More Tunes from Cardboard Tubes

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Part Two: percussion instruments from cardboard tubes

Cardboard Tubes Percussion image by Photographer Studio (via Shutterstock).

With a good skin on top, these cardboard tubes could be suitable for aping the drum solo on ‘In The Air Tonight’. Image by Photographer Studios (via Shutterstock).

In our previous post on this subject, we looked at how cardboard tubes are used to create woodwind style instruments. Our last feature showed us how to make didgeridoos, flutes, and panpipes. If you went to Marple Carnival last month, or seen a gig of any description, no band is complete without a percussion section. The Marple Band wouldn’t have looked the same without a drum; and Genesis, without Phil Collins on drums (well, any drummer) would be at a loss.

This has inspired our second part: percussion instruments. Not only drums, but also castanets, shakers, and – well – anything else that makes a noise. Will they be loud enough for The Stock Dove on a Friday night? Possibly.


From cardboard tubes, no matter what size, a good set of drums can be created. Carpet tubes could be used for floor height drums and act as tom-toms or conga drums. Cut to a shorter length, our very own set of bongos. The excellent Rhythm Web website shows you how to make some tube drums.

With the smallest size of Pringles tubes, or gravy tubes, why not turn them into a set of bongos? With Pringles tubes, the clear plastic lid makes for a good drum skin.


With cardboard tubes, shakers are the easiest musical instruments to make. All you need to do is seal the top and/or the bottom ends. Before you do, fill the tube with dried pasta, beans, peas, or rice. Then seal both ends and decorate the tube.

You can also do the same with Pringles tubes as well as toilet roll holders. The website has a helpful guide to making shakers.

Romiley Board Mill, 03 July 2017.

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