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Rain stick

Kids will love to hear the sound of rain indoors with this easy-to-make rain stick.

Make a rain stick for inside the house.

Resene Toys and Games with Mark Rayner - Project 31

Difficulty level: Easy

You will need: Artists’ brush, cardboard tube with plastic ends, dried rice, paintbrush, piece of baking foil, PVA glue, Resene Quick Dry, Resene testpots of Resene Bright Red, Resene Brown Pod and Resene Malibu.

To get the look: Mark painted the background table with Resene Lustacryl tinted to Resene Poppy.

Other ideas: Create a rainbow tube using Resene testpots of Resene Bright Red, Resene Gobstopper, Resene Hi Jinx, Resene Kermit, Resene Malibu and Resene Turbo.

Step 1
Step one
Remove the plastic ends from the cardboard tube.
Step 2
Step two
Apply one coat of Resene Quick Dry to the outside of the tube and allow to dry.
Step 3
Step three
Apply two coats of Resene Malibu to the outside of the tube, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 4
Step four
Paint umbrella canopies on the outside of the tube with two coats of Resene Bright Red. Allow two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 5
Step five
Paint umbrella tops and handles on the outside of the tube with two coats of Resene Brown Pod. Allow two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 6
Step six
Fix one of the plastic ends into the base of the tube using PVA glue. Allow glue to dry. If your tube doesn’t have plastic ends you can cut pieces out of an icecream container lid and tape on.
Step 7
Step seven
Take a piece of baking foil and loosely curl it into a tubular shape, as shown. Slide this into the tube.
Step 8
Step eight
Place half a cup of dried rice into the tube and fix the remaining plastic end into the top of the tube using PVA glue. Allow glue to dry.

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