Issue #15 – DIY: Rain Stick

The Rain stick was invented by Native Americans to ask the spirits to bring rain for their crops and animals. It was originally made out of hollowed out cacti with the needles pushed into the core and small pebbles placed inside. Once the ends were sealed off, the tube would mimic the sound of rain. Presently, rain sticks are used as a musical instrument for Pow Wows, meditation, and in nature sound tracks.

Supplies and equipment:

  • 2” mailing tube
  • 1 ½” nails
  • Hammer
  • Pencils
  • Small paper plates and bowls
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Tacky glue
  • Beads- (In various sizes)
  • Beans- Uncooked
  • Macaroni- Uncooked
  • Markers

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Step 1: Insert nails along outside of tube (if nails don’t easily push into tube use a hammer to gently tap them in).

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Step 2: Trace circles onto paper plates and cut them out.

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Step 3: Glue one of the circles to one end of the tube (use tape to hold in place if needed).stepimage6stepimage7

Step 4: Pour beans,

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Step 5: Repeat step 3 to seal tube. beads, and macaroni into the open end of the tube.stepimage10stepimage9

Step 6: Wrap tube with fabric, fasten with glue, and let dry. When dry trim ends of excess fabric.stepimage12stepimage11

Step 7: Using small bowl, trace and cut two circles from fabric.

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Step 8: Glue a circle to one end of the tube and secure with a strip of fabric using a nail. Repeat on other end of tube

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Step 9: Using a strip of fabric, create a strap and fasten to tube with a nails.stepimage16

Step 10: Decorate with markers.

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Now you have a finished product so let’s make it RAIN! But don’t hold us accountable for any floods you may have.

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