How can I reuse or recycle … old drumheads?

Snare DrumJohn used to play drums back in the day and has just started to pick it up again so has been cleaning/refurbishing some of his old kit.

He used to specialise in hitting them awfully hard with sticks so the “skins” are a bit knackered – especially since he uses brushes on them now, therefore needs them coated so they sound right … or something (my musical skills begin and end with the swanee/slide whistle).

Anyway, we’ve now got a couple of old drumheads lying around the house now – they’re not torn, just not worn out. For those as musically challenged as me, they’re, well, like floppy-ish frisbees: round and flat (funnily enough), with the edges curved around about 1.5cm (3/4 inch). The skin is thin plastic and, as I said floppy.

Presumably with all the musicians out there, there are thousands of these things discarded every week – so any suggestions what people can do with them? And what about if the skin is torn – any suggestions then?

(Photo by Vierdrie)

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4 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle … old drumheads?”

  1. Petra says:

    Use them under plant pots to catch water?

  2. Answerer says:

    They are very handy to hold things in. If you knock out one side, you can grow plants, store CD’s, etc.

  3. Vicky Carlson says:

    wondering if you could make a footstool out of one?

  4. claresnare says:

    Check out this guys blog/site for many uses for used drum skins!! Excellent creative ideas.

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