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When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project. Always use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!


Main supplies:

  • 42 oz. oatmeal container
  • 1 sheet Pacon® 12” x 18” Madras tissue paper, yellow blends
  • white glue
  • 1 tablespoon DecoArt® Americana® Brown
  • crylic paint
  • 1” Royal Kids Choicetm flat paint brush
  • disposable cup
  • Royal® colored pencils


  • clear acrylic finish
  • 5” round embroidery hoop, outer ring with screw
  • 81/2” kid skin leather (or vinyl, or shower curtain plastic works well too)
  • Royal® Graphite paper
  • Fiskars® Scissors
  • Optional - Compass


1. Remove outer paper from oatmeal container. Draw a 3” circle on container, 2” from the bottom. Cut out circle. (Optional - use a compass to make the circle)Tip: The circle can be cut out by cutting a big X in the center of circle, then cut out circle with scissors. Have an adult help!
2. Mix about 1/4 cup glue with 1 tablespoon water in a disposable cup. For an antiquing mixture, add 1 tablespoon brown acrylic paint to mixture. . Brush a generous amount of glue mixture around cardboard container. Brush glue mixture inside top rim, inside the bottom rim and inside the 3” circle.
3. Place tissue paper on a flat dry surface. Roll the cardboard container over tissue paper, covering container sides. Fold top and bottom edges of tissue to inside of box top and under the lower rim. Puncture a hole in tissue in the circle center. Fold tissue edges to inside of box. Brush another coat of glue mixture over entire tissue surfaces, including the overlapped edges and inside of hole. Let dry. Note: The paper will wrinkle, adding a wood grain effect.
4. Optional: Paint inside of drum with black paint.
5. Trace carving patterns with pencil by placing graphite paper between pattern and drum surface. Color in wood carving patterns around drum with brown colored pencil. Shade inside edges of patterns with black colored pencil. Optional: Brush with clear acrylic finish.
6. Cut an 81/2” circle kid skin or vinyl. Center over container top. Open embroidery hoop screw to largest setting. Push ring over skin on container top. Pull skin edges tightly. Screw embroidery hoop tightly.

Pacon® Madras tissue paper, Royal® Kids Choicetm Brushes and Graphite paper, DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic paint; Royal® Colored Pencils


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