Monkey Drum

  • Difficulty Level
    Difficulty Level
  • Age
    7 to 11 years
  • Who`s crafting?
    Who`s crafting?
  • Theme




  • print out the attached document
  • a piece of string +/- 40 cm long
  • 2 buttons or wooden beads with a hole in the center
  • 1 pencil
  • 1 used breakfast cereal box


  • a handy Pritt glue stick
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • ruler


The Den-den daiko is a Japanese musical instrument also known as the Monkey Drum. This type of bead drum is used in many other Asian cultures as well. Today we will make our very own Den-den daiko bead drum.




Step 1:

Cut out all the images from the documents that have been printed out. If you have chosen to print out the black and white version, you should color in all the parts.

Step 2:

Cut out the one of the large sides from your breakfast cereal box so that you have 1 large rectangle.

Step 3:

Glue image 1 to the breakfast cereal box, using your handy Pritt glue stick.

Step 4:

Cut out the image 1 from the breakfast cereal box using your scissors.


Step 5:

Glue the breakfast cereal box cut out into a circle, using a generous amount of Pritt glue.

Step 6:

Place a generous amount of glue on image 2. Glue image to the glue joint of the circle.

Step 7:

Wrap the two ends of image 2 tightly around the pencil and leave it to dry.




Step 8:

Put Pritt glue on image 3, then tightly wrap image 3 around the pencil and leave it to dry.

Step 9:

Cut your string into two pieces, each 20 cm long.

Step 10

Thread a button or a bead onto each string and tie the string into a loop.


Step 11

Place a liberal amount of Pritt glue around the rim of the cardboard ring.


Step 12

Place the glued ring face down onto the image 4.



Step 13

Do the same for the other side of the drum, using image 5.

Step 14

Thread a button or a bead onto each string and tie the string into a loop.

Step 15

Use image 6 and 7 to fix the string and beads on the opposite sides of the drumhead, as shown in the picture.

Step 16

Remove the pencil from the handle by giving it a half twist and pulling it gently out.

And that is it!

You are ready to have some monkey drum fun.

We would love to see pictures of your monkey drums. You can ask your mum or dad to post your pictures on our Facebook wall at “Pritt world”.



You can use the spare buttons that you get when you buy new cloths as beads.