Rain Stick




Introduction: Rain Stick

About: I'm Kozmic Blues! I'm always thinking and looking for new things to do. I also love Rock music and I usually mix both things to do my own accessories or clothes. I hope you'll enjoy my projects!

It's been a looong time since I wanted a rain stick. I didn't want to spend money buying one and I decided to make one by myself. Some weeks ago, walking on the street I saw a 1,5m cardboard tube! I ran towards it shouting: myyyy rain stick!!!! And here's what I made out of it.

It's an easy, cheap and interesting project to do, so I recommend you to make one!


- Cardboard tube

- Nails

- Lentils (Or rice, beads, sand, etc)

- Acrylic paint

- Optional: decoration such as ribbons, feathers, etc

- Optional: Varnish

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1:

The sound of this instrument is due to the lentils (or whatever you use to fill it) falling through the nails that are inside the tube. So first of all you should hammer nails all around the tube. I hammered them into a spiral form. You must hammer the nails straight. I let 1,5 cm between nails. As you can see in the picture I used a ruler to mesure the distance.

Step 2:

Now you need something to close the tube. I cut two wood circles with a dremel but anything will work. I chose wood because it resonates increasing the sound (my father-in-law had the idea). I glued ONE of the cercles on the tube with white glue.

Step 3:

Time to experiment. You need something to trow inside the tube to make the rain stick sound. You can use lentils, rice, beads, sand, etc. It's up to you.

I tried with rice and lentils and I realized that lentils sound better. You should trow some spoon lentils into the tube. To determine the quantity, I started trowing lentils and trying the rain stick until the sound lasted enough (but don't fill the tube).

Step 4:

Glue the other circle to the other end of the tube to close it.

Step 5:

To prevent nails from falling around, I covered the tube with masking tape. It keeps the nails in place and it's easy to paint.

Step 6:

And now let your imagination soar! You must decorate the rain stick any way you want. I tried to make it as hippy as I could! It was the longest part but I love painting, so It wasn't a problem.

I used acrylic paint. Finally, I added some details as sea stones, ribbons and feathers. To protect it I applied a varnish layer on it.

Step 7: The Rain Stick

And ta-daaaaa! I HAVE A RAIN STICK at last! And the best thing is that I made it by myself and I gave it a personal touch.

I've upload a video to let you hear the sound. Hope you enjoy it!

Formlabs Contest

Participated in the
Formlabs Contest

1 Person Made This Project!


  • Toys and Games Challenge

    Toys and Games Challenge
  • Backyard Contest

    Backyard Contest
  • Silly Hats Speed Challenge

    Silly Hats Speed Challenge

8 Discussions


5 years ago

Wonderful 'ible!! As a drummer and percussionist I have found that the "rhythm in my head" has morphed over the years and I am exploring and using more ....eclectic sounds, ones that are hard to duplicate. I have always wanted a rain stick ever since I played with an "authentic" one in a store at the mall, I just could NOT justify the cost. You have INSPIRED me to build my own!!! Thank you for blazing a trail for me! Keep up the good work.


Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

I had the same problem, I found a lot of rain sticks but all too expensive... for this reason I've made one :D It's very easy to make one. You'll spend more time painting it than making the rest . Glad to be an inspiration!

Ps. I would really love to play drums!


5 years ago

I remember fighting over these things with my friends in preschool because they were just so fun to play with. Good job!


5 years ago

it sounds great