Thursday, December 1, 2011

Native American Rain Sticks By: Johnna Burns


Scissors                                                                Corn,rice,dried beans
Glue                                                                         Tape
Brown Construction Paper                          Feathers
Pringles can or paper towel roll                 Nails or toothpicks
String or leather string                                  Markers

First put nails or toothpicks in lines circling the pringles can or paper towel roll. Two or three lines work best on the pringles can. The nails should go every 1/2" to every 1". They should come close touching but should not touch.

The more nails the better!

Next put tape over all of the nails to secure them.

Put beans, corn, and rice into the can. Different combinations and amounts will change the sound the rain stick makes.

Tape the lid of the pringles can on. If using paper towel roll tape over both openings.

Crinkle the construction paper in to a ball several times to make it wrinkled and soft. This is supposed to look like tanned animal skin. After it is crinkled, draw Native American pictures on it with markers.

Cut the construction paper to fit the can. With the paper left cover the ends. Then glue the construction paper to the can.

Now decorate your rain stick with beads and feathers.


  1. I'm going to do this with my Grandsons Thanks

  2. Kia ora. I think you should be far more precise and culturally sensitive about decorating the stick. There isn't just one "Native American" style of decorating, colours, patterns, symbols etc. Is it even correct to say "Native American pictures"? Perhaps they are more images, symbols, patterns etc.
    And then the generic "decorate it with beads and feathers"!!!
    What would you think of an instruction that said "decorate it with European pictures"?
    This is the year 2020 and not 1950 or earlier. Please have some cultural respect.

  3. This is a lovely project. there is nothing wrong with learning about Native American culture. History is important, let’s not forget that.