How to Make an At-Home Mexican Rain Stick

by J.S. Copper

A rain stick is a hollow tube filled with beans and pins or nails that, when tilted back and forth, creates the illusion of the sounds of a rain storm, as the beans slide past the pins to the bottom of the tube. Creating a rain stick at home can be a fun craft to do with your children or students. The sticks can safely be made from a few household items in less than an hour. Be sure to have an adult supervise the process.

Items you will need

  • Paper towel cardboard tube
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Tin foil
  • Unpopped popcorn kernels or dried beans
Step 1

Draw two circles on the construction paper, roughly ¾-inch larger than the opening of the cardboard tube. Cut these circles out using the scissors.

Step 2

Place one circle at an open end of the cardboard tube. Tape the circle in place on the tub to seal the opening.

Step 3

Cut a piece of tin foil 1.5 times the length of the cardboard tube and 6 inches wide. Crinkle the tin foil together to create a long straw-like shape.

Step 4

Curl the tin foil straw into a spring-like shape. Insert the tin foil spring into the cardboard tube. The tin foil creates a contact point for the kernels or beans, that will help create the rain sound.

Step 5

Pour unpopped popcorn kernels or dried beans into the cardboard tube so that it is 1/10th full.

Step 6

Repeat Step 2 with the remaining construction paper circle to completely seal the rain stick. Tip the rain stick back and forth to create the sound of rain drops on your roof or patio.