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Make your own Percussion Mallet!
So, I had a fabulous although slightly weird thrift store find the other day. It was a large cardboard barrel that I think was originally used for some sort of bulk food storage. But sitting forlornly among abandoned curling irons, toasters, and ugly couches, It begged me to take it home, paint it up, and make it into a drum for dance classes. That project is still a work in progress (there will hopefully be photos later on this week,) but I anticipated a need for a mallet to bang, bang, bang on the drum! And of course, I thought I should share, so without further ado, let's Make a Mess, and Make this:

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  • How to make drum sticks. Percussion Mallet - Step 1
    Step 1

    Using your rotary tool, drill a hole in the bouncy ball. The hole only needs to go about 1/4-1/2 way through the ball, not all the way through. Be careful, this can be a little tricky! The hole needs to have a wide enough diameter that the dowel can fit into it snugly.

  • How to make drum sticks. Percussion Mallet - Step 2
    Step 2

    Dip the end of the dowel in water (it just needs to be damp for the glue to activate,) and then smear the glue on it. (Just about the last two inches)

  • How to make drum sticks. Percussion Mallet - Step 3
    Step 3

    Push the glue covered dowel into the hole in the bouncy ball. (Some of the glue will probably smoosh out, but don't worry, you can cover that by wrapping it with some yarn.) Make sure to push the dowel down as far as you can; I found it was easiest to put the ball on my desk and push the dowel down from above.

  • How to make drum sticks. Percussion Mallet - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now, smear some glue on the stick and wrap some yarn around the stick if you want to make it extra pretty. (And of course you want to make it extra pretty, right?) Let it dry for about an hour. Now, Tah-Dah! You have your very own percussion mallet!

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KMOM14 · Fort Wayne, Indiana, US · 377 projects
Great idea!

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