Rattling Cardboard Tubes
July 15th, 2011 by Craftylocks


This is one of the great classic crafts for children. As well as recycling old cardboard tubes, and having some fun decorating – the children also get to make some noise.

The noise is not too annoying – although if you used plastic over the ends instead of paper as we have done, I am sure you could make them louder – but I quite like the more subtle sounding ones.

Just start with some cardboard tubes and tape some paper over one end. We put lots of tape over the paper to make the ends able to withstand vigorous shaking.

Pour in some hard things like rice, pasta, seeds, dried peas or beans or whatever else you are able to find. We tested the sound after putting it in by holding my hand over the open end and having a test shake. We decided against sunflower seeds after testing them as they were a bit light.

Then cover the other end and tape it shut. Time for some decorating fun! We made three and each is different. We painted one, covered another with contact film and tape, and then glued bits of tissue paper on one. Each is also filled with different materials – we thought the rice made the nicest sound.

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Craftylocks writes:
July 19th, 2011 at 2:24 am

I knew they reminded me of something!! Thanks Dawnie, I will have to make a few adjustments to the design and make some rainsticks one day.

dawnie writes:
July 16th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

awww – another winner-so much like a rainstick- love those

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