Kai-lan's Chinese Rattle Drum

Kai-lan's Chinese Rattle Drum

Announce the New Year with happy noise. When kids flip the drum back and forth, the action sets the beads in motion, creating a celebratory rattle and bang!

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Kai-lan's Chinese Rattle Drum

Craft Features

Parent Supervision Needed
This craft requires extra parent involvement and a watchful eye, because it may require sharp tools or intricate handiwork.
Allow for Dry Time
You'll need to allow extra time for glue or paint to dry.
Gift
The best gifts are handmade. Make this craft together and give it as a gift to a parent, grandparent, or your child's classmates.

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Ages: 4-6

Materials

  • Round cardboard gift box
  • Serrated knife
  • Origami paper in a decorative print
  • Craft glue
  • Mod-podge
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Hole punch
  • Heavy red string, such as plastic lanyard string
  • 2 medium wooden beads
  • 1/2-in. dowel, about 10 in. long
  • Red craft paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Craft knife
  • Kai-lan Drum Templates

Directions

  1. Step 1

    With a serrated knife, such as a bread knife, cut across the base of the gift box so that the total height is about 1.5 inches. The diameter of the top should be about 4 to 6 inches.

  2. Step 2

    With craft glue or mod-podge, wrap both the box and lid with origami paper. (If you're using mod-podge, use a sponge brush to apply the product to the back of the paper. Lay the paper on the box and smooth it with a paper towel or soft cloth. This will remove any air bubbles.) Let dry.

  3. Step 3

    Use the hole punch to create one hole on each side of the drum for the string to pass through.

  4. Step 4

    Pass the string through the hole on one side and bring it out the other. Tie a knot close to each of the holes to keep the string from sliding out.

  5. Step 5

    Tie one bead to each end of the string. Be sure to make a knot above each bead so that it can't slip up and down along the string.

  6. Step 6

    Have your child paint the dowel red. Let dry.

  7. Step 7

    With a craft knife, cut an "X" at the base of the drum. Push the dowel in through the X. This will be stiff, and may be a little tricky. (The tight opening is what prevents the stick from shifting inside the drum while kids are playing with it.)

  8. Step 8

    Print the Kai-lan Drum Templates and cut them out. Use craft glue or mod-podge to apply them to the front, back, and side of the drum.

  9. Step 9

    With the foam paintbrush, have your child apply mod-podge to the entire drum. This step will seal the lid and base of the gift box in place. Allow about 20 minutes to dry.

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