Make a Chinese drum

Make a Chinese drum

Chinese drums are fun to play and even more fun to make! Try making this easy craft activity with your kids in time to celebrate Chinese New Year this year.

What you need:

  • 1 x short shoelace
  • 2 x wooden beads
  • Wooden spoon
  • Two old cds/dvds
  • Strong glue
  • Paint

Number of players:


Thread a bead onto each end of the shoelace and knot to secure.

Tie the shoelace around the wooden sppon where the handle meets the bowl of the spoon and glue into place. The bead and shoelace that is hanging free should reach no further than the length of the wooden spoon’s handle.

Use plenty of strong glue to secure the old CDs to either side of the bowl of the spoon.

When the glue has dried, paint the CDs in red and gold acrylic paint and allow to dry.

To play your drum, place the handle between your closed palm and rub your palms back and forth. The drum will begin to rotate and the beads on the shoelaces will begin to hit the drum.

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