Let dry. (You can also paint the sticks if desired).
DIY Cork Drum @themerrythought
DIY Cork Drum + Drumsticks @themerrythought
Cork Drums - The Merrythought
Cork Drums - The Merrythought
My little drummer boy seemed to enjoy them. Which is good – he’s getting one as one of his Christmas presents – ha! So, are you finished with all your Christmas shopping/crafting? I’m not! I can’t seem to ever get done early – no matter how hard I try. We’ll be busy finishing up our shopping and crafting this weekend. My wonderful parents are having the boys sleep over so Mike and I can hopefully get the rest of our shopping & crafting finished. Hoping to get all my wrapping done too – I don’t want to be up late Christmas Eve (which is what usually happens).  I’m also looking forward to my sister & brother both coming home this weekend!

Enjoy this weekend and get those last minute gifts finished up! Manda

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  • Friday, December 20, 2013 - 3:58 pm

    Monsterscircus Monsterscircus - Spot on, this is so cool – Love cork and your drums are adorable, great job! Best MetteReplyCancel

  • Friday, December 20, 2013 - 11:29 pm

    crannyandme - These are wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Friday, January 3, 2014 - 12:14 am

    Colleen Pastoor - So Creative! With two little ones who will be hitting things next year… quiet is my best friend. Thanks for the DIY.ReplyCancel

  • Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 12:07 am

    Crafty mom - These are great. Do you happen to know what the relative size of your cork yoga blocks were or which ones you ordered. Did you use acrylic paint on these? Thanks a ton. Great work, I am impressed.ReplyCancel

    • Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 10:56 pm

      Manda - Hi – thanks for the kind words on the drums! My cork blocks were 9″x 6″x 4″. I added in a link in the directions to the ones that I ordered. And yes, acrylic paint was used. Hope that you’re able to make them & enjoy them – my boys still are playing with their drum a year later!ReplyCancel

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