Paper Plate Ocean Drum


Here’s a lovely fun musical instrument that is so easy to make.

You will need:

  • 3 paper plates
  • Clear plastic (from any strong plastic packaging)
  • Strong glue, staples or tape
  • PVA glue
  • Paints and brushes
  • Beads


Cut circles from the centres of 2 of the paper plates. Cut a circle of strong clear plastic (I used the lid of an old chocolate box) making it slightly larger than the circles you have cut out and affix it securely to the raised side of one plate.


Now give your children the other paper plate to paint (on the raised side) along with the uncut plate (paint on the inside).


When the paint has dried, glue the painted plate with the hole in it over the one with the plastic on it to secure even further and cover up the taped joins. This will be the front of your drum.

Decorate the uncut plate further if you like (we added a turtle sticker, to stick with the ocean theme) then add a good handful of beads.


Staple or hot glue the plates together with the beads inside, then reinforce around the edges with duct tape. And there you have it – your very own ocean drum!


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