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Make Your Own Rainstick

Make Your Own Rainstick

The gentle, soothing rain-like sound of beans falling through a rainstick is a wonderful meditation device, helping to calm us and bring us to a place of deep peace. And did you know that you can make your own rainstick for a fraction of the cost of a purchased one? You can, and the process is so much fun.

If youíre looking for an easy project that will help you to unwind, try this. You can make rainsticks with your children, too–and the results are beneficial for the whole family. (When Caitís son was small, his grade school class spent an afternoon making and using their own rainsticks. Everybody had a blast!) Here are the easy directions:

For each rainstick, you will need:

A heavy cardboard mailing tube with two end pieces
One pound of nails, the same length as the diameter of the tube.
1 to 2 cups of different-sized dried beans and/or raw rice
A hammer
Glue or tape
Duct tape, contact paper, or other craft paper
paints and brushes (optional)

1. Hammer the nails all over the tube, as far as they will go. This is a great way to release pent-up end-of-winter frustration–and the cardboard tube should be sturdy enough to withstand it!) You can make an even pattern or do this in a random way, as you choose.

2. Glue or tape one of the ends in place. Pour beans into the open end.

3. Glue or tape the other end in place.

4. Cover the rainstick with duct tape or contact paper, or glue craft paper on it, to help keep the nails in place. You may want to paint or decorate your rainstick to personalize it.

5. To use your rainstick, simply hold it upright and allow the beans and rice to fall through the nails. Then turn the other end up and allow them to fall through the other way.

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Inspired by Celebrating the Great Mother, by Cait Johnson and Maura D. Shaw (Inner Traditions, 1995).

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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7:48AM PDT on May 1, 2013


3:52AM PDT on May 1, 2013

There's always something handy in life we can utilise

12:48PM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

nut shells work nicely too.

3:15PM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

Good idea.Thanks for sharing

10:20AM PDT on Apr 25, 2008

Great Idea :)

7:45AM PDT on Apr 18, 2008

What a wonderful project to promote..I am working on mine right now...Many Thanks to you

11:31AM PDT on Apr 17, 2008

wondeful idea, i had forgot about this rainstick we had made as kids,I love it will be my project as the rain is such a peaceful cleansing sound to hear...thanks

9:18AM PDT on Apr 17, 2008

I will certainly be making a lot of these, not only to give as gifts, but also to decorate with during holidays - using paper towel rolls, and toilet tissue rolls, once they are empty :-) I will decorate them with the small remnants of wrapping paper, small scraps of fabric, ribbon, etc.! For the ones I make for Christmas I will use lots of Red, Green and Gold on them and string them on a line to hang along with my lights, or just hook an ornament hook to a small piece of thread that I sew through one end of the tube, or glue to one end, so I can hang them on the light strand so the wind/breeze can create the sound of rain. I may even cut the toilet tissue rolls in half so they are smaller and make tree ornaments as well, just because they will look very nice, not because of the sound.

Thanks for such a wonderful idea!

11:56PM PDT on Apr 13, 2008

ive done that before

7:37PM PDT on Apr 13, 2008

could you do the same with a paper towel tube? not only are you making something awesome but recycling as well.

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