After finding a sound I liked, I sealed the ends with duct tape to keep everything from falling out.

Next I spray painted both of them in the garage on newspaper. We let them dry overnight and the next day I painted the hieroglyphics on the sides.


For my musical instrument, I chose to make a rain stick. I actually made two so I could compare their sound. One is thin, the other is very thick.

My Mom helped me do research on the internet about rainsticks and how they are made.

Next, my Dad brought home two mailing tubes from work.

To make the rainsticks, I decided what size nails should be used in each tube to make the most noise. My Mom helped me to nail them in place using a hammer.

When we finished with the nails, they were a little loose so my Dad helped me tape around the tubes to hold them in place.

To make the noise, we put in beans, buttons, pennies and rice in both tubes. When you tip the tube, the items hit the nails on the way to the bottom to make a rain sound. When they stop falling, you can tip the tube the other way to repeat the process. 

The timbre is gravely. You have to shake it faster or slower to change the dynamics from soft to loud. There is no way to change the pitch from high to low.


A rain stick is a percussion instrument that originated in Australia and Africa. Made from dead cactus, they were filled with pebbles and used to remind the gods that they needed rain for their crops