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Homemade Rain Sticks from Flipflops & Applesauce

Posted by  ·  June 17, 2010  ·  Last Updated: May 23, 2016

The creative Chrissie from Flipflops & Applesauce shows us how to make a cool rain stick! Don’t forget to check out the other musical instruments she mentions in her post!

Chrissie writes…

Rain Sticks from Wrapping Paper Tubes

We’ve been exploring different homemade instruments like the guitar and the kazoo, so naturally it was time to make a rain stick. These wrapping paper tubes worked great and have provided our home with many moments of soothing nature sounds. They are also great for makeshift baton-twirling or practicing walking with a cane.

cardboard wrapping paper tube or mailing tube
aluminum foil
1-2 cups rice
2 {4″} squares 0f cardstock
2 rubber bands

1. Tear off a long sheet of aluminum foil. (About the length of the tube.) Twist into a snaky-spiral shape.
2. Insert aluminum foil snake into the cardboard tube.
3. Seal off one end of the tube with a 4″ square secured with a rubber band or tape.
4. Pour the rice into the open end of the tube.
5. Seal off the open end of the tube.
6. Decorate with stickers or paint or markers.
7. Turn slowly and listen to the sounds of the rain.

For more fabulous ideas be sure to visit Flipflops & Applesauce!

Don’t miss all the fun summer crafts!

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  1. Shannon
    Friday, July 8th, 2011
    LOL - this is a DIFFERENT Shannon than the first poster, but I too initially thought this was going to be a rain stick made out of flip-flops and applesauce! Too funny. Regardless, great idea!! :)
  2. Laurie
    Saturday, June 19th, 2010
    I can't wait to try this with my grandson! Thank you!
  3. Friday, June 18th, 2010
    My 4 year old made a rain stick at Sunday School (Noah) and they used styrofoam peanuts instead of the foil and a pringles can. I thought that was great for using those dumb peanuts!
  4. Thursday, June 17th, 2010
    This is a great idea for a homemade musical instrument. We'll definitely give it a try! Lovin' these 30 days of kid crafts!
  5. Thursday, June 17th, 2010
    Cute idea! We love home made "instruments"
  6. Shannon
    Thursday, June 17th, 2010
    Ok - I just had to see how we were going to make a rainstick out of flip flops and applesauce. ... I'm a little slow on the uptake this morning and have now figured out that Flip Flops and Applesauce is the web site! My kids have long grown and flown but I am enjoying the summer camp posts. Keep the fun coming!