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Halloween Costumes: Rock 'n' Roll Drummer Costume

Rock 'n' Roll Drummer Costume

Total Time Needed: Afternoon Or Evening

This drummer costume truly rocks - and rolls! Great for the kid whose wheelchair becomes just another part of the costume.


  • Pencil
  • Hula hoop
  • White Fome-Cor
  • Utility knife
  • Duct tape
  • Corrugated cardboard (14x95-inch strip)
  • Thumbtacks
  • Gift wrap
  • Tape
  • Removable tray fitted for wheelchair
  • Nylon rope
  • 2 cylindrical cardboard 1-gallon ice-cream containers*
  • 2 large paper fasteners
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Wooden dowel (3-feet-long, 1/2-inch-wide)
  • 2 foil pie plates (10-inch diameter)
  • 2 rubber bands
  • Drumsticks
  • Sunglasses


Rock 'n' Roll Drummer - Step 1

1. To make the base drum, trace the outline of a hula hoop onto Fome-Cor and cut it out with a utility knife. Tape the cardboard sheet to the hula hoop, spacing the strips of duct tape about 7 inches apart. (To make the cardboard more flexible, try rolling it up lengthwise first.) Insert the Fome-Cor circle into the hula hoop and adjust it until it sits approximately 2 1/2 inches in from the rim. Secure the Fome-Cor with thumbtacks set along the outside of the cardboard, then cover the cardboard with gift wrap.

Rock 'n' Roll Drummer - Step 2

2. To fit the base drum, begin with the foot platforms as your guide, and fit the bottom of the drum under them. Mark where the top of the drum meets the tray. With the utility knife, make two holes just above where the cardboard touches the tray. Add a third hole between them. Thread a 2-yard length of nylon rope through each of the 3 holes and loop both ends of each rope over and back under the tray. Tightly knot the ropes in place.

Rock 'n' Roll Drummer - Step 3

3. To make the small drum, cover each ice-cream container with gift wrap. Cut a 6-inch, angled slit along the side of each container and fit one cylinder over each corner of the tray (you may have to lengthen the slit for a better fit). To secure, drive a paper fastener through the large and small drums where their surfaces touch.

Rock 'n' Roll Drummer - Step 4

4. To make the cymbals: Paint the dowel and tie it onto the side of the chair with two pieces of rope. Cut a small X into the center of each pie plate. Slide a rubber band onto the dowel about 10 inches from the top and wrap until tight. Slide one foil plate, faceup, on top of the rubber band. Wrap a second rubber band around the dowel 6 inches above the first plate. Add the second plate, facedown.

Rock 'n' Roll Drummer - Step 5

5. All that's left is for the drummer to dress up in his rock star gear, and let it roll!


The placement of the drum will vary slightly according to your child's particular wheelchair.

*If you are having a hard time finding ice cream cardboard buckets, try using extra large juice or bleach bottles (trimmed down to a simple cylinder) or extra large cardboard coffee cans.