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Easy DIY Rainstick Craft from a Paper Towel Roll-Great for All Ages

Who doesn’t love the sound of rain? A homemade DIY rainstick is a great craft to do with your kids on a rainy day! If you can’t enjoy the rain outside, might as well bring it in!

Your kids will be so excited once they realize they can create the sound of rain with just a few household items!

This DIY rainstick craft from a paper towel roll is great for kids of all ages!

This is such a great sensory project for little kids too. The best part, you can entertain your kids of all ages for at least 30 minutes with this craft. That’s a huge mom win for me!

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Materials to make your own rainstic:

How to make a DIY rainstick from a paper towel roll

  1. Use the end of your cardboard tube to trace two circles (about 5″ apart) on the construction paper.
  2. Cut out two circles about 3″ outside of the circles you traced.
  3. Cut slits around the circles that you traced.
  4. Lay the circle on one end of the tube and tape the slits around the end of the tube.
  5. Pull out a large piece of aluminum foil and roll it lengthwise
  6. Create a spiral with the aluminum foil by wrapping it around the cardboard tube.
  7. Place the aluminum foil inside the cardboard tube.
  8. Pour rice inside the tube.
  9. Place the other circle on the other end of the cardboard tube with tape.
  10. Turn your rainstick in all different directions and hear the soothing sound of rain!

That was so easy wasn’t it!

DIY rainstick

You can see where I traced circles out from the cardboard tube.

Speaking of cardboard tubes, did you see where I created a confetti popper from a toilet paper tube? You’ll have to check that out when you’re done with this project.

I’ve also shared a handful of other fun crafts from a toilet paper roll and paper towel roll too!

cutting paper for rainstick

You can also see where I cut around the circle leaving a few inches.

easy rainstick

The purpose for cutting the slits around the circle is so the rest of the construction paper will lay flat on the cardboard tube when you tape it.

creating end of DIY rainstick

Place the cardboard around the tube and tape it down.

DIY rainstick

You can see where I’m using the cardboard tube to create a spiral with the aluminum foil.

pouring rice for DIY rainstick craft

Pour the rice in the tube. It makes it easier for kiddos to use a funnel. If you don’t have one, no sweat, because it’s not necessary.

decorating rainstick

Start wrapping the tube (DIY rainstick) with construction paper.

This is the part of the project where you can be as creative as you want.

I chose to wrap the tube in construction paper to cover the yucky brown. You can paint it, add glitter to it, or even add wrapping paper to it!

I added a little ribbon to the end to make it look a little more “finished.”

This isn’t the most elaborate project I’ve ever completed, but it sure was easy.

Like I said, this is a fun rainstick craft that kids of all ages can do.

EASY DIY RAINSTICK
EASY DIY RAINSTICK
DIY rainstick craft

DIY RAINSTICK CRAFT FROM A PAPER TOWEL ROLL-GREAT FOR ALL AGES

DIY rainstick craft from a paper towel tube

Learn how to create your own DIY rainstick craft from a paper towel roll. Explore the sound of rain with this DIY rain stick.

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost 10

Materials

  • Paper towel roll (or cardboard tubes)
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Aluminum foil
  • Rice
  • Ribbon (optional)

Tools

  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Use the end of your cardboard tube to trace two circles (about 5" apart) on the construction paper.
  2. Cut out two circles about 3" outside of the circles you traced.
  3. Cut slits around the circles that you traced.
  4. Lay the circle on one end of the tube and tape the slits around the end of the tube.
  5. Pull out a large piece of aluminum foil and roll it lengthwise
  6. Create a spiral with the aluminum foil by wrapping it around the cardboard tube.
  7. Place the aluminum foil inside the cardboard tube.
  8. Pour rice inside the tube.
  9. Place the other circle on the other end of the cardboard tube with tape.
  10. Turn your rainstick in all different directions and hear the soothing sound of rain!

Save those paper towel rolls and grab some rice and aluminum foil. It’s time to make rain!

Thanks for stopping and happy crafting!

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