Thursday, December 13, 2012

12 Days of Recycled Christmas Ornaments (DIY) #12 ~ Drum

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
twelve drummers drumming...

There are officially twelve days until Christmas! 
Each day until Santa comes, I'm going to post a DIY for a recycled Christmas ornament.  Today's handmade ornament is a drum made from an empty thread spool and a toothpick. Here's how to make it:

You will need:
empty thread spool
patterned paper
embroidery thread
8 sewing pins
two beads
hot glue gun
wire clippers

First, cut the paper and wrap around your spool. Glue in place.
Next, trace the end of the spool and make a pattern.  Cut two circles from the felt that are large enough to cover the ends and set aside for later.
Using the wire clippers, cut your straight pins in half.  Save the halves with the pin heads and discard the halves with the sharp tip.
The pins will hold your thread in place and make red zig-zag pattern on the side. Take four of the pins and glue them to one end of the spool with the heads hanging slightly off (look at the image below). 
Imagine the end of your spool as the face of a clock and pretend the pins are clock hands.  Glue them at 12, 3, 6, and 9.
Flip the spool over and do the same on the other end.  Arrange these pins so the heads are NOT lined up with the heads on the other end.  They should fall between.  When you add the thread later, this will create the zig-zag pattern.
Cut a six or seven inch section of thread, fold in half, and knot the ends to create a loop.  Glue the knotted portion of the loop to one end of your spool.This loop is what your drum ornament will eventually hang from.
Using the glue gun, attach the felt circles to the ends.  Your felt will cover pins (except for the pin heads poking out).
Cut another segment of thread, about 12 inches long. Tie the end to one of the pin heads.
Pull the thread down and hook it around the pin head on the other side, then pull up and repeat.  You will be creating the zig-zag.  Continue around the drum until you reach the knot on the first pin. 
Tie the thread together and cut. Instead of cutting the ends of the thread, I tied them together to make a bow.
For the drumsticks, use the clippers to cut your toothpick in half and glue a bead to the tapered end of each piece.
Use some hot glue to attach the drum sticks to the top of your drum and hang on the tree.

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